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The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy: Revelations Beyond The Da Vince Code

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  191 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
From the best-selling author of The Bloodline of the Holy Grail and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark comes an explosive historical detective story presenting secret archives on the mysterious life of Mary Magdalene, the hidden lineage of Jesus and Mary, and the real two-thousand-year-old conspiracy involving the entire history of Christianity. Mary Magdalene is described in ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Weiser Books (first published 2005)
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Kate
Jul 24, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. The novel focuses on Mary Magdalene and the theories surrounding her role in Jesus' life. This puts Jesus' life into context, explaining the miracles and society in which he lived. The only downside is that this is a factual/theoretical book not fiction, which makes it pretty hard going at times. You can't read huge sections without getting confused, for example, 'he was X of X, son of X, from the X family, meaning that X was X of X....' However, this really opened my eye ...more
Bill Shuey
In manner of full disclosure I only read this book for the purpose of obtaining some background information for analysis and possible inclusion in a book that I am working on.

The first half of the book, which I read, is very interesting. There is a great deal of historical information in the first half of the book which I found illuminating and interesting.

The second half which I only skimmed through concerned itself with possible descendants and families of the supposed union of Jesus and Mary
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Kerry
Sep 13, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read. Much more accessible than the voluminous "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". Well researched and argued and based very strongly on the research of barbara Schering and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Really enjoyed it!
Hanna
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Elaine
Another opinion. However, very interesting, but belief depends upon the reader.
Tessa
Apr 11, 2008 Tessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the perfect example of bad history. It started off well, and I was really intriged at first, but the rest is so contrived it makes me want to blow chunks. Asserting that Mary Magdalene MUST have written a particular gospel JUST BECAUSE she names herself last in a group of people (to be polite) is so flimsy and culturally driven that no decent historian would buy that as evidence. I'm one who actually believes there's something to the whole "Blood Line" idea, but this book is just cr ...more
Walt
Sep 29, 2012 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Very detailed (and highly circumstantial) evidence that Jesus may have been married to Mary Magdalene. The best part of this book is the history of how the books of the New Testament were included/excluded over the first 4-5 centuries. (Assuming the author has his history correct.)
Alise
Oct 07, 2012 Alise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many footnotes. Gardner has really done his homework. Many arguments about Jesus' heritage, his being of rabbinical descent for example, are quite compelling. If nothing else, it will make you think and pay attention.
Susie
Sep 13, 2015 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
had to leave the book behind with it's owner in France. will pick it up again when I get back home.
facinating book if are interested in church history pollitics and the women's legacy of Jesus.
Roberta Genovese
It was too much! I'm a devout believer, though that doesn't mean I don't read controversial books but this one went too far. I stopped because it seemed too far-fetched to me.
Mia
Sep 21, 2012 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read if you like conspiracy and mystery. The secrets behind Mary Magdalene are unravelled in this book by Laurence Gardner. I highly recommend it.
Mike
Apr 28, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another way to look at the davinci code. new theories that i never thought of before.
Rona
Apr 18, 2010 Rona rated it liked it
Interesting take on the Bloodline conspiracy...
Emilia
Jan 26, 2012 Emilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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the best book i have read
Sandy
Oct 30, 2009 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The truth behind the mystery of Mary Magdalene.
SHAKTI
Jun 11, 2010 SHAKTI rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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