The Spear

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This article is about a novel by James Herbert. For the satirical painting by South African artist Brett Murray, see The Spear (painting).
The Spear by James Herbert

The Spear is a 1978 novel by British author James Herbert dealing with Nazi occultism and the Holy Lance.

Plot summary[edit]

The book deals with a neo-Nazi cult in Britain and an international conspiracy which includes a right-wing US general and a sinister arms dealer, and their obsession with and through the occult with resurrecting Heinrich Himmler.

Court case[edit]

In an earlier version of the The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail/The Da Vinci Code lawsuit,[1] Trevor Ravenscroft sued James Herbert [2] claiming the novel infringed on his 1973 non-fiction book The Spear of Destiny.[3] Herbert declined to pay Ravenscroft damages and eventually removed the offending content.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'No surprise' in Da Vinci judgement
  2. ^ Ravenscroft v Herbert (1980) RPC 193
  3. ^ Ravenscroft, Trevor (1982). The Spear of Destiny. Weiser Books. ISBN 0-87728-547-0. 
  4. ^ Nick Freeman (2006) 'A decadent appetite for the lurid'?: James Herbert, The Spear and 'Nazi Gothic'. Gothic Studies Volume 8 (2). 80-97.