BIO FROM: http://www.margaretstarbird.net/margarets_bio.html
Margaret Starbird holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Maryland where she concentrated in comparative literature, medieval studies, and German language, studies she pursued on a Fulbright Student Grant at the Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany. She taught German language classes at the University of Maryland for four years (1964-68) and for one year at North Carolina State University(1969-70). She later studied theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN (1988-89). Margaret Starbird has lived and traveled widely in Europe including pilgrimages to Black Madonna and Mary Magdalene shrines and Cathar citadels in Provençe. Starbird and her husband of 44 years currently reside in the Pacific Northwest. They have five grown children and six grandchildren. Starbird presents frequent lectures nationwide as well as international seminars and retreats honoring the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Marriage at the core of the Christian story.
Margaret is a widely read and referenced author. Her first book, The Woman With the Alabaster Jar, is available in 17 languages and was a major inspiration for Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.
Margaret's other published works include: Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile, The Feminine Face of Christianity, Magdalene's Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and Sacred Union in Christianity and The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine in Christianity.