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Book Review - Bloodline Private of the Holy Grail (The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed)

by Laurence Gardner

Review by Reg Vickers

L aurence Gardner has undertaken an epic journey in search of one of the most elusive treasures of all time; The Holy Grail. Untold thousands of searchers have quested after this prize and many more have written tales of chivalry, romance and daring, inspired by The Grail. Gardner claims to have actually found it.

T he Bloodline of the Holy Grail is not a Medieval Romance concerning a knight and his perilous quest for a golden chalice. According to Gardner the Holy Grail is a royal bloodline, The bloodline of Juda, the ancient and royal House of David, Kings of Israel from the days of the Old Testament. The bloodline of this royal house is traced in considerable detail from well before the Egyptian Exodus of the Hebrews into the twentieth century. This is the family of Jesus! Gardner is uniquely suited for this quest as he is a diligent researcher with access to some if not all of Europe's religious and political archives, including many private and well-guarded repositories of ancient lore. To quote the publisher's official biographical sketch...

L aurence Gardner, Prior of The Celtic Church's Sacred Kindred of St Columba, is an internationally known sovereign And chivalric genealogist. Distinguished as the Chevalier Labhran de Saint Germain, he is Presidential Attaché to the European Council of Princes, a constitutional advisory body established in 1946. He is formally attached to the Noble Household Guard of the Royal House of Stewart, founded at St Germain-en-Laye in 1692, and is the Jacobite Historiographer Royal.

F rom new information gleaned from the "Dead Sea Scrolls" Gardner explains the marital status of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the subsequent royal bloodline that they sustained through the decline of the Roman Empire. The bloodline brought to France and England by Mary Magdalene and Jesus' brother James (also known as Joseph of Arimathea), the Royal Blood of Juda or "The Sangreal". Mary Magdalene arrived in Europe carrying the child of Jesus in her womb. In effect she was the vessel that contained Christ's blood, she was The Holy Grail.

T he bloodlines of several prominent European Royal Families of today are derived from the noble blood of Jesus and his brother James, most notably the Royal House of Stewart. Intertwined with the genealogical history of the Grail Family is the politics of religion and the rise and fall of the nations and brotherhoods that embraced the descendants of Jesus. Gardner sheds new light on the infancy and subsequent rise to power of the Christian Church and the reasons the church had for attempting to erase the knowledge of Jesus' bloodline from the pages of the Bible and history. A bitter struggle between the orthodox leaders of Christendom and the followers and believers of the "Sangreal" legacy lasted many centuries, in fact it is a struggle that has been ongoing now for nearly two thousand years. The unfortunate results of this conflict include the massacre of the Cathars, the trials and official persecution of the Knights Templars and at least three hundred years of the Catholic Inquisition. During the crusades many Templar Knights and several Grand Masters were members of this incredible family including Godefroi De Bouillon who was named King of Jerusalem in 1099. Throughout this period the Templars and their associates the Priory of Notre Dame de Sion were the keepers of the secret of the Grail and the official guardians of the members of the Grail Family.

T he fact that the Grail Family still exists today is largely the result of the somewhat spread out and diverse nature of the family and the safe haven the Templars helped them to secure in Scotland at a time when most of Europe was actively engaged in the extermination of the Templars at the request of the Pope.

G ardner explains some of the mystery that has surrounded the various cycles of Arthurian Romance, the Grail Knights, the Grail Castle and the seemingly anachronistic presence of the Templars both before and after their time. They exist to serve, and one of the prevalent themes of Gardner's narrative is the fact that the Grail represents service. Service to an ideal, service to a family and service to society. Gardner opens and closes this work with the question: Whom does the Grail serve? This is not a simple question. The attitudes of the followers and members of the Grail Family toward service to the people of their society has been one of the major causes of the religious and political persecution inflicted on them by governments and the Christian church for well over a thousand years. Jesus washed the feet of his deciples, this epitomizes the "Grail Code" of service. The operative question is: Whom does the Grail serve? Not: Who serves the Grail? Gardner weaves this theme throughout the book and relates it to the patterns of behavior of both groups and individuals connected to the Grail Family and those aligned against them.

T he genealogical research alone for this project must have been a monumental undertaking. The charts of various family lines are a great source of reference material for some of the most important houses of western civilization. The Appendices and Bibliography are extensive as well as informative on their own. The narrative portion of Gardner's work is that rarely achieved combination of historical facts and readable prose that keeps a reader interested enough to learn from the experience. Make no mistake; for the occasional reader of Arthurian and Grail Lore this book may be too firmly based on a historical framework to be "entertainment". Entertainment, however is probably not Gardner's first priority. This work was written for the reader with an open mind who really has a desire to chase down the facts concerning the Holy Grail. This book takes the reader far beyond the works of Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln such as "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail"(Jonathan Cape, London, 1982), and at the same time Gardner confirms a great many of their assertions and uses their work extensively in his bibliography. This is a book to keep on one's library shelf as a reference long after the first reading is done.

T he work of Laurence Gardner from within the Grail Family Circle is a daring example of the Grail serving the truth and serving the people whom so desperately need and deserve the truth.

Publication data: first published in Great Britain in 1996, Element Books Limited, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8BP

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