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The Messianic Legacy

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  640 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The startling, frighteningly convincing sequel to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail that reveals the very nature of the Messianic Legacy.

After the shocking revelations of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail the authors, in their quest to determine the discrepancies between early and modern 'Christian' thought, found that they were forced to ask such questions as:

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Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Arrow (first published 1986)
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Alex Rudder
If Michael Baigent didn't stir the pot enough with The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, nearly tipped it over with this one. With constant references to controversial pieces that challenged religion, Baigent slowly begins to build an argument that highlights flaws in many of the sacred texts. I found it interesting that early 1900's philosophers that wrote texts concerning the life, and death, of Jesus Christ faced intense hatred from those of religious beliefs, similar to those who challenged rel ...more
Kenton Crowther
This book goes into the meaning of Messiahship, where
its predecessor, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
examined the bloodline of Jesus and asked whether it flowed in the veins of the Merovingian Kings of France.

The Messianic Lewgacy aims to present the Jesus of history, the man who lived and breathed in the seething cockpit of Palestine around the year 33 A.D. The gentle Jesus they told us about in school, he seemed to be in Disneyland. That tale had grown stale, and suddenly the first century
Holy Blood Holy Grail was an amazing book, but also amazingly dry until the information was eventually popularised and trivialised by Dan Brown. Messianic Legacy was just OK, but still had very interesting bits about Jesus' siblings and twin(s), how and why Christianity was created from Judaism, the birth of the EU, and humanity's search for meaning.
The sequel to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail", the part about the historical Jesus is by far the most accurate account of the life of the man - not the semi-god. Even as an atheist, I found this extremely interesting and helpful.
Patricia Walker
I have an active interest in the subject of the books by these guys and found this one extremely illuminating although it was tough going at times. It certainly raises more questions than it answers in most cases and showed how much is still kept from modern day citizens for various reasons be they right or wrong
Highly disappointing! I have read a few books from the same authors, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The same can not be said for the Messianic Legacy. Although it contains some very interesting (but largely ludicrous) theories, the going is far harder than in their other books, A couple of times I found myself getting bored and skipping on the next heading. I know the authors had a big falling out at some point, I can only assume it was somewhere between starting to write this book, and finishing ...more
More lovely nonsense from the folks that brought us the Da Vinci Code but didn't get paid for it. (Note: use more supermarket-find-a-word-level puzzles next time. Make the rubes feel smarter.) This one isn't as seamless as HBHG; the leaps in logic grow ever larger. However, should the heir of Jesus rise to claim his rightful position (Gen. Secretary of UN? Prime Minister of France? Commissioner of Major League Baseball?) he's got my vote.
John Harvey
I bought this book because I thought it was about me.

Seriously folks - I gave this five stars, but just as I said in my review of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" let me go on record that those 5 stars are based on the entertainment value of this book.

I usually stay away from conspiracy books & crazy people, but this is well written and well researched.
Michael Baigent going a little too far this time trying to force a connection of the grail's issue with politics.
Yes we all know that ancient Messianic movement was political movement but i think its too much if Baigent over extending the world of this secret Merovingian things with so many medern day political and counter intelligent groups.
Peter Hurst
Feb 11, 2008 Peter Hurst rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Strongly Recommend
The continuation to Holy Blood, Holy Grail. This one delves more into philosophy and interpretations of the Bible, which I liked a lot. Exploring how the world has been shaped by the influence of religion and power. Such topics, as Hitler's rise to power, being fueled by religion and his self proclamation as the next Messiah.
great read; can get bogged down by so many dates & names; part 1: great, focused on jesus/messiah; part 2: not so good, focused on history of priory of sion; two parts seemed disconnected
Jan 05, 2011 Nancy marked it as to-read
I love anything that has to do with the Knight's Templar and how Christianity went from being a small group of people to one of the most influential forces in history.
وسام الدين محمد
Very complicated alternative history based on conspiracy theory and a very extreme interpretation for historical, architectural, and religious evidences.
It's quite interesting book, nice continuation of "Holy Grail, Holy Blood". If you read the first one, read the second one and keep mind opened.
A follow-up on their first book Holy Blood, Holy Grail. In a way also a defense of the first one. Readable, interesting bit far fetched
Oct 30, 2013 Pablo added it
Simon Peter = Simon Zealot
Yeshua of the Essenes an armed revolutioner
The great christian cover-up
A great read...but ultimately built on a hoax and that is why the one star.
Not as good as HBHG...but still kept my interest...more of the same
Doris Pearson
Lots of interesting history. Didn't answer any of my questions.
title in German:
Das Vermächtnis des Messias
The dots don't connect; a hoax.
Another ground breaking research from the authors of Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. Also a possible insight into the ancient secret society and the keepers of the bloodline of Jesus, Prieure De Sion (Priory of Sion)
Interesting read!
Mar 10, 2009 Laura added it
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Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.

Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has
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