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The Messianic Legacy

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  41 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, 544 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Arrow (first published 1986)
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It is a long time since I read these books; back in the 80's?90's?

They made some interesting points, and while they were 'sensational' when they first came out I suspect that the erosion of time, fictional works like the da Vincy code and the era of short attention spans means they are unlikely to make a resurgence.

A lot of it is jesus based, a secret society that claims to be descendant from him, curious snippets of history and archaeology put together to create an intriguing hypothesis or two.
Stephen Hayes
The main theme of The messianic legacy appears to be the way in which a small semi-secret society, the Prieuré de Sion, is seeking to achieve its objective of restoring a Merovingian monarch to the throne of France. The Merovingians apparently claimed descent from the Old Testament House of David, and in an earlier work, The holy blood and the holy grail, the authors put forward the hypothesis that this decent was through Jesus or his immediate family.

The Merovingians (descendants of Merovech) w
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this before its predecessor, the very famous (and suppressed with controversy and obfuscation) Holy Blood, Holy grail; and then had to go get that one and read it. It explained a good deal I had heard since the eighties, but more.

Some of the facts and arguments are incontrovertible. Various names, and their meanings, for example.

While the average person of European descent has lost it - not in the smallest measure because it suits the powers that tried hard to veil information and knowl
Alex Rudder
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, religion
Convinced me more than ever that the top religious authorities are NOT to be trusted.
The Vatican has its own secret intelligence organization!?!? They are working in cahoots with the Priory of Sion, the Knights of Malta and the CIA!!!!!! Among other organizations!! . . . for crying out loud! Pope Alexander VI - " has served us well, this myth of Christ". "MYTH OF CHRIST" - from the pope's mouth! Cardinal Spellman of NYC was also a CIA operative!!!
Not to be trusted! Any of them!!
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Assuming the information it contains is true - fascinating and thought-provoking. A tortuous read in places - not set out in an easy-to-read style. Worth sticking with.
Dee Marks

This was interesting but a torturous read at the same time. I enjoyed the facts but not the authors need to give their moral views over and over again.
Vladodlak Blagojevic
On the beginning are very interesting parallels of the Messiahs and the old religions. At the end we get again the story of the conspiration theories about the first book Holy Blood, Holy Grail .
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A little too far fetched on the ideas for my liking.
Kenton Crowther
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
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
Sep 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Patricia Walker
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Peter Hurst
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
John Bentley
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The follow up book to The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail separating fact from fiction that first spawned the stream of books including the da Vinci Code and its huge success in its revelations of the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene's child, a story now contained and continued in the tale of Francis Bacon, the writer of Shakepeare, and Tudor genius, as in The Royal Secret.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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)
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
The dots don't connect; a hoax.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 27, 2010 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.
M.K. MacInnes
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Weaker than the previous two in the trilogy and I felt the thread got a bit lost towards the end.
وسام عبده
Very complicated alternative history based on conspiracy theory and a very extreme interpretation for historical, architectural, and religious evidences.
May 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
A great read...but ultimately built on a hoax and that is why the one star.
Doris Pearson
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting history. Didn't answer any of my questions.
Aug 26, 2012 added it
Simon Peter = Simon Zealot
Yeshua of the Essenes an armed revolutioner
The great christian cover-up
Alex Blance
today Christianity originate from Pauline thought?...who were the true and original christians of today/ and from what source? this book. you can decide for yourself.
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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