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Below are a small selection of books that will give you a background in understanding some of the mysteries surrounding the San Graal, or Holy Grail. In all celtic lands there are Holy Grail, San Graal or St. Greal traditions, and more often than not these are interwoven with tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Some traditions maintain that the Holy Grail was the cup, or chalice of the 'last supper' story in the new testament of the christian Bible. Others maintain that the san graal was the Cauldron of Caridwen of the ancient Welsh tradition, and that these had been christianised, and deliberately mystified, in order to break the link with the ancient druidic traditions and rituals that were still in daily practice well into medieval times - practices that the christian church in it's many manifestations were very determined to stamp out.

Seen as a challenge to the 'authority' of the christian church, the suppression of the 'old ways' resulted in the appalling brutality of the 'witchcraft' hysteria that historical records tell us was whipped up by catholic and protestant priests alike - hysteria which culminated in the 'burning at the stake' of countless unfortunate souls over many centuries in many lands. What has been uncovered in more recent times about the grail is that numerous 'secret societies' and 'orders of fraternity' have existed at various periods throughout the past 1500 years, each claiming to be the rightful 'guardians of the grail', and each claiming some form of 'divine authority'.

The Morien Institute takes the simple view that the various grail legends most likely originate within the bodies of ancient knowledge that were passed down through the generations in oral traditions in the celtic lands. That in line with common practice they were 'encoded' in the form of stories, or riddle-poems, and that what survives today is an odd mixture of these interwoven with half-forgotten historial facts that have been corrupted with the passage of time.

To suit the purposes of a christian priesthood of dubious integrity wishing to attract devout but gullible pilgrims to various shrines, many grail legends were embelished, and 'localised' in areas such as the town of Glastonbury in south-west England, where the false claim of the grave of King Arthur still persists to this day.

 

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"Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority" by Ann Graham Brock

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"Why did some early Christians consider Mary Magdalene to be an apostle while others did not? Some Christian texts, underlining her role as one of the very first witnesses to the resurrection, portray Mary Magdalene as the "apostle to the apostles", while other sources exclude or replace her in their resurrection accounts. This book examines how the conferral, or withholding, or apostolic status operated as a tool of persuasion in the politics of early Christian literature. Drawing on both canonical and noncanonical literature in her comprehensive study, the author reveals some intriguing correlations between the prominence of Peter in a text and a corresponding diminishment of women's leadership and apostolicity. This historical study of early Christian tensions has serious implications for current denominational discourse because authority, apostolic status and the ordination of women continue to be highly disputed topics within many Christian circles today."

 

"Mary, Called Magdalene" by Margaret George

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"Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared-and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific, 'Apostle to the Apostles'. Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, 'the diary of a soul'."

 

"The Church of Mary Magdalene: The Sacred Feminine and the Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau" by Jane Markale

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"The small church of Rennes-le-Chateau, in a remote village in southern France, may well hold the key to the proof of Mary Magdalene's marriage to Jesus and the bloodline they founded. In 1885 the village of Rennes-le-Chateau welcomed a new priest, Abbe Sauniere, for its church dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Abbe Sauniere ordered very strange restoration work for the church, and it is thought that he discovered something during this renovation that brought him to the attention of the power brokers of that time and made him a very rich man. Possible identifications of his discovery range from the gold pillaged from Delphi in Roman times; the treasure brought out of Jerusalem by the Templars, who had a strong presence in this area; and the missing Cathar treasure, spirited out of Montsegur mere days before the fall of that fortress."

 

"The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail" by Margaret Starbird

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"I am very impressed with Margaret Starbird's scholarly work in her book "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar". It tells the story of the lost Bride and provides strong evidence for the sacred marriage at the heart of Christianity, that of Jesus and Mary Magdalen. It is significant that all four Gospels record the anointing of Jesus by a woman with an alabaster jar of aromatic nard. In middle-eastern liturgical practices surrounding the ancient rites of the "sacred marriage" the anointing of the sacrificed bridegroom/king was a sacred ceremony reserved to his bride. The Gospel narratives describe the pre-nuptial anointing of Jesus by the woman with the alabaster jar and contain other elements from this ancient ritual."

 

"The Thirteenth Disciple: The Life of Mary Magdalene" by Gordon Thomas

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"The Thirteenth Disciple is the first full-length biography for thirteen centuries of the woman who loved Jesus. The closest of Jesus' followers, the name of Mary Magdalene conjures images of a woman both passionate and devoted, both sinner and saint. Speculation, often wild and lurid, about the exact nature of her relationship with Jesus has filled volumes. Detailed research and informed speculation offer a vivid and compelling account of her life. Thomas brings all his writing skill and investigative experience to bear on the gospel narratives, and the archaeology and anthropology of first-century Palestine, in creating this compelling and vivid narrative."

 

"Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess" by Lynn Picknett

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"Tradition and history have made of her "the other Mary." Even in the New Testament Mary Magdalene stands among women second only to Mary the Mother, albeit she has been reduced by the biblical Gospels to little more than a fallen woman redeemed by Jesus. In the Gnostic Gospels, however, Magdalene figures almost as significantly as Christ, who names her "the woman who knows all." The conflicting accounts of Mary Magdalene have sent best-selling author Lynn Picknett on a quest for the truth that has led her to the thirteenth-century cult of the Black Madonna, then back to Christianity's beginnings and earlier. Based on her explorations into new scholarship on recently discovered Gnostic texts, Picknett finds a vital partnership between Jesus and Mary that synthesized Eastern and Egyptian mysticism and that promulgated gender equality, anointing rites, and sexual rituals."

 

"According to Mary Magdalene" by Marianne Fredriksson

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"Fredriksson gives a human face to Jesus of Nazareth in this account told by the woman who was his apostle, closest companion, and?yes?bedmate. This Mary Magdalene is a teenaged, yellow-haired, blue-eyed Jewish whore?orphaned as a child when Roman soldiers brutally murdered her family?who meets Jesus walking in the mountains and teaches him carnal love. Years later, when Mary is in a companionable marriage to the Greek centurion who took her in as a child, she is courted by Simon Peter and Paul for her recollections of Jesus and finally records her own account."

 

"The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha and the Christian Testament" by Jane Schaberg

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"Within a progressive feminist framework, this volume approaches Christian Testament sources through analysis of legend, archaeology and gnostic/apocryphal traditions. Using feminist cultural and Christian Testament studies, Schaberg makes a case for Mary of Magdala's theological resurrection. The use of the writings of Virginia Woolf as a counterpart to the major theme of the book, Mary Magdalene, in Scripture and tradition, pioneers a new interpretative approach at the study of Christian origins."

 

"Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians" by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy

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"Drawing on modern scholarship, the authors of the international bestseller The Jesus Mysteries decode the secret teachings of the original Christians for the first time in almost two millennia and theorize about who the original Christians really were and what they actually taught. In addition, the book explores the many myths of Jesus and the Goddess and unlocks the lost secret teachings of Christian mysticism, which promise happiness and immortality to those who attain the state of Gnosis, or enlightenment. This daring and controversial book recovers the ancient wisdom of the original Christians and demonstrates its relevance to us today."

 

"The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by Jean-Yves Leloup, Joseph Rowe & Jacob Needleman

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"Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Also known as Miriam of Magdala, Mary Magdalene was considered by the apostle John to be the founder of Christianity because she was the first witness to the Resurrection. In most theological studies she has been depicted as a reformed prostitute, the redeemed sinner who exemplifies Christ's mercy. Today's reader can ponder her role in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew--the collection of what have come to be known as the Gnostic gospels rejected by the early Christian church. Mary's own gospel is among these, but until now it has remained unknown to the public at large."

"Merlin, Arthur & the Holy Grail"

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"Journey's Of The Grail"

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"Legends Of The Isles - Merlin The Wizard/The Holy Grail/Stonehenge"

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"The Legend of King Arthur - In Search of Merlin"

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"Biography: King Arthur - His Life and Legends"

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"Biography: Mary Magdalene - The Hidden Apostle"

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