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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; Rev Exp edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931412928
  • ASIN: B0058M7ZVC
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A controversial and uniquely comprehensive book of Messianic descent, compiled from the most intriguing histories ever written." Publishing News "This book, provocative as it may be, is not a work of fiction, but the product of years of painstaking research. Committed Christians will find it casts fascinating light on the origins of their beliefs." Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster.

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A good portion of this book is very dry.
D. Hauser
The biggest problem in this book is the lack of evidence and conjecture that follows.
Kevin J. Kelly
If you are looking for enlightenment and insight, this is the book to read.
Barbara K. Hauf

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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Denes on May 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Before the popular media latched onto the 'controversial' plotline proposed in the phenom novel 'The DaVinci Code', there were many other books that already investigated some of the dangerous ideas that Dan Brown played with. There were two books that, for me, were the heavy hitters; 'Holy Blood and Holy Grail', the fascinating yet ultimately unconvincing look into the connection between the life of Christ and Southern France, and Gardner's 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail'.
'Bloodline' is an extremely intriguing book. I devoured it relatively quickly, and overall quite enjoyed it. Gardner puts forth the same sort of heretical ideas 'Holy Blood' did, including the possibility that Jesus survived the crucifixion, possibly married Mary Magdelene, and had children whose ancestors make up some of the most important figures in royal history. It does this while tracing a meandering legacy from their union to modern day, and includes the bloodlines links to the Arthurian legend, Tarot imagery, Freemasonry and early American history.
As fascinating as this all is, the book really stands on precarious legs. For one, Gardner is happy to provide footnotes for already established facts, yet the more intriguing details are simply stated. The author can easily tell us the name of Christ's daughter, a piece of knowledge that would be explosive if provided with evidence, but in no way documents where this information came from. It's quite easy to be caught up in teasingly naughty tidbits like this (I found myself giving out nanosecond-long gasps) but the reader should quickly realize that much of the 'history' mentioned is not backed up at all. The author also never explains the importance of the bloodline or his theories.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "nonya_buisness" on March 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
In Laurence Gardner's 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail', we are provided with a story, or theory that will make many readers uncomfortable. After reading some of the other reviews of this book I think it best to make some points that may help future interested buyers. To start with, when one studies history one should never take anyone's word on anything, regardless of sited sources. Look up the sources yourself, and do the research. Secondly, be aware of the sources you are referencing, and be objective. In this case this will be near impossible for those whose faiths are brought into question. It was once said that seeking knowledge, or truth is like looking into a black pit. And sometimes one may find something looking back. This is the case for all those that base their reality on dogmatic faith. It has also been said that knowledge is the enemy of faith. Having studied the Torah, Talmud, King James Bible, and the Gospel of Thomas I have my own opinions of the early church, and the world that Jesus lived in. I would caution all readers of this or any other text to understand that books like history are written by humanity. And often, even with the greatest of intentions only a part of the truth is captured within their pages. It is up to you the student of life to find this portion of truth, and then fill the remaining void. Just because the Bible said this, or that happened, it does not mean that it really happened the way it is documented within its pages. And just because Mr. Gardner says this or that may of happened does not make it so either. Do your own research. Find evidence for any stated `fact' then make your own judgment. For those that judge blindly, or without thought are the true murderers of the truth. 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail' is a good read, and will cause many to start questioning history, and religion for the first time. As for this reader, I look forward to many years of my own research, and thank Mr. Gardner for his efforts.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you have strong faith (Catholicism, Christianity) and believe in the literal written and fundamental English translated language of the Bible, this book is not for you. It is principally for theologians and historians, who accept Jesus to have been a human man and not divine. He altered the course of history, that is for sure and established Christianity from his native Israel into present day Western society. Gardner quotes from sources that are rare and hard to find, older books from medieval sources, and uses art and tarot cards and the myth of Arthur and the Holy Grail in their connection to the truth about Jesus. He proposes that he was of the Qumran community (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found) and he married Mary Magdalene. He did not die on the cross and instead had someone else die in his place. From Magdalene, he was given a lineage, many of which lived their life as early Christian priests. This I can believe, but the claim that kings and queens of France and England (the Stewarts, etc) were descendants of Jesus/Mary is only a desire to claim "divine right of kings." This book is full of mystery and realism, that it can be like cracking a code to seperate fact from fiction. That is our job to do. Nevertheless, let the faithful be faithful. Believe what works for you. This is a great book. Changed my way of thinking. Look for his other books revolving around the Grail.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. B. on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Already being well-versed in the "Jesus Lived" conspiracy theory, there wasn't much in this book that was new to me, except for the more detailed and more speculative passages regarding the Gospels of Thomas contained in the Nag Hamadi scrolls, and some eyebrow-raising claims near the end - which I won't spoil.
What is unique about Gardner's take on the puzzle is his background as a Royal Genealogist and his claim his contacts have taken the story for granted, for centuries. Apparently, according to Gardner, everyone in the European nobility - or at least his circle, it seems - knew all along they were Christ's descendents.
Kind of brings a new twist to the Divine Right of Kings, don't it? In Gardner's world, the descendents of this bloodline are noble, dedicated public servants whose top concern is for the benefit of humanity.
Until I read this book, I was always fairly amused, if not bemused and intrigued, by the myth/legend/conspiracy theory so magnificently laid out by the authors of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" almost 20 years ago, and the entire cottage industry it spawned. Gardner's assertions, however, that these nobles descended from Christ are somehow destined to lead and serve, becomes disturbing to a US citizen raised in the belief that our political system is based on democracy - especially in these times of uncertainty, and especially when the Catholic Church's feet of clay become more exposed with each scandal. If one knows where and how to search, one can easily find and trace the lineage of the almost half of US presidents who came from this very bloodline - right up to and including our current Bible-quoting President.
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