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Bloodline of the Holy Grail

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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...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Fair Winds Press (MA) (first published 1996)
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David Dom
I found this a very interesting book to read and would recommend it to others. It tells so much more then just the Jesus lineage, because you also learn in which surroundings Christianity was born, and how to interpret the Bible's fantastic stories with every-day Jewish tradition and symbolism. You learn how the apostles Paul and Peter abused the teachings of Christ just to draw more power themselves and create the power-hungry Catholic Church of Rome which contradicts all the basic teachings of...more
Joe Wisniewski
I liked the first quart of the book. I gained some insights that I wasn't aware of in terms of the early days in the lives of the apostles, the political landscape of the Jewish society/culture.

However, it became clear that the author was going to take an approach as tunnel-visioned as Bible literalists; in this case, NOTHING in the Bible was to be taken literally. I can understand the concept of symbolism and can even appreciate that in some cases, "symbolic" or hiddem messages were embedded wi...more
Julie
The theme of Jesus’ lineage has been a hot topic during the last decade, and Gardner only offers a few original morsels. I found Chapters 3-8 the most enjoyable, as they deal with Jesus’ birth, life and ministry. Gardener references many obscure texts to justify his interpretation of the events which creates an interesting alternate theory. Later in the book, the pages were often bogged down with genealogical language that made me feel as if I was reading the “begats” in the Bible. There was a l...more
Catriona333
I read this about 1999 & it was my introduction to the Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene theory. That Christ, King David, King Arthur were all truly related according to this British Royal genealogist got my attention & my daughter's. I haven't read Holy Blood, Holy Grail the book that introduced most folk to the idea of Jesus & Mary with a child.
Debbi
Jan 17, 2014 Debbi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbi by: Jan Retherford
Bloodline of the Holy Grail has something in common with a really good mystery: its true purpose is revealed only in the last few pages, even though a very clear clue appears at the beginning. Bloodline features a glowing forward written by one "HRH Prince Michael of Albany Head of the Royal House of Stewart." It describes the book as having "incredible insight," and as "a remarkable achievement in the field of genealogical research." The forward admits that "rare is the historian acquainted wit...more
Deborah
Jun 07, 2012 Deborah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: an absolute must read.
Recommended to Deborah by: amazon.com
a wonderful read.examaine the gnostic gospels,the dead sea scrolls,the lost gospels of mary magdelgne,and st. thomas. found in 1947.also examines the different papal papers,and toran doctrine dated back to before the first christian movement.from king david to mary and joesph of arametha.explains with great detail,and royal doctrines,the pedegree of mary magedelgne and jesus,explains the jewish marriage laws.and lends great credence to the possiblity that the roman church was formed on ommisions...more
Sara
Prima parte:
La versione della figura di Gesù come uomo, come erede di una stirpe reale, come sovversivo... basata sui Manoscritti del Mar Morto, una lunga serie di documenti rinvenuti tra i resti della comunità egizia di Qumran, scritti secondo un codice che era noto all'intera comunità giudaica ("chi ha orecchie per intendere intenda") e aveva lo scopo di non lasciar trapelare informazioni sulla struttura politica ebraica al nemico romano.
L'autore tenta di spiegare la nascita del mito del fig...more
Amanda Mcdonald
This book was not an easy read. There where a lot of facts and names thrown at you that made it hard to keep everyone straight. I found my self skipping a lot of sections because they where very dry and tedious to read. I felt that the beginning was interesting and then became very dull, only picking up in the section of King Arthur and toward the end. I did start keeping notes as there are several facts that I wished to check out. While I do not wish to dismiss everything this author was trying...more
Kevin
This is a decisive and compelling geneological study of the man known as Jesus, his ancestors, and his decsendants. Offers a great perspective of the attitudes and concerns of people in the region back around the year zero.

I could never understand christians who would rather know less about their god than more. Sure, a book like this can denounce the Ressurection and many other central christian precepts, but shouldn't one seek out the truth rather than be afraid of it? Whether or not the state...more
Spencer
It's an incredibly intriguing take on reading of the gospel narratives to view the descriptions of events as symbolic, using titles for participants in a religious order, instead of ascribing to them the supernatural nature that a literal reading would require. There are a lot of dubious conclusions here, but the author's approach is so unique and compelling that it is well worth the read (or listen, in my case).
Pat
From what I can see, this book is as close to accurate one can get concerning ancient history. Beginning near the time of King David of Israel/Judah and continuing to near the present. Very interesting genealogical history of the line of Jesus and brother James. Well worth reading. You will not see the kings and queens of Europe quite the same.
vahid
Aug 28, 2007 vahid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Religion and anthropolgy researchers
this book is a quest to find Jesus's anccestors percisely. From Adam and Eve (which you will find out that the he is only from Eve and has no connection with Adam!) to Abraham, King David and so on.
for those who want to clarify their minds about Jesus's life and his previous history, this book is really suggestable.
Andrine Morse
Wastes too much time confusing the reader with patriarchal descent after having clearly established in this and other works the importance of Tanist descent. Still ... all in all I enjoy his books for their wealth of information. I use so often as references, they are in tatters.
Nick Peterson
The introductory chapters of this book should be read by anyone who perceives the Bible as literal truth. The author does a great job of discussing how ancient metaphorical statements (e.g., raising someone from the dead) do not necessarily mean what we think they do.
Ann444
Very interesting, held my attention, but Sir Laurence would like us to believe that European royalty descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. What's the point? Even if they did, what examples of people who didn't live up to their heritage.
Jeff
I picked this thing up back in the 90's, I think, and couldn't get past my own obsessive checking of footnotes.

Now I've decided to just read the damn thing and ignore the bibliography, and I'm enjoying it a lot more.
Andrew
I actually had read this before the whole DaVinci Code thing came out. It was a tough read at times and the authors make several large jumps, but it was still an interesting theory to read about.
Timothy
yet another book claiming Jesus bloodline flows in the veins of the Merovingians
Sandra
Jan 06, 2010 Sandra is currently reading it
Very interesting and a challenge. Good read.
Karen
Bad science, poor research, great fiction.
Marianne Delija
Not an easy read by any means, but so worth it!
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very good
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Laurence Gardner was a prominent author and speaker in the alternative history genre of research and writing.
--from the author's website
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