The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy by Laurence Gardner
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 described 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 suppressed 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 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 Magdalene Legacygoes far beyond the controversies stirred up by the fictional world of The Da Vinci Code.
Laurence Gardner's historical detective work on the suppressed archives of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and their hidden lineage first appeared in his worldwide bestseller, Bloodline of the Holy Grail. Since then, these controversial themes have been taken up in the world of fiction with the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, triggering a new and heated debate about the mysterious life of the Magdalene.
In The Magdalene Legacy, Gardner moves these themes on to extraordinary new levels, revealing the implications for the history of Western civilization:
- The Grail Child sensational new information from Vatican and monastic archives on Mary's secret marriage to Jesus and the documented persecution of their line after his resurrection
- The Priory of Sion - the truth about the enigmatic Order of Templars, and the underground stream that protected the sacred heritage of the messianic descendants
- The Gospel of the Magdalene the hidden records that reveal her true status among the apostles, and the forbidden texts that were edited from the Bible
- The Da Vinci connection the real meaning behind Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, and why the Renaissance Church censored portrayals of the Magdalene
Laurence Gardner is the internationally bestselling author of Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Realm of the Ring Lords, Genesis of the Grail Kings, and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark. He is a constitutional historian, and member of the Institute of Nanotechnology. Distinguished as the Chevalier de St. Germain.