The startling, frighteningly convincing sequel to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail that reveals the very nature of the Messianic Legacy. Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundations of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material — and its earthshaking. Also by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln · Holy Blood, Holy Grail Illustrated Edition. The Messianic Legacy. See all books by Michael Baigent.

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Michael Baigent born Michael Barry Meehan[1] 27 February — 17 June was an author and speculative theorist who co-wrote a number of books that question mainstream perceptions of history and the life of Jesus. Noly is best known as co-writer of the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

Baigent was lbood in in Nelson, New Zealand legwcy and grew up in the nearby communities of Motueka and Wakefield. His upbringing was Catholicand he attended church three times a week, as well as being tutored in Catholic theology from the age of five years. His father left the family when he was eight years old and with his mother Jean, Baigent went to live with his maternal grandfather, Lewis Baigent, a sawmill owner, and took his surname.

Michael Baigent – Wikipedia

His secondary schooling was at Nelson Collegeand then he moved on to the University of CanterburyChristchurchinitially intending to study science and continue in the family career of forestry, but then switched to studying comparative religion and philosophy, studying BuddhismHinduism and Christianity.


He travelled to Australia and Southeast Asiaoccasionally living on the street. He then returned to Aucklandreceiving a BA in Psychology.

Baigent worked briefly at the BBC photographic department, and worked night shifts at a soft-drink factory. Baigent lived in Bath with his wife, Jane, with whom he had two daughters, Isabelle and Tansy.

He died from a brain haemorrhage in Brighton in InBaigent moved to the UKwhere he met Richard Leighthe man who was to be his roommate and frequent co-author. In the same decade, Leigh introduced him to Henry Lincolna British television scriptwriter, while Lincoln was lecturing at a summer school.

The three discovered that they shared an interest in the Knights Templarand took their Jesus bloodline theory on the road during the s, rgail a series of lectures which later developed into the book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

Published on 18 JanuaryHoly Blood, Holy Grail popularised the hypothesis that the true nature of the quest for the Holy Grail was that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child together, the first of a bloodline which later married into a Frankish royal dynasty, the Merovingiansand was all tied together by a society known as the Priory of Sion.

Michael Baigent

The theory that Jesus and Mary were in a carnal physical relationship is based on Baigent’s interpretation of the Holy Kiss on the mouth typically between males in early Christian times, thus signifying Mary’s emancipationand spiritual marriageas given in the Gospel of Philip.

The theory was perpetuated by authors Laurence Gardner and Margaret Starbird. The book has been described as “a work thoroughly debunked by scholars and critics alike” [8] and it was called “one of the all-time great works of hol pseudohistory” in a review in The New York Times Book Review. Later, he and Leigh co-authored several books, including The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception in which they primarily followed the controversial theories of Robert Eisenman concerning the interpretation of the Scrolls.


The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent

The name combines Richard Leigh’s surname with ‘Teabing’, an anagram of Baigent. In MarchBaigent and Leigh filed a lawsuit in a British court against Brown’s publisher, Random Houseclaiming copyright infringement.

Concurrent with the plagiarism trial, Baigent released a new book, The Jesus Papersamid criticism that it was just a reworking of themes from Holy Blood, Holy Grailand timed to capitalize on the marketing hype around the release of the movie The Da Vinci Codeas well as the attention brought by the trial.

In the postscript to the book p. On 28 MarchBaigent and Leigh lost their appeal against this decision and were faced with legal bills of about 3 million pounds. Baigent’s interpretations of history sometimes attracted lwgacy criticisms from scholars and historians.

Baigent himself conceded that none of his theories yielded any positive results: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 30 June Referring to the origins of the black tie tradition, he added: Retrieved 24 November Retrieved 23 October The Case of the Grail”, in Norris J. Retrieved 29 June Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history.

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