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Bloodline Of The Holy Grail

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Did Jesus marry and have children? What happened to his family? Are descendants of his still alive today? This book reveals the sacred lineage based on actual historical records. Using his personal access to the sovereign and knightly archives of Europe, and to Templar and Vatican records, Gardner has compiled one of the most amazing histories ever written. Line illustrati ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published 2002 by Element Books Ltd (first published 1996)
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David Dom
Oct 13, 2009 David Dom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction
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
May 16, 2009 Catriona333 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2012 Ann444 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2014 Debbi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: an absolute must read.
Recommended to Deborah by:
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
Nov 19, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Steve Werner
It might be a bit unfair for me to give this only three stars. The depth of research here is incredible, and I found parts of it incredibly fascinating and illuminating. However, I was baffled by the complete lack of information on the life of Jesus post-crucifixion. The author seems to agree with many of the theories presented in Holy Blood Holy Grail. He goes into great detail on the adult life of Jesus, along with the symbology of the Essenes and their rituals, and the culture of the messiani ...more
Jan 30, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This was an interesting book, that had the slight air of someone uncovering a conspiracy theory. Thankfully, that aspect was not has heavy handed as some of these types of books can be, so it was still enjoyable. It had all the elements you could expect, however some new tidbits of information cropped up as well. A fair amount of discussion on James took place, as well as a fascinating Rosicrucian angle of inquiry. All in all, an enjoyable escapist historical read.
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).
Aug 02, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2007 vahid rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 05, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
May 03, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read about a much debated subject. What I like about the book is it doesn't force you to believe their ideas, it simple puts across the ideas and if you believe them fine. I did learn a few bits from this book and certainly look differently at this subject matter.
Nov 02, 2009 Sandra is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and a challenge. Good read.
Many of the author's suppositions are unbelievable. I enjoyed the first half, though I'm surly not buying all his assumptions. The second half gets bogged down in French/English history
A really weird book!
didn't really enjoy it
Marianne Delija
Apr 28, 2012 Marianne Delija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not an easy read by any means, but so worth it!
Aug 16, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad science, poor research, great fiction.
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Laurence Gardner was a prominent author and speaker in the alternative history genre of research and writing.
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