The Magdalene Line of Kathleen McGowan

I've just spent three days in Belgium with Kathleen McGowan, author of "The Expected One" and "The Book of Love". So don't think this is a literary review or something. It's always tricky to write a review about a colleague of yours and maybe it's even more trickier to write a review if you're a fan. I'm a fan. And I'm afraid, she turned me into something like a believer too.

Listen here to an amazing EVP, and Nostradamus in his own voice telling you about the treasures (and secrets) of Orval:

The Expected One & The Book of Love

The American author Maureen Paschal is being plagued by biblical dreams and visions. She travels to France's mysterious Languedoc region to find what has eluded centuries of treasure hunters: the original Magdalene scrolls, with details of her love affair with Jesus, their marriage and the crucifixion. Kathleen McGowan doesn't make an attempt to write down the gospel excerpts in period prose, but together with the visions they're of the most compelling parts of this "religious fiction". That's, in a very tiny nutshell, "The Expected One", or the first book in the Magdalene Line.

In "The Book of Love", that is the gospel written by Jesus Christ himself, Maureen Paschal follows the trail of Countess Matilda of Tuscany, a noblewoman from the 11th century who was secretly married to a pope, through Belgium, Italy and France, culminating in the Chartres Cathedral. Immersed in labyrinthine mysteries, the world's greatest art and architecture and Matilda's legacy, the story of Maureen and Matilda intertwine through time.

There is a third book in the Magdalene Line coming, concerning the enigmatic Poet Prince and of course there has been some talk about similarities, but who looks close to it sees more differences with Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code". And then there was this controversial issue of the author saying the story as told in "The Expected One" was highly autobiographical. Kathleen McGowan, in other words, is part of the bloodline: like Maureen Paschal, she is a descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. But, again, if you read closer, this doesn't really matter and Maureen nor Kathleen are making a big deal out of it. After all... and more than 20 centuries... there are many, many other "bloodliners".

I guess these novels are as much "standard religious thrillers" as the Kamasutra or The Divina Commedia is. "Jesus taught through parables," Maureen Paschal says in "The Book of Love". So, this is not about fact or fiction or even historical faction. This is about history coming to us through myths and legends and teaching with parables, or: "Storytelling with symbolism". You simply know Kathleen has a point when she claims history was written by men who didn't want women in their chronicles. Remember Mary Magdalene or Matilda of Tuscany. Where are they now? Who were they really? If you want to know that, you will not find an answer in the mainstream history books.

Kathleen McGowan makes you read the gospels and look at the history books with other eyes, with the eyes of Magdalene and Matilde and Maureen, with "her" eyes, from the point of view of the women Time forgot. But Time returns, now you have been given ears to hear what all too long was being silenced. The author keeps saying it as in a mantra, over and over again: "For those with ears to hear, let them hear it..."

An Amazon customer review put it like this: "This is the first book I have ever read that caused me to get goose bumps. It comes down to whether the words and ideas resonate with your heart or not. If you want a critique of the writing, don't look here because I can't do that. But I can tell you that this story gave me back a Jesus I can believe in. It touched me deeply and changed the way I view Jesus and the stories I grew up believing that never felt like more than irrelevant fables. Now it all makes much more sense."

Kathleen McGowan is, much like Maureen Paschal, a woman not only with a vision, but also with a mission: "The Truth Against the World." - She provides the framework, she completes the puzzle from southern Rennes-le-Château to northern Orval, from Tuscany to Flanders. She is a researcher but also a seeker of wisdom, of knowledge and above all... of meaning.

Storytelling with symbolism, making believe and by doing so: making sense. Giving people other eyes to see the world and by doing so: change it.

Let's do a little experiment... Here are some pictures of a statue to be found in the abbey of Orval, and an excerpt from the Book of Love:

Moving to the sculpture, Maureen ran her fingers gently over the cool stone face of the lovely little madonna, who was no more than a child herself in this portrayal. Tradition indicated that the Virgin was a young teenager when she conceived.
Moving to the sculpture, Maureen ran her fingers gently over the cool stone face of the lovely little madonna, who was no more than a child herself in this portrayal. Tradition indicated that the Virgin was a young teenager when she conceived.
And yet this madonna, with her enigmatic little smile, appeared more like an eight- or nine-year-old girl holding a baby.
And yet this madonna, with her enigmatic little smile, appeared more like an eight- or nine-year-old girl holding a baby.
And the infant was also carved in an unusual way. He appeared to be squirming out of the girl's hands and smiling with the mischief of it all.
And the infant was also carved in an unusual way. He appeared to be squirming out of the girl's hands and smiling with the mischief of it all.
The sculpture looked more like that of an elder sister attempting to contain her baby brother than that of a mother and her child.
The sculpture looked more like that of an elder sister attempting to contain her baby brother than that of a mother and her child.

Who do you think this is?

  • The Virgin Mary carrying the infant Jesus
  • Two children, brother and sister
See results without voting

In Bruges, we discovered this strange Mystic Marriage

Poem by Patrick Bernauw; Photo by Marc Borms; Painting by Quellinus.
Poem by Patrick Bernauw; Photo by Marc Borms; Painting by Quellinus.

With Kathleen McGowan in Orval

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Kathleen and the Nostradamus TreeMathilde's WellLook twogether as through one eye to what the stones are telling you...Ruins of OrvalThe DM Stone, where maybe the Treasure of the Templars or the War Chest of the Bourbons was hidden...Orval - Ornaments in StoneHoly Cross...Herb Garden & Nostradamus' OakTomb of Wenceslas
Kathleen and the Nostradamus Tree
Kathleen and the Nostradamus Tree
Mathilde's Well
Mathilde's Well
Look twogether as through one eye to what the stones are telling you...
Look twogether as through one eye to what the stones are telling you...
Ruins of Orval
Ruins of Orval
The DM Stone, where maybe the Treasure of the Templars or the War Chest of the Bourbons was hidden...
The DM Stone, where maybe the Treasure of the Templars or the War Chest of the Bourbons was hidden...
Orval - Ornaments in Stone
Orval - Ornaments in Stone
Holy Cross...
Holy Cross...
Herb Garden & Nostradamus' Oak
Herb Garden & Nostradamus' Oak
Tomb of Wenceslas
Tomb of Wenceslas

The McGowan Gang in Ghent & Bruges

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The McGowan Gang in Ghent, with Patrick Bernauw, Maryange Tibot, Patrick Ruffino, Kathleen McGowan, Mary Parent and Marc Borms (embee) in Ghent.Hubert & Jan Van Eyck, before St Bavo's Cathedral (Ghent) where you can visit the Mystic Lamb... Ghent and the Mysteries of the Mystic Lamb... Where are the Just Judges?Detail of the Mystic Lamb, in Ghent: Scarface...Patrick Bernauw & Kathleen McGowan in BrugesJesus and Mary Magdalene in the Holy Blood Procession, BrugesCount Thierry of Alsace and Countess Sybilla of Anjou are bringing the Holy Blood to Bruges (Holy Blood Procession)The Shrine of the Holy Blood of Bruges, shown to the public every Friday in the Holy Blood Chapel...
The McGowan Gang in Ghent, with Patrick Bernauw, Maryange Tibot, Patrick Ruffino, Kathleen McGowan, Mary Parent and Marc Borms (embee) in Ghent.
The McGowan Gang in Ghent, with Patrick Bernauw, Maryange Tibot, Patrick Ruffino, Kathleen McGowan, Mary Parent and Marc Borms (embee) in Ghent.
Hubert & Jan Van Eyck, before St Bavo's Cathedral (Ghent) where you can visit the Mystic Lamb...
Hubert & Jan Van Eyck, before St Bavo's Cathedral (Ghent) where you can visit the Mystic Lamb...
Ghent and the Mysteries of the Mystic Lamb... Where are the Just Judges?
Ghent and the Mysteries of the Mystic Lamb... Where are the Just Judges?
Detail of the Mystic Lamb, in Ghent: Scarface...
Detail of the Mystic Lamb, in Ghent: Scarface...
Patrick Bernauw & Kathleen McGowan in Bruges
Patrick Bernauw & Kathleen McGowan in Bruges
Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the Holy Blood Procession, Bruges
Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the Holy Blood Procession, Bruges
Count Thierry of Alsace and Countess Sybilla of Anjou are bringing the Holy Blood to Bruges (Holy Blood Procession)
Count Thierry of Alsace and Countess Sybilla of Anjou are bringing the Holy Blood to Bruges (Holy Blood Procession)
The Shrine of the Holy Blood of Bruges, shown to the public every Friday in the Holy Blood Chapel...
The Shrine of the Holy Blood of Bruges, shown to the public every Friday in the Holy Blood Chapel...

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Comments 22 comments

M T Graves 7 years ago

I am experiencing extreme difficulty plowing thru her book. The abrupt scene changes, the not so well thought out logic transitions one expects to find in a plotline. The dialog comes across more appropriate for politicians used to quoting 'sound bites'. The steady stream of happenstances is tiresome after the first 50 pages and I still have 400 pages to go.

The lack of appropriate descriptive phrasing to set a scene is readily apparent. After these 1st 50 pages I get the feeling of reading some giddy teeny-bop instead of a supposedly mature, experienced author. The lack of atmosphere to convey what ever message Ms Harkey-Smith intended a reader to get is another disappointment after one gets past the pre-publication hype.

The promotional folks at Simon + Schuster are definitely more adept at getting folks' attention than Ms Harkey-Smith is able to deliver. I find the use-abuse of such a so-so theme of ... I am the Czars lost daughter kind of thing getting recycled to be I am the 92nd generational descendant, I think, 'cuz I can't prove it, even tho' Ancestry.com says on their website anybody can buy this pedigree, kind of thing of being a descendant of Jesus + Magdalene.

This would have made all of those preceding 91 generations, if one goes by the way logic works, they are 'demi god-lets' 'cuz they have this inherited DNA of some sort to lay claim to. The problem is, Brian Sykes, the leading DNA researcher in the world has never detected this unique, 1 of a kind separate DNA. He found 7 Daughters of Eve and her 35 related sub-groupings, but he has yet to announce he isolated this unique Magdalen-Jesus bloodline DNA.

I wonder when or how Ms Harkey-Smith is going to be able to demonstrate to the world that her DNA and nobody else on the planet has this unique DNA, otherwise she just wrote another copycat-like book Dan Brown did of some themes in HBHG.

Its this ho-hum, I wonder what kind of slick wrinkle separates Ms Harkey-Smith's book from all of the other books of this genre. To quote a line from a Shania Twain song...'that don't impress me much'...

Or, to put an Irish flair to it, this quote from a U2 song... 'I still haven't found what I am looking for'...


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The Lost Dutchman 7 years ago from Flanders (Belgium) Author

Dear Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is,

I first wanted to deny your comment above, but - as you can see and although I don't agree with it - I have approved it.  The reason why I didn't delete it, is that you make my point far better than I could do if I didn't publish your comment.

You expect to find "not so well thought out logic transitions" in a plotline, so don't complain when you find what you were looking for. (I didn't find them, but hey, I didn't expect to find them either.)- If you want to criticize a book, Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is, then don't make this sort of mistakes. They make you look silly. Don't forget to say which book you want to criticize, for instance. It doesn't make you sound convincing.

"The lack of appropriate descriptive phrasing to set a scene" sure sounds great and even very serious, as if you were some kind of a literary reviewer... but atmosphere or the lack of it has nothing to do with getting a message through to the reader. And above all, Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is, don't reveal your hidden agenda that openly. There definitely was a "pre-publication hype" with "The Expected One", but not with the recently published "The Book of Love" - was that the reason why you forgot to mention which book you were experiencing extreme difficulties with? 

If an author presents herself to the people as Kathleen McGowan, don't call her Ms Harkey-Smith, unless you have a good reason for it. And if you do, then say what this good reason is. I don't call you Mr M T Space, do I? (http://myweb.wvnet.edu/e-gor/mtgraves/mtfanmail.ht... - So, don't try to suggest something about the credibility of an artist by saying Bono is, in fact, Paul David Hewson. This, really, is a stupid thing to do. 

If you want to sound like a literary reviewer, Mr M T Something, saying things about abrupt scene changes, logic transitions or appropriate descriptive phrasing, then don't write sentences like this one:

"I find the use-abuse of such a so-so theme of ... I am the Czars lost daughter kind of thing getting recycled to be I am the 92nd generational descendant, I think, 'cuz I can't prove it, even tho' Ancestry.com says on their website anybody can buy this pedigree, kind of thing of being a descendant of Jesus + Magdalene."

I have read it over and over again, and I guess you have a problem with conveying whatever message you intended a reader to get, because I'm still not sure what you are trying to say here. 

I honestly don't see any logic transitions in your following plotline too, Mr M T Graves or whatever your real name is: "This would have made all of those preceding 91 generations, if one goes by the way logic works, they are 'demi god-lets' 'cuz they have this inherited DNA of some sort to lay claim to. The problem is, Brian Sykes, the leading DNA researcher in the world has never detected this unique, 1 of a kind separate DNA. He found 7 Daughters of Eve and her 35 related sub-groupings, but he has yet to announce he isolated this unique Magdalen-Jesus bloodline DNA." - What the hell are you talking about?

You wonder when or how "Ms Harkey-Smith is going to be able to demonstrate to the world that her DNA and nobody else on the planet has this unique DNA"... Now, you don't say what she exactly has to demonstrate, but you do say that "otherwise she just wrote another copycat-like book Dan Brown did of some themes in HBHG".

Suppose you are saying here that if she is not able to demonstrate she has the DNA of Jesus and/or Magdalene, she just wrote another copy-cat book of Holy Blood, Holy Grail - as Dan Brown did. Now, you really have to explain to me - 'cause I don't get it - what's the logic transition in this plotline of yours. Or maybe you are just talking nonsense? (If she is able to demonstrate, for instance, then she did not write the copy-cat stuff?)

You wonder what kind of slick wrinkle separates "Ms Harkey-Smith's book" (which one?) "from all of the other books of this genre?" - Well, you have read only the first 50 pages of one of the two books, so just try the other 400 and then tell me if Dan Brown or Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln have written extensively about, let's say, Matilda of Tuscany, as Kathleen McGowan did in "The Book of Love". Or were you talking about "The Expected One", Mr  M T Whateveryournicknameis?

Really, M T, this comment of yours is telling more about you - or the enemies of Ms Mc Gowan - than it says about Ms McGowan. And that's the reason why I approved it.

Sincerely yours,

Patrick Bernauw

 


M T Graves 7 years ago

Hi Mr Dutchman,

I appreciated yer timely reply, in fact I am impressed ya found the time to do it. I will explain something to ya so ya can put it all in to perspective. I am reading a Swedish translation of the Expectant One simpy 'cuz there are no English copies here to buy.

I saw that the Swedish translator is going to run into some difficulties due to the word starved language Swedish is. The Swedes have had their language put on hold by apishly copying the language gestapo Academy model from the French.

Here is a glaring example, the Swedish translator uses 'gikt' to describe gnarled hands of an aging cave welling Magdalen. The word gikt actually means gout, a rich man's disease, I don't have Ms pen names' original text in front of me for comparison, I assume she used gnarled instead of polyarthritic joints.

Ya might be thinkin'..what's the big deal..this is the big deal, A person inflicted with gout is usually depicted as a fat cat tycoon with his bandaged foot up-raised on satin cushions to ease the pain of his port-wine toe as the saying goes. So imagine Sally Housewife buying this book in Scandinavia, written in Swedish and reading that a poor, destitute old woman living in a dark, dank cave has a rich man's disease. This alone would give the average Scandinavian reader the impression the book is basically a satire about society seen in a historical perspective.

This is not the only example where a translator has to make judgement calls as to how to find suitable expression which follow the basic storyline and allows for all of the abrupt, no forewarning scene changes. This Swedish translator, if he is anything like the rest really hate translating U.S authors and prefer UK writers due to the archaic way UK writers express themselves. That is the type of English they got jammed down their throat when they learned English in Scandinavian schools.

To the traditional way of a Swedish translator handling an English text they prefer Dickens to Tom Clancy. I bring up Tom Clancy 'cuz I know the translator of Clancy's books into Swedish and how he agonized over how to find the appropriate nuanced Swedish to match Clancy's nuanced amareekin military jargon english.

Now, this guy who translated Ms pen-name and her penchant for typical Hollyweird soundbite dialog had to find typical everyday Swedish so that it didn't come across as 2 Scandinavian Shakespearean scholars speaking in an academic stilted manner. I gather you have not translated Ms pen-name into yer Belgian dialects. 

How would Ms pen-name's The Expected One come across using Flemish? Are there that many suitable Flemish in daily use phrases without resorting to Flemish slang available to do the job?  Once ya get this part of how I am appraching Ms pen-name after the usual pre-sales hype that Simon + Schusters agents did in Scandinavia you can see my encounter with a rich man's disease in a cave setting influenced how I was going to take the rest of the text, with a pinch of salt.

Its one thing if yer enamored with Ms pen-name, its another thing for me as a 1st time reader of anything she ever wrote to get as enthusiastic as you. I read Dan Brown, translated, and saw his dreary  follow-up movies and this tainted my approach to Ms pen-name's storyline.  More of same.

After the Baigent-Brown trial debacle this genre has now become a free for all and every gimmick under the sun is gonna get flogged for what its worth. Why do ya think I brought up that Czar's daughter bit?

There are others before Ms pen-name who have located Jesus + Magdalen, plus their kiddies all over the place, the most recent I can think of is in China or is it Mongolia? This is not a brand-new idea is it? Have you ever read Mark Twain's book a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court? There is a film of the same name which is quite good. How about the story The Prince + The Pauper, this is also quite good, but it got beaten out by the chicanery of Jacob in the OT Biblic story, by 5,000 years.

To me the Mathilda story is quite an obscure character, it could have just as easily come out of a Nostradamus quatrain for all of its relevance. The nice thing about an un-biased critique is that I don't know the writer, the writer don't know me, all I have to go by is what the writer is dumping out on the marketplace. I know yer uncomfortable with a different take on things, but be thankful that there is such  a thing as diversity, after all somebody has to be able to tell the Emperor he has no clothes on.

Actually yer more than likely a better writer than Ms pen-name. but yer name has not been hyped like hers. I think that is called fate, don't ya agree?


Trish 7 years ago

Well MT Graves, no offense but there's nothing more annoying than reading the profuse slang in your paragraphs. The following are tear jerkers for an avid reader. Words like "ya", "yer", "got jammed", "cuz", "got beaten", "don't know me" all make your sentences juvenile. Nevermind trying to understand the translations of written works and their contexts changing, it appears that you need to rethink the english language for a start. Just an observation.


ladymagdalene1111 7 years ago

my, my mr. m t graves, our dear author sure got "yer" knickers in a twist!

i wonder why this is? this is the kind of reaction that comes from fear. i have been thinking of late, why is this book so threatening to folks? are we still so unevolved that when we are confronted by ideas, concepts and beliefs different from our own, that we feel the need to attack or eradicate the "offender"? wait, this sounds familiar. oh yeah, the crusades, and the inquisition!

i guess we haven't learned from our past...how very sad.

i suppose i will also be flamed for my nonuse of capital letters. oh, well!


Trish 7 years ago

Bravo Lady Magdalene 1111 - Wonderfully stated and unfortunately so very true of our society at large. I found her books to be truly inspiring. Non-use of capital letters? lolll it's most acceptable on this type of venue. :o)


What's the problem 6 years ago

Her name is Kathleen Harkey Smith


What's the problem 6 years ago

seriously, someone referring to the author by her legal name is certainly no less disrespectful than someone calling herself "Lady Magdalene".


kocblueskys3@aol.com 6 years ago

I loved your book kathy about The Expecting One, want to read some more...Karen Oconnor


connie 6 years ago

The K. McGowan novels are entertaining. I have to ask about the Immaculate Conception. From my reading of the novels, the author has confused the IC with the Incarnation. Has no one else noticed this? I would think that a credible author would have an understanding of the two events.


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

I think it's about time that a woman stand up for what she believe in. We are in an age of girl power domination and she is one of the many rising up to the occasion. I do believe though that she is really controversial claiming that she is a direct descendant of the union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. What could be more controversial than that?!


swanladee 6 years ago

I was wondering if John the Baptist ever had any siblings and if so, how many and what were the names?


Dee 6 years ago

I have been hooked since reading Kathleens first book. I am currently 2/3 thru The Poet Prince. I read another comment to the effect of giving back a Jesus I could truly believe in. That is what I feel like. Makes so much more sense to me that there was a strong female influence. How could Jesus share about love and being united if he'd never experienced it Himself? Never made sense to me. These books make you think, open your mind. For those with ears to hear...I believe in Jesus and Mary Magdalene.


ker 6 years ago

I have that book, I will read it to learn what they're thinking, but afrterwards I am planning to burn that book, so no one else will read the copy I baught, and wasted money. After I will read I will know enough to explain others what to stay away from, and warn them from such lies.... poor are those who believe this crap.


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The Lost Dutchman 6 years ago from Flanders (Belgium) Author

To ker:

How do you know the book is a lie? You were at the council of Nicaea in A.D. 325?


Katrina 5 years ago

I loved your book, "The Expected One". It gives so much food for thought. I have been in church all of my life and I find myself with a new view of Jesus, one that I love. It makes perfect sense to me that Jesus would be married with children. In the Bible it tells in many places that Jesus was a "man", a spiritual being come to earth in human form. So why not be "truly" human and explore one of the most intimate aspects of being human.


Christina Maria 5 years ago

as someone who also chats with God, he tells me that you are indeed writing his words, his truth.

I know who I am in heaven and that I was was one of Jesus children, and I was Matilda's nany.

I beleive Jesus had a wife who was Mary Magdelene and much more


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Kelly L Deeny 5 years ago from Bucks County, PA

Thank you for such an informative Hub! I appreciate that you included so many links for future research. Not to mention the photos from Bruges. I'm totally jealous by the way that you went to Orval. In reading "The Book of Love" I knew then that I wanted to see the abbey ruins for myself.

What I love most about Kathleen's writings is that she infuses spirit into her novels. I can picture everything she's writing about. The Way makes sense to me on not only an intellectual level but a spiritual one. And no other religious organization has been successful with that!

I'm so glad that I found this hub and I look forward to reading more!


Jenny 4 years ago

So glad I read the Expected One and the Book of Love. Just confirms my beliefs. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.

I was born on Mary's feast day 22nd July. Redheads have been known through out the centuries as Sex sirens but this is not true as I am a redhead too. Mary Magdalene's beautiful red hair made her stand out in a crowd. People who are different from the norm are often put down.

I have just purchased the Poet Prince....more great reading ahead.


TOPO 4 years ago

hi i am from chile , i read two firt book of the magdalena but only need know this hisotry is fiction or realy this journalist find the arques evangelist, my mail is topito_75@hotmail.com, sorry for my english y wait all unuderstand


Yui Bhakwan 4 years ago

I already read The Expected One and I've got a new view of Jesus. I'm waiting for the coming 2 books; The Book of Love and The Poet prince. After that, I plan to write the articles about your 3 books, so that I may be able to introduce Mary Magdalene in Thailand. I'm so excited for the coming output after my articles be published !!! and I'll let you know.


TPH Bucks County PA 3 years ago

It is not hard to believe that a beautiful , spiritual , woman, Mary Magdalene, was made a whore in the days that men were " suppose " to be superior. The Expected One was an inspiring book. I believe the fact that human Jesus , was was truly human , and had love for a women( something God Jesus wanted from the beginning of time) . Everything God made was good. GEN. 1-31 , including women. It's sad that men had to resort to such slander and tried to change history with such lies. Bravo to Kathleen McGowan for her story. Who knows what blood line flows in her veins . But who's to say her visions are wrong. Not me. Only God knows for sure. Amen!

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