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Michael Baigent (1948–2013)

Author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail

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About the Author

Michael Baigent was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1948. He studied religion and psychology at the University of Canterbury, where he graduated in 1972. Before becoming an author, he was a commercial photographer. His first book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which was released in the show more United States as Holy Blood, Holy Grail, was written with Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln and was published in 1982. The book hypothesized that Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and that their descendants were protected by a secretive group called the Priory of Sion. He and co-author Richard Leigh unsuccessfully sued Random House UK for copyright infringement, over similarities between their work and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Baigent's other works included The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, The Jesus Papers, and Racing toward Armageddon. He died of a brain hemorrhage on June 17, 2013 at the age of 65. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Baigent, Michael Ferran Meritxell
Other names
Meehan, Michael Barry (birth name)
Date of death
Burial location
New Zealand (ashes)
New Zealand
Nelson, New Zealand
Place of death
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK
Cause of death
brain haemorrhage
Places of residence
Motueka, New Zealand
Wakefield, New Zealand
Bath, England, UK
Nelson College, New Zealand
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (comparative religion and philosophy)
University of Auckland, New Zealand (B.A.) (Psychology)
University of Kent (M.A.) (Mysticism and Religious Experience)
non-fiction writer
factory worker
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
United Grand Lodge of England
Short biography
Baigent was born in March 1948 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He grew up in Motueka and Wakefield. His father left the family when he was 8 years old, and Baigent took the name of his maternal grandfather, Lewis Baigent. He attended Canterbury University, Christchurch, initially intending to study science, but then switched to studying comparative religion and philosophy, studying Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. He traveled to Australia and Southeast Asia, later returning to Auckland where he received a BA in Psychology. He later earned an MA in Mysticism and Religious Experience at the University of Kent.
A Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England, he was editor of Freemasonry Today. He was a trustee of the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre.
Baigent died from a brain haemorrhage on June 18th 2013.  He is survived by his wife, Jane, two daughters and two step-children.



More implausible conspiracy-building without sound historical methods, the kind that was intriguing as a young teen and, sadly, remains so for some adults, too.
sfj2 | 77 other reviews | Mar 7, 2024 |
This is by far the best hoax I've ever read. Read this before you go on a road trip through rural France. It'll really give you the heebee-geebees.
MylesKesten | 77 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Neste livro, o autor faz revelações sobre a História de Jesus - ele não foi crucificado; era um líder político interessado no poder; e, bom de retórica, redigiu do próprio punho sua defesa diante do Tribunal Romano. Baigent se baseia em um documento jurídico romano, de 45 depois de Cristo, em que um certo Jesus ben Josef, imigrante da Galileia e proprietário de terras condenado por Pôncio Pilatos, faz declarações surpreendentes a respeito de sua natureza divina.
O que pensar diante da descoberta de um documento jurídico romano, de 45 depois de Cristo, em que um certo Jesus ben Josef, imigrante da Galiléia e proprietário de terras condenado por Pondo Pilatos, faz declarações surpreendentes a respeito de sua natureza divina? Será que tudo o que sabemos sobre Jesus está errado? Será que a biografia do símbolo maior do imaginário ocidental é muito mais ampla do que nos fazem acreditar? Em Os manuscritos De Jesus, Michael Baigent, um dos autores do consagrado O Santo Graal e a linhagem sagrada, faz revelações impressionantes sobre a vida e a crucificação desse homem que marcou a história do Ocidente. Apesar da celebração e veneração seculares ao redor da figura de Jesus, Baigent assegura que a sua trajetória de vida e as circunstâncias que o levar… (more)
bibliotecapresmil | 12 other reviews | Sep 12, 2022 |
Michael Baigent cashing in on The Da Vinci Code, which, of course, cashed in on the work Baigent cowrote back in the day: Holy Blood, Holy Grail. So, part of this book is a rehash of that book's thesis, with some added conjecture on Jesus and the Zealots, Jesus's lost years, and Jesus's supposed survival of the crucifixion. Baigent maintains that Jesus was promoted by the Zealots, but they became mad at him when he decided it was okay to "render unto Caesar" that which was Caesar's. Baigent claims that Jesus visited, lived near, and studied at one of the two Jewish temples outside the one in Jerusalem: the one on Elephantine Island in Egypt and the one at Leontopolis. Baigent chooses the Jewish temple at Leontopolis, built by Onias III as Josephus first said, and it was the temple of the Zealots. This gives Baigent leeway to imply that Jesus's Jewish religion was crossed with various Egyptian ideas, like that of Ma'at (the scales of justice), mysticism (like the Book of the Dead for the living), and, oddly, being entombed or en-caved like Osiris. Finally, building off his Holy Blood, Holy Grail theories, Baigent claims a Church of England vicar contacted them in the 1980s, said that way back in the 1930s, his boss another Church of England man, told him that back in the 1890s he had been called to Saint Sulpice in Paris, France, to translate a set of documents that showed Jesus was alive in A.D. 45, etc. Then, in the early 2000s, Baigent claims he saw this document and/or similar documents (confusion here) that were from A.D. 34 and/or A.D. 45 (confusion here) that showed Jesus was alive, etc. Baigent implies that the document he heard about in this third-hand, one hundred year game of telephone was the source of Bérenger Saunière's mysterious wealth and the foundation of all the Priory of Sion stuff midwifed by Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Of course, all the people in his game of telephone are quite dead. The documents Baigent supposedly sees in the 2000s are all quite nowhere to be seen, studied, verified, etc. There are lots of forgeries in the world of ancient documents. And, by the way, it is very rare that documents of such sort can be dated so precisely as A.D. 34 and/or A.D. 45. So, some scholarly supposition in Baigent's style, some alternative history and theology. Then a bunch of wink wink nudge nudge "trust me, would I lie" supposition and, frankly, malarkey. By the by, the baddies in Baigent's narrative are the same folk in most of these new agey, new Christ-y books: the Roman Catholic Church, conservative Christians, Paul of Tarsus, the Patriarchy, Academe, etc. Trope central. Interesting in spots; derivative, exploitative, and speculative to the point of incredulity in others.… (more)
tuckerresearch | 12 other reviews | Aug 12, 2022 |



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