A ‘story’ of murder, betrayal, intrigue, mystery and one of the greatest archaeological finds in the 20th century..
The introduction announces the discovery of 13 codices, which became known as the Nag Hammadi library, in Upper Egypt in 1945 by two Arab peasants. Political and academic roadblocks delayed their translation and publication until 1975. These are referred to as the gnostic gospels and have been called the secret teachings of Jesus. No one knows who wrote them.
This 62,000 word novel is set in 1st century Judea, Alexandria (Egypt) and Marseille, Gaul. Written in diary form, it chronicles the life of Mary Magdalene after the crucifixion in Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, Mary Salome and her inner circle are spirited away from Bethany to Alexandria by Joseph of Arimathea in 33 CE. Mary Magdalene establishes a Therapeutae community on the shores of Lake Mareotis where she writes Codices II, III & IV.
Five months after arriving in Egypt Mary gives birth to a daughter, Sarah. The apostles (minus Judas & John) join Mary Magdalene . The following year Mary travels to Rome with her inner circle, preaching along the way, founding communities – there are 12 in total. In 43 CE Mary is betrayed by one of the apostles and has to flee Egypt with her inner circle. They sail to Gaul, where her mother was from. There she converts the governor of Gaul and his wife by performing her first miracle – the wife conceives a long awaited child. Joseph takes the 3 Marys to Glastonbury & on their return Mary retires to a cave at La Baume, 30 miles north of Marseille. Mother Mary, Mary Salome and Sarah settle in St Maries-de-la Mer (Saint Marys by the sea)
In September 55 Mary takes Sarah back to Alexandria where Mary writes the ‘Gospel of Mary, the ‘Secret Gospel of Mark’ as well as the NT gospels Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. They return to Gaul after a year and Sarah marries her fiancé, Jean Claude du Bois. Sarah has three children, Mary, Anne & Judas. Mary dies in 63 CE. Sarah now takes up the story and returns to Alexandria in October 63 CE. The children attend school at the Serapeum (daughter of the Library of Alexandria) and Sarah attends the Mystery School of Akhenaten.
In 71 CE Sarah moves to Lake Mareotis during the week and starts writing – Codex I in 73 CE. The children join her in 81 CE and Sarah then writes Codex V.
In 84 CE the children take on the transmitting of the codices and in 95 CE Sarah dies. Judas becomes the leader of the community.
The Epilogue explains some of the codices are encoded and contain the secret teachings of Jesus and the mysteries of the universe.