Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Black Madonnas and 1980
5 December 2017
Put Online At: 3:45 PM GMT
Updated 6 December 2017
In the 1961 film “The Greengage Summer”, the character Joss Grey (played by Susannah York), whilst casually looking at a dark statue of the Virgin Mary in Reims cathedral, commented: “The statues were carved from bog-oak, which is black – I read that in a guide book”.
The Virgin Mary carved out of dark wood in the Carmelite chapel at Allington Castle in Britain originally had nothing to do with the Carmelite Order of nuns – it was carved by Clare Sheridan out of bog-oak during the 1950s, long before the chapel became the residence of the Carmelite Order.
It should also be pointed out that Baigent and Leigh were part of a crowd that included Ean Begg, who wrote The Cult of the Black Virgin in 1985 – where the dark statues of the Black Madonnas were transformed into Mary Magdalene – wife of Jesus Christ. The reason why the statues were black was because Mary Magdalene bore the child of Jesus Christ.
Astrologer Liz Greene (Richard Leigh’s sister) could have been part of the same crowd – Liz Greene’s 1980 novel about Nostradamus included the subject-matter of the Jesus Bloodline and the photograph of the author on the back cover was taken by Michael Baigent.