Mary Magdalene's Sacred Journey
The Sacred Journey covers a part of Mary Magdalene's life that has never been published before. In the local bookshops around Rennes-le-Château and Rennes-les-Bains, it sold out three times in 2013 (the shops demanded more) and extra copies were ordered for 2014. By August these had gone and another rapid print-run was undertaken and we may have to do another one before the end of 2015! This book is indeed our "Bestseller."
"I was so surprised," said Val. "I intended it to be just a route but in fact it's quite a mystic book." The spiritual community loved it (and many have followed the route using the book) and the bookshops loved it. "It sold well because it is original," one told us. "There is no other book like it."
After the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus in the Bible, Mary Magdalene was never mentioned again. What had happened to her? Val's historical research and personal belief conspired to persuade her that Mary Magdalene and Jesus both fled Judea to southern France. She found out where they landed on the Mediterranean coast of Languedoc; this place did not seem accidental to Val, for it was the place on the coast the smallest distance from Rennes-les-Bains. They were not blown off-course in their poor little boat without sails, as so many of the Medieval Christian legends say, but they had being given directions and intended to follow them to cross the Corbières.
Val investigated this exact route that Mary and Jesus took across the mountains, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Roman town of Aquae Calidae, today's Rennes-les-Bains, where they lived for a while.
No-one was more surprised than Val was by the unknown stories of the villages and landmarks along the route - mystic mountains, underground rivers, country churches, Cathar castles, Celtic holy wells. They all had their secrets to tell.
Vingrau . . . . Tuchan . . . . Cubières . . . . Bugarach . . . . Rennes-les-Bains
This is a most unusual guide-book. It is a story about a route, which did not always follow today's roads. Val has studied Roman history, for all the events in the Mary and Jesus story took place in the Roman Empire. And she discovered two new Roman roads and walked along others. (You can see this route from Fitou to Rennes-les-Bains by clicking here.) The book includes full map directions and the spiral binding allows it to open flat on the car dash.
There's much more here than meets the eye. Underneath its attractive cover the book is seething with churches, legends, goddesses, saints, and the sheer magic of the Corbières.
Here's some pictures from inside;
The price is 15€50 in the shops - it's slightly cheaper directly from us, and the prices include postage.