I talked to a historian friend after reading this very exciting, impossible to put down novel--in spite of some really bad dialogue. She read it too, and said it was certainly not a piece of "research" (as NPR person called it on the show "speaking of faith"...I nearly drove off the road!). There's absolutely zero evidence of any kind that jesus hooked up with maggie in any conjugal way. Certainly the important and powerful women apostles were written out of the new testament, etc. But, I'm learning that true scholarly researchers of this period are lamenting this sensation as detraction from their factual and remarkable findings.