Was Dan Brown right? One respected genealogist has evidence that the Priory of Sion so important to The Da Vinci Code wasn't dreamed up in the 1950s as critics allege, but quite a bit earlier.
I, Arlene Eakle, professional genealogist and PhD in English History, know that the Antiquaries believed Sion was established as early as 1099, and connected to the Knights Templars with the same grandmaster serving both. Then in 1188, the two were restructured with separate leadership and treasuries. These early genealogists, for that is what the Antiquaries were, also knew that Sion supported the Merovingian royal lineage, still working closely with and in some enterprises, still connected to the Knights Templars. I know because I researched and documented not only their vision but also their achievement.
One idea that intrigues me is the real possibility that Prince Michael Stewart of Albany could be a direct lineal, and living descendant from Mary Magdalene. [Link, via Genealogy Blog]Prince Michael Stewart of Albany is Belgium-born Michael Lafosse, who claims descent from "Bonnie Prince Charlie." Is he also a descendant of Jesus? You be the judge.