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The Magdalene Legacy

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With numerous books in the area, this one to me stands out above the crowd for its comprehensive research. It came to me highly recommended and it doesn’t disappoint. Issues and controversies raised in The Da Vinci Code are expertly handled and analysed in a clear and sometimes thought-provoking way.


The Magdalene Legacy by Laurence Gardner

Laurence Gardner's impeccable research takes us on an exciting detective trail to piece together the true, controversial significance of the Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene is described in the New Testament as Jesus' close companion and a woman that he loved. And yet, the Church teaches that she was a prostitute who, at some stage, became repentant. Why the discrepancy between scripture and dogma?

Why does Mary appeal so romantically to artists, who have painted her throughout the centuries as something much more significant than the Church traditionally portrays?

What is the secret of Mary Magdalene and how much do we really know about her relationship with Jesus? Were they married? Did they have children, and if so, who makes up the messianic lineage?

The book includes exclusive insights into:

the Da Vinci connection: The real meaning behind Leonardo da Vincis paintings and why the Renaissance Church censored portrayals of the Magdalene
- the sacred marriage of Jesus and Mary
- the truth about the enigmatic Templar society called The Priory of Sion and the underground stream that protected the sacred heritage of the messianic descendants
- the truth behind the Knights Templar who they were and what their role was
- the hidden gospel of the Magdalene, excluded from the New Testament canon
- Mary Magdalene goddess or prostitute? Her life and exile in France
- the forbidden tomb: the secret resting place of Mary Magdalene.


'In his brilliant new work, The Magdalene Legacy, Laurence Gardner expands on the Jesus and Mary Magdalene bloodline conspiracy that he covered in his first book, Bloodline of the Holy Grail. He pieces together the picture that Mary Magdalene was far from the so-called whore that Roman Church dogma declared her to be, but a priestess of high status and lineage and also the wife of Jesus.' - Nexus

About the Author

Laurence Gardner

Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster. Distinguished in Europe as the Chevalier de St. Germain, he is Presidential Attaché to the European Council of Princes and the appointed Jacobite Historiographer Royal. In Scotland he is Prior of the Sacred Kindred of Saint Columba and Preceptor of the Knights Templars of St. Anthony.

In the artistic domain, Sir Laurence has been Conservation Consultant to the Fine Art Trade Guild, while in the world of music and the performing arts, his libretto compositions have been performed at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His writing career has included collaborative projects with national institutions such as the British Tourist Authority, the Government of Ontario and the Russian Ministry of Culture.

In the popular literary world of revisionist history, Laurence is a UK Top-10 and internationally bestselling author, with national press serialization and acclaimed works in many languages. His books include Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Realm of the Ring Lords, Genesis of the Grail Kings and the forthcoming Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark.

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Publication date

15th December 2005


Laurence Gardner

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Harpercollins Publishers


Paperback (b Format)


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