Item description for Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed by Laurence Gardner...
From royal and suppressed archives comes documented proof of the heritage of Jesus in the West and the long awaited discovery of the Holy Grail. In fulfilling this time-honored quest, penetrating new light is cast upon the Grail Code of Service and the venerated feminine element, upheld in chivalry but forsaken by the Church in order to forge a male dominated society.
This unique work offers revelatory insight concerning the descendant heirs of Jesus and his brother James while, in documenting a hidden legacy of the Messiah, it unveils hitherto guarded facts about characters such as Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea. Tracing the sacred lineage through centuries of persecution and Inquisition, "Bloodline of the Holy Grail" reveals a systematic suppression of authentic records and a strategic manipulation of the New Testament Gospels.
Featuring all the charm and adventure of Arthurial romance, coupled with enthralling Rosicrucian and Templar disclosures, this extraordinary work has a cutting edge of intrigue that removes the established blanket of enigma to expose one of the greatest conspiracies ever told.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2002
Publisher Fair Winds Press
Edition Rev and Expande
ISBN 1931412928 ISBN13 9781931412926
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More About Laurence Gardner
Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster.
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Methinks he protests too much Feb 8, 2008
While Laurence Gardner is a fine writer, I feel that he pushes the bloodline theory of Jesus and Mary Magdalene beyond the limits of reason. I suspect his motivation may be of a personal nature. The inescapable fact is that the Knights Templar and other esoteric movements were not dedicated to Jesus, but to John the Baptist. It was John, and not Jesus, who was their true Christ. They had no interest whatsoever in protecting descendants of Jesus, real or imagined. Yes, they revered Magdalene, but NOT as the wife of Jesus. The Plantagenet Kings made John the Baptist their patron saint. So whose bloodline was sacred to them? The root of the great heresy traces back to John the Baptist (who also happens to be the patron saint of Freemasonry). So this book is mostly smoke and mirrors, like the Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
A Lot to Digest but has many compelling aspects Nov 6, 2007
The book is a complex mixture of intersecting themes and sub-themes, all of which tell important and interesting stories that have in common a continuous thread that intersects with Jesus' bloodline. Among the more important of these are the following ones:
--Jesus' genealogy and bloodline, which are traced from before his birth through his fleeing of the Holy land after he reputedly survived the Crucifixion, to his exile to France and the eventual establishment of Christianity through the Nazarene Sect in Churches in Ireland, through a series of European dynasties including the Merovingian dynasty, on to present times.
----The meaning and importance of the dynastic legacy through the throne of King David (the desposyni), of which Jesus was the chosen heir, and the role this and the Grail Code played in shaping the events of Jesus' life both as a royal heir and as an anti-Roman revolutionary; and how these helped lay the groundwork for the eventual development of both orthodox and non-orthodox versions of Christianity.
--The story of the Knights Templar, the Cistercians, the Knights of Malta, the Purieue de Sion, the Freemasons, and other secret societies whose primary reason for existing down through the ages seems to have been to protect and carry on the secrets of Jesus' bloodline. The book also explains the reason for their fame, fortune and influence: the eventual rediscovery of the wealth and riches of the Ark of the Covenant.
--The story of the development of the Christian Church and how the strain of Christianity that survived until today went horribly awry when Constantine commandeered the more radical "Pauline" Sect, rather than the more normal "Nazarene" sect and used it as the model for the present day Roman Catholic Church.
--An alternative explanation of the Crucifixion and others of Jesus' miracles recorded in the bible, which all seem to have come about as misrepresentations resulting from a failure to understand the full meanings associated with Jesus' role as a royal heir and revolutionary seeking to wrest power from the Romans and return it to the House of David, rather than his role as a simple itinerant working class religious preacher and proselytizer.
--The importance of the role that Joseph of Arimathea (Jesus' brother), played in continuing the family's bloodline -- as well as that of Mary Magdalene (Jesus' wife), and her three children -- played in the eventual establishment of their respective branches of Christian churches and shrines across Europe, especially in Ireland and England.
If one follows the details of this dense and often complicated and sinuous historical odyssey without judging it too carefully against some non-existent final scientific truth, or against accepted Christian orthodoxy, one is likely to see a greatly enhanced picture, one that is very much more complete and more in focus -- if not indeed more consistent and coherent than the accepted version of these stories.
This appearance of enhanced coherence derives from the fact that the stories are not only linked to Jesus' bloodline as one of several continuous linking threads, but also because the alternative explanations having been set in a much broader context. They also have a face validity and an internal consistency of their very own. But also and perhaps more importantly, they are not only not at odds with, but in fact, more often than not, track more closely with known historical facts than the orthodox version.
Since neither this story nor the orthodox Christian story can be verified in any thoroughly scientific way, logical consistency, face validity, coherence and cross-validation with know history becomes an important validating standard, one that cannot be entirely ignored or dismissed out of hand. When compared with the "Passover Plot" or with "Holy Blood Holy Grail," this version provides by far the more consistent and believable re-creation of the events of Jesus' life and legacy.
Highly intriguing and informative Oct 16, 2007
How else can you describe a book saying - and proving - that Jesus: --was a living man, --got married, --had children, --lived the cross (if it was he, who got crucified; see the Gnostics, for a substitute), --died many years after, --buried, somewhere (some, not LG, say, in Srinagar, INDIA)? How else can you describe a book, saying - and proving - that Mary Magdalene: --was a priestess, --a high-ranking one, --not a [...], --Jesus' lawful wife, --mother of JC's children, --cult-subject on her own? How else can you describe a book saying and proving, that Joseph of Arimathea was a close relative of theirs, settled in Scotland - where direct descendants of Moses (through his daughter, Scota), founded a kingdom, after roaming Spain and Ireland - and after a few generations, his offsprings and JC's, maried and so, there is a direct bloodline from JC? How else can you describe a book saying - and proving - that King Arthur was a real living creature and he was a member of this bloodline? How else can you describe a book taking this bloodline from the Habsburbs' provinces and crown and invest it in the Stuarts'? All this and much, much more, is written in a concise language, despite the unavoidable wealth of details and without blunt partisanship, though, being a Prior of the S. Columba church, Mr. Gardner could well say that he is writing a book advancing his aims. The book is provocative, because, along with the many books in the market, on the subjects of JC, Exodus, the Pyramids, the Holy Grail and the like, which, all, adress, from various points of view, the same fundamental questions of our origins, it shutters the very foundations of the Christianity, in general, and the Catholic Church, in particular. The Judeo-Christian culture is shown in a whole different light, which catapults it in a totally different time/place frame and so, sequestrates this 'holy cow' from the hands of the rabbinical/ecclesiastical establishment. This book is to be seen, versus the other books on the same subject, as the ultimative one, to my mind. A very well-written, thoroughly researched book, it poses two problems: what is the immediate consequence of this truth to the ordinary people and what is the role that the Jews should play, now, being the origin of it all? Also, what has to be the attitude of the Western elite to the Jews, knowing they are their forefathers? All said,I strongly recommend this highly informative piece of history writing.
One-Trick Pony Mar 28, 2006
Satan is a one-trick pony... he mixes lies with truth. The Bible calls him the Father of Lies. And if he really exists and has been around for as along as he has... he must be pretty darn good at it by now. Yes its true that Jesus is the Son of God, everything else in this fairy tale is a convenient "fact". Anyone can just throw "facts" out there but I challenge this author to provide as much fact as Lee Strobel does in "A Case for Christ". "But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their (Christians) simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't. You'd be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck." I'll give you three guesses who said that.
The Who's Who of the biblical world .... Feb 23, 2006
This book is not an easy read. It does take some brain thought or you will be lost. Although I did find it very interesting and factual. I would pass it onto those who take the bible as the 'only' word. This book shows that there is other documentation out there and the author has done his homework. A must read for those who want to know more about who's who in the bible.