Michael Baigent

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Michael Baigent

Author and speculative theorist who co-wrote a number of books that question mainstream perceptions of history and the life of Jesus add

Category: Literature

Born in 1948.

Countries: United States (30%), UK (30%), United Kingdom (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Richard Leigh (author), Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

Linked to: Canterbury University, Nelson College, University of Canterbury, University of Kent

 

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Michael Baigent was born in 1948 add something


1970

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" add something

 

Richard Leigh (author) - Leigh met his frequent co-author Michael Baigent while living in the United Kingdom in the 1970s


1976

In 1976, Baigent moved to England, where he met Richard Leigh, the man who was to be his roommate and frequent co-author add something


1982

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 add something


2001

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 add something


2005

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


2006

In March 2006, Baigent and Leigh filed a lawsuit in a British court against Brown's publisher, Random House, claiming copyright infringement add something

 

On 7 April 2006, High Court judge Peter Smith rejected the copyright-infringement claim by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, and Dan Brown won the court case add something

 

Dan Brown - In April 2006, Brown won a copyright infringement case brought by authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who claimed that Brown stole ideas from their 1982 book Holy Blood Holy Grail for his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.

 

Peter Smith (judge) - In April 2006, Smith ruled that Dan Brown had not breached the copyright of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of the pseudo-historical book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail"

 

The Da Vinci Code - After losing before the High Court on July 12, 2006, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh appealed, unsuccessfully, to the Court of Appeal


2007

On 28 March 2007, Baigent and Leigh lost their appeal against this decision and were faced with legal bills of about 3 million pounds add something


Michael Baigent died in 2013 add something