The Grail Enigma : The Hidden Heirs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene

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The theory that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and founded a dynasty inextricably entwined with the search for the Holy Grail shows no sign of abating. In his latest and highly readable volume, Gardner claims to reveal in detail the historical sources which ‘prove’ the progress of the ‘bloodline’ from Jesus and Mary Magdalene down to King Arthur.

Now I don’t doubt for one minute that such documents exist. If, however, like me, you view Jesus as a person of historical fact clouded in centuries of half-truths, convenient concoction and fanciful elaboration, it all seems perfectly reasonable, if somewhat pointless. The whole point about mythology is that it taps into mankind’s needs for neat solutions to unanswerable questions by giving life a meaning beyond mere existence and survival; that something of significance is just beyond our reach. And if Gardner makes a living from it, who can blame him? But believe it? Not me. And I don’t think he does either but never mind. It’s a highly readable book and all good clean fun.

 

 

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