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The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy - Revelations Beyond The Da Vinci Code Hardcover – 7 Feb 2005

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Element; 1st ed 1st printing edition (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007200846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007200849
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Bloodline of the Holy Grail:
“A controversial and uniquely comprehensive book of Messianic descent, compiled from the most intriguing histories ever written.” Publishing News
“This book, provocative as it may be, is not a work of fiction, but the product of years of painstaking research. Committed Christians will find it casts fascinating light on the origins of their beliefs.” Daily Mail
“Here is more than enough evidence about continual plots to suppess our Messianic heritage.” The Times

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Mary Magdalene is one of the most painted and sculpted of all classical figures, and yet she has been constantly vilified by the religious establishment. Why?
In the New Testament she is descibed as Jesus' sponsor, a woman that he loved, a close companion of his mother, and the first person to speak with Jesus after his resurrection. In contrast, Church doctrine claims she was a sinful harlot who, at some stage, became repentant. Why the discrepancy between scripture and dogma? And why were certain Magdalene passages deleted from the original Gospels before their inclusion in the New Testament in the fourth century?
From his privileged access to centuries of supressed Templar, Vatican, and monastic archives, Laurence Gardner presents documented evidence of Mary's true identity and secret marriage to Jesus, her connection to the Knights Templars, and the real relationship between the Magdalene and the Holy Grail. Gardner compares these extraordinary findings with intriguing depictions of her in fine art over the centuries - why has she been shown on board a ship, holding a grail, preaching to crowds, and pregnant or with a child?
Gardner's detective trail takes us from Mary's marital relationship with Jesus to her subsequent exile from Judaea, and the documented persecution of her heirs by a succession of Roman emperors. Why are these things not written in the Bible? They are. They are simply not taught or discussed. The Magdelene Legacy goes far beyond the controversies stirred up by the fictional world of The Da Vinci Code. Here is the explosive truth behind the mystery of the Magdalene, from one of the world's most respected writers and researchers on the subject.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book and should be read by all those researching this topic. It explores the person of Mary Magdalene and presents how frequently she is referred to in gospel texts and non-canonical gospels as well as accepted gospels.
Gardener explores the way her position was undermined and throws fascinating light upon the relationship between Mother Mary and Joseph and also Jesus and Mary Magdalene. I felt i had read the same material before though, and checking the references i saw much of this is to be found in Barabara Thiering's 'Jesus the Man'.
Many of Gardener's explanations lead to conclusions that make far more sense than if the text is taken literally. What i especially enjoyed was his analysis of the 'turning water in to wine' at the wedding in Canan and also the raising of Lazarus. Again, both these have been examined before by Thiering.
What Gardener brings expertise in is his analysis of the art world and also his examination of the lineage of Mary.
There were two main things that detracted from the text for me:
1. Reliance on Da Vinci Code reference
The book is full of references to the Da Vinci Code. I realise that this book is aimed at those who have just read the novel, but this was done overly so to a point where it feels a cheap marketing gimmick. The design of the cover is all part of this. Constant references are made to the Da Vinci Code and its undermined several times. The Da Vinci Code never claims to be 100% factually accurate - its a fictional story.
2. Jesus in India Appendix
Why Gardener included this appendix is very puzzling.
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78 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Grania on 27 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is in part a critical response to the issues and misconceptions raised by Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' and comes at a time when its subject matter is bemusingly familiar to the public. It is likely that with the current plethora of books and TV documentaries available on the subject; this particular tome might not attract anything like the attention that its fictional counterpart did. More is the pity, as few books on this legendary subject have been so comprehensively researched and so clearly written. Gardner writes with authority and lucidity that other researchers in this field lack. Unlike the writing trio of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' and 'Messianic Legacy'; he does not bewilder the reader by wandering off on embarrassingly fruitless tangents; nor does he digress into personal romanticisations of his subject as does the author in 'The woman with the alabaster jar'.
Gardner investigates the Magdalene of history and lore as well as her subsequent legacy in European history and art with both scholarly precision (without reading like a dusty academic) and insightful, thought-provoking commentary. If you are looking for a book on Mary Magdalene and the Grail; then this should be the one you choose.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I feel that the reviewer B.B. of The Magdalene Legacy has somewhat missed the point. The reviewer is correct in stating that nowhere in the four Gospels does it state that Joanna is the sister of Jesus but has failed to appreciate that is just the point that is being made by the author - the Roman church supressed the Gnostic gospels in which such information is to be found when the church was founded by Constantine 1700 years ago. It seems a pity to go to the trouble of reviewing a book if one cannot be bothered to read it properly or to understand the premise of the book in question. I believe this book to be an excellent starting point to an individual exploration and understanding of Gnostic writings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne L. Reuben on 28 Oct. 2009
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You just have to read this book to the very end. Once the details have seeped in; the reader will either be outraged by the way the Church have dealt with All the characters or cast it aside and say rubbish. I rather suspect the former comment will be made. The Church has outrageously ignored the true Joseph all through history. Both Marys, Mother and Daughter In-Law have been humiliated and cast down due to politics and greed by the church and they should now be honest enough to apologise and tell the TRUTH. Needs to be read. It's about time the Truth was out.
I'm sure the Ladies would be extactic to know that their place in history is now known or at least heading towards the exact spot.
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I have read many books on this subject, but Laurence Gardner, to me, gets the closest to the truth. When the Essene way of conducting their lives is put under the microscope, it becomes so much clearer. The Bible has been manipulated so much over the centuries, the reality of an amazing man, who was actually married and had a family, has got totally lost amongst other peoples need to create someone and something that fits their own end. The Davidic line continued through him and his descendant's, this book interacts with the Bible in respect there are places that, if you know what to look for, does tell you he was married. I thoroughly recommend this book, I intend to read it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor de Montfort on 10 Dec. 2008
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I was intrigued by this book, and read the first part with great interest but gradually I became suspicious of some of the claims made. On close inspection of a gigantic bibliography I realised that a lot of this author's research is based on secondary research and much questionable information. Also, where one would like to look at the origins of some of his statements there were no references. For an historian to get simple schoolchild facts incorrect makes the book totally unbelievable...Edward I, he claims, expelled the jews in 1209...Edward wasn't even born in 1209! Merrie England, according to the Oxford dictionary of Etymology, has nothing whatsoever to do with Mary England. If I had produced this work for my history degree my tutor would have drummed me out of my class.
It makes me angry that a subject The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy - Revelations Beyond "The Da Vinci Code"sensitive to many people can be so degraded by guesswork and poor factual research. I am glad to note that this book is not classified as History.
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