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Cathedral of the Black Madonna: The Druids and the Mysteries of Chartres Paperback – October 27, 2004
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"Markale's examination traces the appeal of the Black Madonna back to ancient goddess legends and times and provides plenty of insights into Druid mysteries." (The Midwest Book Review)
"Markale's linkage of the ancient Druid theology to the Catholic theology and its Marian devotion is a cogent work of historic research and religious considerations. Forget the 'DaVinci Code' and pick up this book instead." (Phil Hall, Arts and Entertainment, New York Resident)
. . . a good case is made for the paranormal background of this architectural wonder and the foundations that lie in the mystic rituals of the Celts and the druids. Cathedral of the Black Madonna is a formidable work. . . .provides ample ground for imagination and speculation as to the inner life of our ancestors.” (W. Ritchie Benedict, Fate, July 2005)
"If you have an interest in ancient cultures, goddess worship, the sacred nature of the cathedrals and those who built them, and the path of Gnosis, there is much to love in this book. . . . Read it, put it away and read it a few months later. You will see something within it that you did not see before." (Kathleen McGowan, The Expected One, Aug 2006)
" . . . author Jean Markale takes us far back to the underlying roots that flowered into the cathedral we see today." (Robert Simmons, MetaGuide Magazines, October 2010)
". . . this book will appeal to the serious scholar and the reader passionate about this unique cathedral; it is rich in information and ideas that can continue to be mined with each successive reading." (Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, ForeWord, Mar-Apr 2005)
Top Customer Reviews
There are layers of fascinating historical information within, the kind of detail that isn't found in a library, but that comes from Markale's lifelong love of his French homeland and the folklore and cultures that he was raised in. This is wisdom firsthand. It is experiential and real.
If you have an interest in ancient cultures, goddess worship, the sacred nature of the cathedrals and those who built them, and the path of Gnosis, there is much to love in this book. But don't expect a linear, typical journey. Markale is a genius, and he would never do anything that obvious.
Read it, put it away and read it a few months later. You will see something within it that you did not see before.
I have a hard time sticking with his writing. He's knowledgable; acclaimed; academic, however, does not'engage'the reader. I'm glad to have the book, as he has researched; extensive references; shared historic facts; epic passages from ancient times; rare photos.
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People are truly a puzzle, from culture to culture...worshipping a woman for having a baby...then mistreating women, wives, mothers otherwise... Read morePublished 22 months ago by B
I know I will enjoy this book as I have recenty returned from a journey to Chartres Cathedral......this beautiful building holds many secrets and mysteries.Published on December 28, 2012 by Jenn