Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_Baigent
Born in 1948.
Countries: United States (30%), UK (30%), United Kingdom (20%)
Linked to: Canterbury University, Nelson College, University of Canterbury, University of Kent
The three discovered that they shared an interest in the Knights Templar, and took their Jesus bloodline theory on the road during the 1970s, in a series of lectures which later developed into the 1982 book, "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail"
Published on 18 January 1982, "The Holy Blood and the 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 Merovingians, and was all tied together by a society known as the Priory of Sion
A Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England, he has been editor of "Freemasonry Today" since April 2001, which he has used as a platform for a more liberal approach to Freemasonry
The Da Vinci Code - In 2005, UK TV personality Tony Robinson edited and narrated a detailed rebuttal of the main arguments of Dan Brown and those of Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, who authored the book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", in the program "The Real Da Vinci Code", shown on British TV Channel 4
In March 2006, Baigent and Leigh filed a lawsuit in a British court against Brown's publisher, Random House, claiming copyright infringement