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Yet another author attempting to capitalize on the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, Wallace-Murphy (Rex Deus: The True Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau and the Dynasty of Jesus) here details his own version of Christian history. As he sees it, Rex Deus-a network of families descending from Jesus's union with Mary Magdalene-secretly keeps the flame of Jesus's true (but suppressed) teachings alive by means of Gothic architecture, tarot cards, freemasonry, and the Holy Grail myth. He further posits that the Knights Templar was the "overt arm of the hidden Rex Deus group." He traces the development of the Knights Templar from its beginnings as protector of Holy Land pilgrims after the First Crusade through charges of heresy and its subsequent fall from grace. Several of the author's assertions conflict with accepted scholarship; e.g., the general consensus among scholars is that Jesus remained unmarried and celibate. Suitable for public libraries, but balance with such works as Bart D. Ehrman's Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know About Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine.
—Nancy E. Adams