Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus & Mary Bloodline Conspiracy, by Laurence Gardner, from ThorsonsElement, ISBN 0007201869. Mary Magdalene is described in the New Testament as a woman that Jesus loved, and his financial sponsor. Yet the Church teaches that she was a prostitute who became repentant. Why the discrepancy between scripture and dogma? Were Mary and Jesus married? Did they have children, and if so, who makes up the messianic lineage? Laurence Gardner takes us on a detective hunt to piece together the true controversial significance of the Magdalene and its astonishing implications.