Friday, September 11, 2009

Legend of Mary Magdalene

Screen capture. Hugh Montgomery, The God-Kings of Europe. Image courtesy of Google Books.

Hugh Montgomery cites this story in his God-Kings of Europe (2006:124) and also God-Kings of Outremer (2008:Appendix C).
"Now it came to pass in those days that a Priestess of the Goddess from the village of Bethany of the Tribe of Benjamin and a keeper of the Sacred Doves was affianced to a man called Jeshua for she had served her six years. Now Jeshua was of the House of David the King and they were married.

And Jeshua rebelled against the oppressors against Rome and was defeated, but many Romans were devotees of the Mother and were unwilling to kill her priestess who was with child. So Miriam took ship and was secretly smuggled into Gaul where she was delivered and there she abode many years. Now she bore a daughter who was exceedingly fair and the King of that place looked upon her and demanded that she be his wife but she was promised to the Goddess. But the King would not have it so and took her and made her his wife and she bore him a son and a daughter.

But the Goddess was exceeding wrath for his rape of her daughter and cursed him saying, 'Thy seed shall be estranged from me and thine inheritance taken from thee. Thy seed shall end by the piercing of an eye and so shall thine inheritance cease.

Yet for the sake of my priestess whom thou ravished shall I forgive thee and thy seed if they fulfil those labours which I shall give to them.

They must fight and capture that which was lost to the oppressors of thy wife though they shall not hold it for they shall suffer betrayal (as thou betrayed me). Unless one of thy seed shall end the House of their betrayers by piercing the eye of its Liege. To this family shall I award greatness if they return to me and from this time to that shall be four and one hundred generations.'"

Montgomery states that "the document . . . was around the south of France in various forms at the time of the Albigensian Crusade (1209)." He believes Jacobus de Voragine may have written the Magdalene account in the Golden Legend to refute this one. The English translation is from the 17th century.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Evidence for the Judaic Marriage Imperative

Genesis 1:27-28

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper [The Hebrew azar is also translated as partner.] suitable for him."
Genesis 9:1

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth."
Sirach 36:24-26 (2nd c.)

A man with no wife becomes a homeless wanderer. . . . So who will trust a man who has no home, and lodges wherever night finds him.

Talmud, Kiddushin 29a (2nd-3rd c.)
He must circumcise him, redeem him, teach him Torah, teach him a trade, and find a wife for him.
Talmud, Yebamoth 64a
Whoever renounces marriage violates the commandment to increase and multiply; he is to be looked upon as a murderer who lessens the number of beings created in the image of God.
Jewish Encyclopedia, Marriage Laws:
Age for Marriage.

The first positive commandment of the Bible, according to rabbinic interpretation (Maimonides, "Minyan ha-Miẓwot," 212), is that concerning the propagation of the human species (Gen. i. 28). It is thus considered the duty of every Israelite to marry as early in life as possible. Eighteen years is the age set by the Rabbis (Ab. v. 24); and any one remaining unmarried after his twentieth year is said to be cursed by God Himself (Ḳid. 29b). Some urge that children should marry as soon as they reach the age of puberty, i.e., the fourteenth year (Sanh. 76b); and R. Ḥisda attributed his mental superiority to the fact that he was married when he was but sixteen years old (Ḳid. l.c.). It was, however, strictly forbidden for parents to give their children in marriage before they had reached the age of puberty (Sanh. 76b). A man who, without any reason, refused to marry after he had passed his twentieth year was frequently compelled to do so by the court. To be occupied with the study of the Torah was regarded as a plausible reason for delaying marriage; but only in very rare instances was a man permitted to remain in celibacy all his life (Yeb. 63b; Maimonides, "Yad," Ishut, xv. 2, 3; Shulḥan 'Aruk, Eben ha-'Ezer, 1, 1-4;
see Celibacy).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More on Montgomery Documents 1 and 2

From "Appendix 2: Origins of Documents 1 and 2," The God-Kings of Europe:

When I first published these documents in Montgomery Millenium in 2002 I gave an incorrect reference for them. The correct provenance for these documents is as follows:

Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) was the foremost scholar of this day. He studied at the College of Guienne in Bordeaux and later the University of Paris, first under Turnebus and later under Jean Dorat. It was the latter who recommended Scalinger [sic] to Louis de Chastaigner, Lord of La Roche Pozay, with whom he became a lifelong friend and with whom he travelled throughout Europe, studying and buying books and manuscripts.

Scaliger became fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic and acquired a remarkable collection of original manuscripts in those languages. He also had the opportunity to use the Library of a man named Cujas in Valence, whose library consisted of seven or eight rooms with no less than five hundred original manuscripts.

In 1593 he became Professor at the University of Leiden and remained so for the rest of his life. He became the bane of the Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuits, pointing out to them that many of the books on which they relied were either bogus or at least doubtful. In his De emendatione temporum (1583), he revolutionised all the received wisdom on ancient chronology and pointed out that it was necessary to include the chronology of the ancient Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians and Hebrews, hitherto considered worthless.

When he died in 1609 he left all his books and manuscripts to the University Library, including the Leiden Papyrus, dealing with magical spells supposedly used by Jesus (tous mes livres de langues étrangères, Hebraics, Syriens, Arabics, Ethiopiens).

For complete story see Joseph Scaliger: A Biography, by Jakob Bernays, Berlin, (1855) or Anthony Grafton -- Joseph Scaliger: A Study of Classical Scholarship, 2 vols. (Oxford University Press, 1983 & 1993). See also:

Document 1 is almost certainly a complete or extended version of St. Matthew's Gospel written in Syria around 150 AD (See Morton Smith's book, The Secret Gospel of Mark, p. 142). He discovered a fragment in Greek of the unexpurgated version, which has been authenticated.

William Montgomery (1633-1706) also played a role in these documents. He was educated at the University of Leiden where he studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He translated two of these documents into English (Documents 3 and 4) using an English not dissimilar to the Authorised Version of the Bible. These versions he kept and later put them into the Library of County Down, Ireland, when appointed "Custos Rotulorum" by the Duke of Ormonde. It is also quite likely that he translated the following Document 1 fragment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dynasty of the Holy Grail

Figure 1. Dynasty of the Holy Grail (2006). Vern G. Swanson. Image screen capture courtesy

This book by Vern G. Swanson promotes the bloodline theory from an LDS perspective. I'll post a chart from the book now (above) and give further updates later.

See also: Royal Lines from Zarah and Pharez Judah

Friday, July 10, 2009

God Kings Continued

The following images are screen captures from the DVD, God Kings. The first shows a copy of the document in the possession of Professor Hugh Montgomery that he calls Document 1 referred to in the previous post.

In the film he reads and translates Document 1. Three lines from the bottom or to our left, one can barely make out (I had to freeze frame the DVD at 27:33) "...IESU GENUIT EX UXORE MARI DE BETH*ANI ... SAULUS FILIA ... QUE MARI AETHIOPIA FILIUS ... ET"

This document essentially claims that Jesus had two wives or a wife and a concubine. These were Mary of Bethany and Mary of Aethiopia who Montgomery believes is Mary Magdalene.

Document 1. God Kings (2009). Screen capture at 27:33.

What Montgomery refers to as Document 2 is shown below. The Latin text reads as follows:

Maria et Jesu Maria genuit. Maria et Sigismundus Ruth et ejus frater genuit. Ruth et Osmeus Elchasius genuit. Elchasius Marthana et Martha genuit. Maria ex semene sancto Elchasius viro Ata nubit. Maria et Ata Clodomirus genuit. Clodomirus Merovus genuit.

This document is showing a line of descent from Jesus and Mary of Bethany to what appears to be the ancestor of the Merovingian dynasty. Montgomery believes there are generations missing as he shows in his charts in the previous post.

"House of Bethany" (Document 2). God Kings (2009). Screen capture at 28:04.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hugh Montgomery's Theory

SOURCE: Hugh Montgomery, "Family of Jesus from all sources - 1 House of Saul (Benjamite)," The God-Kings of Europe (San Diego, CA: Book Tree, 2006), p. 144.

SOURCE: Hugh Montgomery, "Family of Jesus from all sources - 2," The God-Kings of Europe (San Diego, CA: Book Tree, 2006), p. 145.

SOURCE: Hugh Montgomery, "Nabatean Royal House," The God-Kings of Europe (San Diego, CA: Book Tree, 2006), p. 146. NOTE: These genealogies are provisional and further research continues which may result in changes.

SOURCE: Hugh Montgomery, "Family of Jesus 5," The God-Kings of Europe (San Diego, CA: Book Tree, 2006), p. 147.

One of Professor Montgomery's sources is a document he refers to as Document 1. Montgomery believes that it is a "complete or extended version of St. Matthew's Gospel written in Syria around 150 A.D." The following is an English translation of the relevant portions of Document 1. The sections in parentheses are by Montgomery and are not in the original.
And David the King begat Solomon on the wife of Uriah the Hittite and Solomon begat Roboam, who begat Abia . . . (it goes on in this vein with several fragments missing until) -- And Jacob begat on . . . Joseph who begat on his wife Miriam, Jeshua, Judah and Jacob and Jeshua begat on his wife Miriam of Bethany (of the house) of Saul, a daughter . . . and on Mirium . . . (of the house) of Æthiopia a son . . . and (a daughter) and Joseph of the House of Arimathea begat on . . .

SOURCE: Montgomery (2006), 162.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

God Kings

The above is a trailer for the movie documentary, God Kings. I'm amazed I had not heard of this film. Here is the product description at Amazon:

Based on decades of research and the aid of scholars from around the world, God Kings for the first time brings a scholarly and educated look into the world of Royal bloodlines. The implications of this work are enormous as they involve a lineage traced back to Odin, once believed to be a Norse god, whose lineage then merged with the bloodline of Jesus Christ himself.

As Professor Hugh Montgomery explains, many royal families around the globe know that they are indeed descended from Jesus and the Davidic line, and yet this incredible story has remained a secret for centuries.

Discover why the line of David was so important and where it originated. Venture back to the time of Mesopotamia and the great God-Kings of antiquity.

Find out how widespread this bloodline is today and how even George Washington was a member of this elite lineage.

Professor Hugh Montgomery has steadfastly refused to be part of the Da Vinci Code debate feeling the real facts have never been properly studied and accepted. Other authors, such as Michael Baigent, have consistently referenced Montgomery as a source for their own work, stating they had "been presented important documents." These documents are owned by Professor Montgomery and are represented here in God Kings for the first time.

Join us as we trace the hidden secret of the real Bloodline.

Click the image below to purchase the DVD from

Purchase God Kings at Amazon.

Montgomery also has a trilogy of books available.

More links:

Hugh Montgomery - The God-Kings: Babylon, Ulvungar & Oden
The God-Kings - Holistic Channel

The God-Kings of Europe By Hugh Montgomery (Excerpt from Google Books)
Da Vinci Code is claptrap, says man who claims to know Gospel truth

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Templars and Talpiot

Margaret Starbird posted the following on the Da Vinci Code forum:
On the "Priory of Sion" list, Clay posted this very interesting comment:
...the oldest existing Masonic catechism, the Edinburgh Register House Manuscript of 1696, contains this question and answer:

Where lies the key? In a bone box.

The traditional interpretation is that this is a sort of riddle, that the key is the tongue and the bone box is the skull and jaw.

But a "bone box" could be an ossuary.
My reply:
I'm interested to know that the "Key is in the bone box"!

I was fascinated to learn in 2006 of James Tabor's research regarding the "Talpiot tomb" and the speculation that the Templars had been shown the site during their sojourn in Jerusalem. I can well imagine a scenario where Templar leaders were shown the tomb and its ossuaries and became convinced that it was the actual tomb of Jesus and his family. That would account for the rumors about their alleged power which had to do with the body of Jesus, so aptly illustrated (IMO) by the "charioteer" card in the Tarot deck erroneously named "Gringonneur/Charles VI" which shows a military man with a battle ax astride what looks like a hearse. His feet are standing on decorations that resemble the letters I and C (the intials IC stand for Iesu Christi in many medieval watermarks).

This card appears to depict the rumor that the Templars were custodian of the "great secret" that Jesus (at least his skull and crossed shin bones?) was not ascended body and soul as proclaimed by Roman Catholic doctrine, and seated on a throne in heaven. In my Tarot Trumps and the Holy Grail (2000) I postulated that the rumors persisted in Europe that the Templars had discovered "written materials and perhaps even the grave or ossuary of Jesus." It's always seemed to me an acute synchronicity that the Jewish people in Jerusalem were using ossuaries to store the bones of their dead precisely at the time when the Christian story appears there--a practice that only lasted until the fall of the city to the Romans in AD 70.

The Talpiot tomb is unique in the percentage of ossuaries bearing inscriptions (6 of 10, when the average is about 20%). That alone suggests that there was something very special about this particular family and tomb--not to mention that amazing
concurrence of family names with those of Jesus' family in the Gospels.

I can't prove that the Talpiot tomb is that of the family of Jesus, but it would not surprise me in the least to learn that the Templars who were shown that tomb in the 12th c believed that it was, and that it was that belief that spawned the "Grail" stories that bloomed soon afterward in Western Europe.

In an extant document from 1213, Pier Vaux de Cerney, a chronicler of the Albigensian Crusade and the brutal burning of the Church at Beziers on Magdalene's feast day (22 July 1209) where the townspeople had sought sanctuary from the French troops who invaded their town, states that this holocaust was "Divine Providence" to punish the Cathars for their slanderous belief that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were lovers. I believe this tenet was indigenous to the region, where Mary Magdalene was alleged to have fled as a political exile from Jerusalem, bringing with her the "Holy Grail." The "fishes" painting from Metz, posted on my website is from c. 1250 (shortly after the fall of Montsegur). Clearly medieval Europeans believed something significant about the "partnership" of Jesus and Mary Magdalene--
"avatars of Pisces"?
Peace and well-being,
"The Woman with the Alabaster Jar"

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jesus Coat of Arms

Jesus as a medieval armiger
(c. 1450). Hyghalmen Roll, College of Arms. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Note the blood from the wound of the Lamb in the image above is flowing into a chalice or grail.

Jesus as a medieval armiger
(c. 1450). Hyghalmen Roll, College of Arms. Image courtesy of

According to the description, "Medieval officers of arms thought it important that notable individuals from before the heraldic age should have arms attributed to them."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Holy Grail & The Grail-Kings

David Hughes' list of Grail Kings is interesting. He admitted in an email to me that he does not consider the list to be historical. Hughes has done a lot of genealogical research, but unfortunately in my opinion at least, he also admits he has little patience for footnotes.

01. Joshua (Jesus), first Grail-King, circa AD 100; 43rd generation in male-line descent from King David of Israel; died unwed without issue.

02/(43B) Alain "Li Gros" ["The Large"], 2nd Grail-King, his younger brother = [his cousin] Elis, daughter of Bran "The Fisher-King" & Enygeus, Joseph of Arimathea’s daughter.

03/(44A) Josue, Grail-King, had a bro, (44B) Isaiah.

04/(45) Alphanye, Grail-King.

05/(46) Aminadab, Grail-King.

06/(47) Catheloys (Carcelois), Grail-King; founded the religious-order of the "Castellors", which was later suppressed by the Catholic Church; built Corbenic Castle to house The Holy Grail & as the home of the Grail-Kings & the religious order.

[Note: The name "Corbenic", is derived from "cors benoit" [= "blessed body"], whence the town of "Corbeni" in Picardy, France, got its name]. The order of the Grail-Kings was removed to Britain in the early 500s, and left "Corbenic Castle" empty, which was later razed by Charlemagne, circa 800].

07/(48) Emanuel, Grail-King, son, the father of:

08/(49) Titurel, Grail-King; founded military-order of the Grail-Knights, circa AD250; the father of:

09/(50) Enfertez [a.k.a. Anfortas I] (275), Grail-King, the father of:

10/(51) Frimutel, Grail-King (300), the father of:

11/(52) Mazadan [Ahura Mazda], Grail-King (325) = Terdelaschoye.

12/(53) Laziliez, Grail-King (350), the father of:

13/(54) Zamphir (Zamfir; Zambor) (Zamvirz), Grail-King (375).

Issue of (54) Zamphir (above), was:

(55A) Lambor, Grail-King (400).
(55B) Galegant (Garlon; Galant), father of (56A) Tampenteire [father of (57) Kardeiz [I], father of (58) Condure (dau), [3rd] wife of Parzival (below)], (56B) Gurnemanz [father of (57) Gurzgar, father of (58) Gandiluz], & (56C) Manpfilkjot [who, by wife, Schoysiane, begot (57A) Trevrizent "The Hermit" & (57B) Sigune (dau), wife of ... ]
(55C) Addanz (below)

14/(55) Lambor, Grail-King

Issue of (55A) Lambor (above) was:

(56A) Pellam [Pellehen], Grail-King

(56B) Yglais (Eglise) (dau), [3rd] wife of Amlawd "Wledic", King of Britain, the father of (57) Ygerne, mother of (58) King Arthur of Britain]

15/(56) Pellam, Grail-King

issue of (56A) Pellam (above) was:

(57) Pelles of Corbenic Castle

16/(57) Pelles of Corbenic Castle, Grail-King

issue of (57) Pelles (above) was:

(58A) Amfortas [II] "Grail-King"

(58B) Herzeloyde (dau), [2nd] wife of Gahmuret, &, the mother of Parzival (below)

(58C) Elaischoye [note: the post-Vulgate changed her name to "Elayne"], wife of Lancelot, mother of [Sir] Galahad, a knight, later, "Keeper of The Grail", who died celibate

17/(58) Amfortas [II] "Grail-King", the last of the main-line = Orgeluse and had issue:

(59) Elayne (dau), who died unwed and childless.


issue of (55C) Addanz (above) was:

(56) Gaudin, who, by wife, Schoette, begot three sons,


(57A) Gaheviez, the father of (58) Ither "The Red-Knight"

(57B) Galoes, who, by wife, Flurdamur, begot two or more sons, including (58a) Antikonie & (58b) Vergulaht, as well as several daughters, including (58c) Rischoyde [wife of Kaylet], (58d) Repanse de Schoye [wife of Feirefiz]; & (58e) Riautrise [wife of Guerin]

(57C) Gahmuret

18/(57) Gahmuret, Grail-King; was contemporary with his cousin Amfortas II (above), the last of the main-line, and appears as the next male-line heir

=1 Achefleur
=2 Belakane, Queen of Zazamanc [Africa]
=3 Herzeloyde (above)

issue of (58C) Gahmuret (above) by 1st wife was:

(58A) Aglovale
(58B) Lamorat (Lamerocke)(Lischoise)
(58C) Schenote

issue of (58C) Gahmuret (above) by 2nd wife was:

(58D) Feirefiz; = Repanse de Schoye [Repense de Joie], & begot of (60) John "The Prester"

issue of (58C) Gahmuret (above) by 3rd wife was:

(58E) Parzival (Perceval) (Parsifal) (525), posthumous son, is made the story’s hero in the medieval romance "Li Conte del Graal" (1190), by Chretien de Troyes. Parzival is identified with Sir Percy in Medieval Arthurian Romance. Wolfram von Eschenbach says that he wrote "Parzival" (1220) to correct the version Chretien de Troyes gives. The "son" of Parzival is said to have been Lohengrin, but "descendant" is what is meant here, for Lohengrin has been identified with Warin of Lorraine (1025), who lived 500 years after Parzival’s time. The name "Lohengrin" [="Loherenc Garin"] is a corruption in medieval romance of the name "Warin of Lorraine".

19/(57) Kardeiz [I], Grail-King

20/(58A) Aglovale, Grail-King

21/(58B) Lamorat (Lamerocke)(Lischoise), Grail-King

22/(58C) Schenote, Grail-King

23/(58E) Parzival, Grail-King

=1 Lafamur
=2 Sangive
=3 Condure

issue of (58E) Parzival (above) by 1st wife was:

(59A) Oriantix (Oriante), who, by wife, Elouse, was the father of triplets

issue of (58E) Parzival (above) by 2nd wife was:

(59B) Houdourans

Issue of (58E) Parzival (above) by 3rd wife was:

(59C) Kardeiz [II]

24/(59A) Oriantix (Oriante), Grail-King

25/(59B) Houdourans, Grail-King, who, by wife, Matabrunne, begot sons & daus

26/(59C) Kardeiz [II] had issue:

(60) Charlot, 60th in male-line descent from Israel's King David.

Issue of (60) Charlot (above) was:

There are 16 generations missing in the pedigree here.

(77) Otto "of Lillefort", 77th in male-line descent from Israel's King David, the father of:

(78) Warin of Lorraine [a.k.a. "Loherenc Garin", whose name was corrupted in medieval romantic literature into "Lohengrin"], one of "The Conqueror's Companions" (1066) (died c. 1071).

[Note: His parentage is confused in medieval writings. Warin of Lorraine was the son [or grandson] of one of three contemporary counts or dukes who each had the name "Otto", who were: (1) Otto "of Lillefort", the "descendant" [not "son"], of Parzival, who descended through a 1000-year-old-line of "Grail-Kings" from Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of "The Virgin" Mary, and, a scion of Israel's Davidic Dynasty; or, (2) the posthumous son of Otto, Duke of Lorraine (d1012), the son of Charles of Lorraine (d994), the Carolingian heir, which would make him descended in the male-line from Charlemagne; or, (3) the grandson of [another] Otto, Count of Chiny [Warcq], whose male-line ancestors were [also] descendants of Charlemagne. The fact that his son, Helyas "The Swan-Knight", had the Holy Grail in his possession would indicate that the father of Warin of Lorraine was Otto "of Lillefort", a descendant of the Grail-Kings.]

Warin of Lorraine, by wife, Biautris, begot:

(79) Helyas, "The Swan-Knight", epic-hero of the First Crusade (1096-99), the 40th and last Grail-King, who, upon entering Jerusalem [accompanying his son, Geoffrey of Bouillon, the Crusade's leader] following the First Crusade (1096-99) returned The Holy Grail to The Church of The Holy Sepulchre and placed it himself on the high-altar (1099).

Helyas "The Swan-Knight" married thrice, and, by each wife had a son: his eldest son inherited the French fiefdom of Bouillon from his mother; his second son married the heiress of Oldenburg [Oldcastle] and inherited the Dutch county through her; and, his third son inherited the German fiefdom of Kleve (Cleves) from his mother, hence, founding three great families.

The legend of Helyas "The Swan-Knight" takes place during the last half of the eleventh century. He arrives on the scene when the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (1056-1106) held court at Neumagen to decide a claim by the Count of Frankfort for the duchy of Bouillon, then held by Ida of Louvain, the widow of the Duke of Bouillon, its duchess. The matter was decided by hand-to-hand combat between the Count of Frankfort and Helyas of Lorraine, who championed the duchess, who legend says sailed up the Meuse on a boat drawn by a swan by means of a silver chain, whence his epithet. He won the battle, married her, and became the Duke of Bouillon in right of his wife, by whom he begot Geoffrey of Bouillon, Leader of the First Crusade 1096-99; Protector of The Holy Sepulchre 1099-1100.

The legend was embellished by medieval romance that says before their marriage Helyas warned the duchess that if she ever asked his identity he would have to leave her. As the story goes she later tempted disregarding her husband’s warning asked him his identity. [The wife's desire to know her husband's "true self" appears here to parallel the myth of Cupid and Psyche.] He rebuked her sorrowfully, and, instantly the boat drawn by the swan re-appeared on the river next to where they were, Helyas stepped into the boat, and the swan swam off with him in the boat out of sight of his sorrowing wife.

That is medieval romance, but the fact is Helyas divorced Ida of Louvain, soon after the birth of their son, Geoffrey, and she married thirdly Eustace II, Count of Boulogne. Helyas, meanwhile, had come to the aid of Elsa of Brabant, divorced wife of Regnier, Count of Hainault, against a suitor, Frederic de Telramund, who claimed she had promised to marry him. Instead, Elsa of Brabant married Helyas of Lorraine. It was his second marriage, as well as hers. The marriage produced a son, Elimar [Egilmar], who married Rixa [Rikissa], the heiress of Oldenburg, and became the Count of Oldenburg ["Oldcastle"] in "right of his wife". Helyas divorced Elsa of Brabant soon after the birth of their son, Elimar, and, she married thirdly Hajo, Count of Uprustringen. Helyas, meanwhile, married thirdly Beatrix of Cleves [identified with Belayne of Lizaborye in medieval romance], daughter of Rutger II, Count of Cleves, and, widow of the Count of Lizaborye. The marriage produced a son, Dietrich [II]. Soon after, Helyas divorced Beatrix of Cleves, who married thirdly Dietrich I, Count of Cleves.

Hence, Helyas “The Swan-Knight”, the last in the long-line of “Grail-Kings”, was the ancestor of three great noble European houses, those of Oldenburg [Oldcastle], Bouillon, and Cleves. Legend says that Helyas was murdered by armed men sent by his ex-wife [not by her parents as one romance says, who had already dead by that time], circa 1100. The three sons of Helyas, all born out of wedlock & were reared by their mothers, who were:

(80A) Geoffrey of Bouillon, Leader of the First Crusade 1096-99, &, "Protector of The Holy Sepulchre" 1099, called "First" Grand-Master of the Knights-Templars, whose mother, Ida of Louvain, widow of the Duke of Bouillon, married 3rdly Eustace II, Count of Boulogne.

(80B) Egilmar I, Count of Oldenburg [Oldcastle], 1091, [by virtue of his marriage to Rixa, the heiress of Oldenburg] (d1108), whose mother, Elsa of Brabant, divorced wife of Regnier, Count of Hainault, married 3rdly Hajo, Count of Uprustringen.

[Note: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince-Consort of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is a male-line descendant of Helyas "The Swan-Knight" through the Counts of Oldcastle (Oldenburg), though his official genealogy is traced through the royal house of Greece, which may trace its descent from ancient Greek kings.]

(80C) Dietrich II, Count of Cleves 1085/92 (d1114/19?), whose mother, Beatrix (Belayne) of Cleves, daughter of Rutger II, Count of Cleves, widow of the Count of Lizaborye, married 3rdly Dietrich I, Count of Cleves (d1056)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Rediscovering the Pearl of Ancient Wisdom

JZ Knight channeling Ramtha states:
And you have yet to know the inside story of the man, because Paul made him a supernatural person. You don't know that he was married and he had two children. He was a married man. He had lust and passion for his wife and she for him. They had two little children that would become the kings of Europe, the royal families of Europe. . . .
SOURCE: JZ Knight (Ramtha), A Master's Reflection on the History of Humanity Part II: Rediscovering the Pearl of Ancient Wisdom (Yelm, WA: JZK Publishing, 2002), p. 280.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Echoes of Da Vinci Code at National Library

This article was at WalesOnline:
. . . scholars at a Welsh college believe they have unearthed their own version of the Da Vinci code with the discovery of a 400-year-old book. Entitled The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, it has spent the past 70 years locked in the dusty depths of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. . . .

The leather-bound, hand-written book by William Spenser has nearly 600 A3-sized pages, split into two sections.

One is about, "the names, people and empires recorded in the old and New Testaments".

The other is titled "biographical reference of old Bible stories".

It is an alphabetical way to find a seemingly endless list of religious characters.

Mr Hogan said, "It has details on everybody in the Bible, who they were married to where they came from and their family trees. . . .
SOURCE: Sam Burson, "Echoes of Da Vinci Code at National Library," WalesOnline (28 April 2005).

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lord and Lady of the Age of Pisces

Lady and Lord of the Fishes
(c. 1250). Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Image courtesy of Sacred Union in Christianity.

Margaret Starbird writes on her website:

This unusual image from c. 1250 is displayed in a regional history museum in Metz, a town located in Alsace-Lorraine, France. Ancient legends come together in this painting from the seat of the Merovingian power in Alsace-Lorraine. It appears to be an ancestral portrait of the Lord and Lady of the FISHES (Pisces). A recent discovery of a mosaic depicting two fish at a 3-4th century church in Megiddo confirms that the "partnership" of the Fishes was an early emblem of Christianity. The mandala is reminiscent of the Zodiac symbol of Pisces, the "Fishes"--the New Age dawning at the time of Jesus. The linking of the geometric square and circle depicts the "marriage of irreconcilable opposites" in geometry, the square represents Earth/matter and the circle, Heaven/spirit.
SOURCE: Margaret Starbird, "Lord and Lady of the Age of Pisces," Sacred Union in Christianity (Retrieved 9 May 2009).

Of interest is the similarity of the original Starbucks logo to the mermaid above left:

Original Starbucks Logo (1971). Image courtesy of Synthstuff.

New Starbucks Logo (1992). Image courtesy of Synthstuff.

It's interesting to note that on the new logo the ends of the tails and the crown form double "MMs."

For more information on the evolution of the Starbucks logo see: "How the Starbucks Siren Became Less Naughty," Deadprogrammer's Cafe (17 June 2005). The author shows how the original logo was derived from a 15th c. woodcut of Melusine found in J. E. Cirlot's A Dictionary of Symbols. I first read about this connection in Starbird's article, "The Little Mermaid and the Archetype of the Lost Bride

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Madonna and Child - Chartres

Madonna and Child (c. 1150). James R. Johnson. Stained Glass window, Chartres Cathedral. Image courtesy of TIME (24 December 1951).

Enthroned Virgin and Child as part of an Adoration of the Magi scene. Unusually, Mary is dressed in red instead of blue. Detail of the Life of Christ Window, the center lancet beneath the west rose. Dating from about 1150, it depicts the early life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Triumphal Entry.

Same as above. Color probably more realistic. Image courtesy of Sacred Destinations.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Angelo Poliziano: "His disconsolate widow"

Kathleen McGowan pointed out this passage in a post to the Magdaleneline Forum. She noted that it "was an excerpt from a 'layman's sermon' that [Angelo] Poliziano delivered on Holy Thursday in 1486, in the presence of his best friend and patron, Lorenzo de Medici, for a religious organization both were members of, known as the Confraternity of the Magi."

She further mentioned that it appears in many sources including Dale Kent's book on Cosimo de Medici. I was unable to track down that source on the internet, but found the Poliziano passage in a work by Douglas Kries, Piety and Humanity, where he cites Weissman below.

I invite you to cry with Him in His bitter pain, . . . to become His disconsolate widow; [Emphasis added.] to see His grieving mother whose heart was pierced with a knife; to cry together with the stones, the sun, with heaven and earth, with all the elements, with the whole world over His incomparable torment. . . . Let us cry tenderly at the death of sweet Jesus. . . . Let us do penance, and with devout contrition let us humiliate ourselves before God.

SOURCE: Ronald Weissman, "Sacred Eloquence: Humanist Preaching and Lay Piety in Renaissance Florence," Christianity and the Renaissance (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990), p. 261.
Interestingly McGowan points out that no one questions the reference to "His disconsolate widow." Kries (1997: 36) is no exception. He discusses the "provocative" imagery of "His grieving mother whose heart was pierced with a knife," but ends up describing the passage as Poliziano urging his listeners to "engage in flagellation."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Descent of Edward IV from Henry II

SOURCE: George Russell French, "Genealogical Tables: Table V," The Ancestry of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (London: William Pickering, 1841), p. 356.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pedigree of Henry II

SOURCE: George Russell French, "Genealogical Tables: Tables II and III," The Ancestry of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (London: William Pickering, 1841), p. 354.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pedigree of Egbert from Cerdic

SOURCE: George Russell French, "Genealogical Tables: Table I," The Ancestry of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (London: William Pickering, 1841), p. 353.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Origins of the Stewarts

STEWART, STUART, or Steuart, the surname of a family which inherited the Scottish and ultimately the English crown.

Their descent is traced to a Breton immigrant, Alan the son of Flaald, which Flaald was a brother of Alan, steward (or seneschal) of Dol in Brittany. This elder Alan, whose name occurs in Breton documents before 1080, went on crusade in 1097, and was apparently succeeded by his brother Flaald, whose son, the younger Alan, enjoyed the favour of Henry I, who bestowed on him Mileham and its barony in Norfolk, where he founded Sporle Priory.

By the daughter of Ernulf de Hesdin (in Picardy), a Domesday baron, he was father of at least three sons: Jordan, who succeeded to the family office of steward of Dol; William, who inherited Mileham and other estates in England, and who founded the great baronial house of Fitz Alan (afterwards earls of Arundel); and Walter, who was made by David I, steward (dapifer) or seneschal of Scotland. The Scottish king conferred on Walter various lands in Renfrewshire, including Paisley, where he founded the abbey in 1163.

Walter, his grandson, third steward, was appointed by Alexander II. justiciary of Scotland, and, dying in 1246, left four sons and three daughters. The third son, Walter, obtained by marriage the earldom of Menteith, which ultimately came by marriage to Robert, duke of Albany, son of Robert II.

Alexander, fourth steward, the eldest son of Walter, third steward, inherited by his marriage with Jean, granddaughter of Somerled, the islands of Bute and Arran, and on the 2nd of October 1263 led the Scots against Haakon IV, king of Norway, at Largs. He had two sons, James and John.

The latter, who commanded the men of Bute at the battle of Falkirk in 1298, had seven sons: (1) Sir Alexander, whose grandson George became in 1389 earl of Angus, the title afterwards passing in the female line to the Douglases, and in 1761 to the duke of Hamilton; (2) Sir Alan of Dreghorn, ancestor of the earls and dukes of Lennox, from whcm Lord Darnley, husband of Queen Mary, and also Lady Arabella Stuart, were descended; (3) Sir Walter, who obtained the barony of Garlies, Wigtownshire, from his uncle John Randolph, earl of Moray, and was the ancestor of the earls of Galloway, younger branches of the family being the Stewarts of Tonderghie, Wigtownshire, and also those of Physgill and Glenturk in the same county; (4) Sir James, who fell at Dupplin in 1332, ancestor of the lords of Lorn, on whose descendants were conferred at different periods the earldoms of Athole, Buchan and Traquair, and who were also the progenitors of the Stewarts of Appin, Argyllshire, and of Grandtully, Perthshire; (5) Sir John, killed at Halidon Hill in 1333; (6) Sir Hugh, who fought under Edward Bruce in Ireland; and (7) Sir Robert of Daldowie, ancestor of the Stewarts of Allanton and of Coltness.

James Stewart, the elder son of Alexander, fourth steward, succeeded his father in 1283, and, after distinguishing himself in the wars of Wallace and of Bruce, died in 1309.

His son Walter, sixth steward, who had joint command with Sir James Douglas of the left wing at the battle of Bannockburn, married Marjory, daughter of Robert the Bruce, and during the latter's absence in Ireland was entrusted with the government of the kingdom. He died in 1326, leaving an only son, who as Robert II. ascended the throne of Scotland in 1371.

SOURCE: "Stuart Stewart," Encyclopedia Britannica (1911) Vol. 25, p. 912. References for the article itself include: Sir George Mackenzie, Defence of the Royal Line of Scotland (1685), and Antiquity of the Royal Line of Scotland (1686); Crawfurd, Genealogical History of the Royal and Illustrious Family of the Stuarts (1710); Duncan Stewart, Genealogical Account of the Surname of Stewart (1739); Andrew Stuart, Genealogical History of the Stuarts (1798); Stodart, House of Stuart (privately printed, 1855); An Abstract of the Evidence to Prove that Sir William Stewart of Jedworth, the Paternal Ancestor of the Present Earl of Galloway, was the Second Son of Sir Alexander Stewart of Darnley (1801); Riddell, Stewartiana (1843); W. Townend, Descendants of the Stuarts (1858); R. W. Eyton, History of Shropshire (1858), vol. vii.; Bailey, The Succession to the English Crown (1879); Skelton, The Royal House of Stuart (1890); J. H. Round, Studies in Peerage and Family History (1901); and S. Cowan, The Royal House of Stuart (1908). The best chart pedigree of the house is that which was prepared for the Stuart Exhibition by W. A. Lindsay.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kathleen McGowan Theory

The following is a little background from the author's website:

Kathleen McGowan has spent twenty years researching the legends surrounding the Gospel of Mary Magdalene on four continents. She has immersed herself in the culture and folklore of Mary Magdalene, which is primarily an oral tradition that features an ancient prophecy about the coming of "The Expected One," a special seeker who has been chosen by divine providence to bring Mary Magdalene's long-hidden message to the world. The author says that those guarding the tradition of Mary Magdalene opened their doors to her because of her connections to an ancient French family that traces its roots to Mary Magdalene, her birth date, and her possession of a special ring.
The Theory

In The Expected One, McGowan (2006) maintains that Mary Magdalene's first child was John-Joseph whose father was John the Baptist. After the Baptist was beheaded, Mary married Jesus. She then had a daughter with Easa, (Sarah) Tamar, and was pregnant with son Yeshua-David at the time of the crucifixion. Joseph of Arimathea is Jesus' uncle.

At this time this is as far as McGowan goes.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Jhesus - Maria

Iesvs Maria stone, Glastonbury. Image courtesy of Glastonbury Magic.

On the southern outside wall of the Mary Chapel at Glastonbury is the stone shown above with the names IESVUS MARIA inscribed on it. These are the same names that appear on the standard of Jeanne d'Arc recreated below.

Jeanne d'Arc standard. Image source unknown.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Christian Allegory by Jan Provost

Christian Allegory (1510-1515). Jan Provost. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Image courtesy of Web Gallery of Art.

The eye of God stares out at us from above Christ who wields the double-edged sword of the Word. On the right Christ's bride holds the Lily of Mercy and frees the dove of the Holy Spirit. The soul, with its thumbs forms a vesica pisces while gazing upwards. [Godwin, 84.]

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rex Deus Theory

Marilyn Hopkins, Graham Simmons, and Tim Wallace-Murphy in their 2000 book, Rex Deus have the following theory:
The Rex Deus sagas recount how the children of Jesus were parted in an attempt to ensure their security and the continuation of his bloodline. James, his two-and-a-half-year-old son, was entrusted to the care of Judas Thomas Didymus, Jesus' twin brother. They sought immediate sanctuary with King Abgar of Edessa, who was a supporter of Jesus. Mary Magdalene, who was pregnant at the time, fled in the opposite direction, to a refuge of comparative safety among a community whose silence and protection could be relied upon, the Therapeutae in Egypt.
SOURCE: Marilyn Hopkins, Graham Simmons, and Tim Wallace-Murphy, Rex Deus (Shaftesbury, Dorset: Element Books, 2000), p. 79.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Kindle is Kool

Image courtesy Wikimedia.

I got one of these for Christmas and have to say I recommend it highly for the next generation of book readers. If you are interested, click on the banner below to find out more.