When you immerse yourself in the mystery of Sauniere it is not long before you bump into the theory that the historical Jesus Christ was married to a woman called Mary Magdalene. This was more the 'Anglo-Saxon' take on the intrigues of Sauniere and which could possibly be a great 'red herring'.
However, this does not detract from the interesting 'historical' question itself: Just what was the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene? To answer that question there is a fascinating book by F. Stanley Jones called 'Which Mary'? Here is some 'blurb' about the book:
" This book brings together cutting-edge contributions on the early Christian Marys, offering a variety of perspectives by leading scholars, suggesting answers for known questions and attempting to reframe the discussion through new questions. The studies evaluate the recent insight that the somewhat revolutionary Mary in ancient Christian writings who has often been assumed to be Mary Magdalene is sometimes specified to be Mary the mother of Jesus. The book analyzes the cross-fertilization of traditions that has apparently occurred and also probes into the earliest preserved traditions on the Marys, both canonical and non-canonical, as preserved in Western and Oriental languages. These essays were initially presented at the 2000 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. F. Stanley Jones provides an introduction; the contributors are Francois Bovon, Ann Grahan Brock, Karen L. King, Jonathan Knight, Antti Narjanen, Stephen J. Shoemaker, and George T. Zervos. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)".
This book is an absolute fascinating read. Bovon, moreover, writes about the Acts of Philip and the portrayal of a certain Mariamne, aka Mary Magdalene. On page 84 he refers to a tradition that talks of the death of this Mariamne. The author of the Acts of Philip says that he is concerned with ' a special form of funeral for this Mariaamne' ..... Philip orders the coffin to be placed in the River Jordan. As Bovon notes '....to my knowledge there is no other text locating Mariamne's death in Palestine.....the location of her tomb in a river is also exceptional. I know only of one other case, that of Alaric I, king of the Visigoths, who died at Cosenza in 410C.E. and was buried by his soldiers in the River Busento.'
Funny how the legend of the Magdalene being buried in a river [from the Acts of Philip] replicates the legend of Alaric being buried in a river. Especially when both have been grafted on to the legends of Rennes-le-Chateau quite independently of each other!
I recommend the book and you can buy it here:
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.