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Holy Blood, Holy Grail

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail is a New York Times bestseller and work of pseudohistory written by authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, which was published in 1982 by Dell (ISBN 055212138). The book followed on from a BBC TV documentary. While it is a popular book, its conspiracy theories remain outside the fringes of academic inquiry on its subjects.

It details the authors' own quest for the Holy Grail by investigating the concocted mysteries of the village of Rennes-le-Château dating from the 1950s in southern France and constructing a conspiratorial view of the history of the Western world.

After a decade of research and speculation, Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln came to the following conclusions:

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Poussin's Et in Arcadia ego features prominently in the authors' quest
  • the order protects these royal claimants because they may be the literal descendants of Jesus and his wife Mary Magdalene or, at the very least, of king David and high priest Aaron.

It is generally presumed they knew these claims to be at best unprovable, or false. In fact, Richard Leigh has stated on television, that they only set out to give a plausible hypothesis, but "never believed it to be true". These theories have not been accepted by any reputable historians. Medieval-history students have lost marks in essays and exams through accepting works such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail, or successors inspired by it, as sources.

Author Dan Brown, in his bestseller The Da Vinci Code, makes reference to this book, and uses several of the above claims as key plot elements; indeed, Baigent and Leigh have attempted to sue Dan Brown for plagiarism, on the grounds that his book makes extensive use of their research and that one of the characters is named Leigh, has a surname (Teabing) which is an anagram of Baigent, and has a physical description strongly resembling Henry Lincoln.

The computer adventure game Gabriel Knight 3 uses many of the points as an important element in the story.

The Messianic Legacy is the 1987 sequel to Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

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