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Cathedral of the Black Madonna


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Table of Contents

Part One -- The Sites
1 -- The Entrance to the Labyrinth
2 -- The Vibrating Stones
3 -- Chartres over the Course of History

Part Two -- The Virgin's Great Shadow
4 -- The Mother of God
5 -- Worship of the Virgin
6 -- The Black Madonna

Part Three -- The Mystery of the Druids
7 -- The Forest of the Carnutes
8 -- Gargantua's Itinerary
9 -- Our Lady of Under Ground
10 -- The Virgin of the Druids


About the Author

Poet, philosopher, historian and storyteller Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching pre-Christian and medieval culture and spirituality. He lives in Brittany.


". . . this book will appeal to the serious scholar and the reader passionate about this unique cathedral; it is rich in information and ideas that can continue to be mined with each successive reading." * Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, ForeWord, Mar-Apr 2005 *
". . . a comprehensive discussion of not just the Black Madonna, but of one of the most amazing cathedrals ever built." * Publishers Weekly, Nov. 29, 2004 *
"Markale's examination traces the appeal of the Black Madonna back to ancient goddess legends and times and provides plenty of insights into Druid mysteries." * The Midwest Book Review *
"Markale's linkage of the ancient Druid theology to the Catholic theology and its Marian devotion is a cogent work of historic research and religious considerations. Forget the 'DaVinci Code' and pick up this book instead." * Phil Hall, Arts and Entertainment, New York Resident *
. . . a good case is made for the paranormal background of this architectural wonder and the foundations that lie in the mystic rituals of the Celts and the druids. Cathedral of the Black Madonna is a formidable work. . . .provides ample ground for imagination and speculation as to the inner life of our ancestors." * W. Ritchie Benedict, Fate, July 2005 *
"If you have an interest in ancient cultures, goddess worship, the sacred nature of the cathedrals and those who built them, and the path of Gnosis, there is much to love in this book. . . . Read it, put it away and read it a few months later. You will see something within it that you did not see before." * Kathleen McGowan, The Expected One, Aug 2006 *
" . . . author Jean Markale takes us far back to the underlying roots that flowered into the cathedral we see today." * Robert Simmons, MetaGuide Magazines, October 2010 *

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