Chapters from Da Vinci's Last Commission

Opening Chapters

Opening Chapters

Written by Fiona McLaren

These opening chapters explore how the painting came into my family, what first motivated me to investigate her, and then my findings; In this riveting opening section you will read of the Sacred Feminine in the guise of Mary Magdalene of Leonardo da Vinci and his philosophy, of the Priory of Sion ...

Chapter Four

Chapter Four

Culdees, Celtic Christianity - Written by Fiona McLaren

An engraving by Anthony Walker in the late 1700s is the topic of one of the chapters and follows on from the portrait of Mary Magdalene and her flight to freedom.

It is of a monk sitting in the monastery garden and one copied from a ...

Chapter Five

Chapter Five

The Declaration of Arbroath

Here a seemingly innocuous stamp opens up another connection to the migration of an ancient people to our shores. This stamp commemorating The Declaration of Arbroath is investigated and found to be one of the most eloquent blackmail letters in history. 

Chapter SIx

Chapter SIx

Children of the Light

The Cathars; Southern France; Rennes le Chateau

This takes us to France and the legacy of The Cathars.  A medieval sect who were the victims of the first genocide of our time. 

Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven

Path of the Pilgrims.

Our journey now takes us West to Santiago de Compostela on the Western seaboard of Spain, the field of stars, to one of the most popular pilgrimage routes in Europe. But is it what it seems, or is the route founded on a much older one. 

Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight

The Apollo who would be King

The Sun King; Louis XIV

Louis XIV now enters centre stage in the form of  an engraving by Hyacinth which was amongst the art in the box are explored.  Here again the fleur de lys is in evidence as it swamps the King from all directions. 

Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine

Return to Provence

Grail Map, commissioned by King Louis XIV; the Sun King of a mysterious Abbot

“We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversations, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all”. William James  A Pluralistic Universe.

Epilogue

Epilogue

Written by Fiona McLaren

This is a beautiful section which speaks of the sacred union of Christ and Mary Magdalene, and of the ultimate act of Hieros Gamos, and the balance of the Sacred. .

The painting goes for Auction in 2013; proceeds from the Sale will establish ...

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