Book Description The sequel to the bestselling religious thriller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. A thrilling new investigation into the roots of Christianity from the world's bestselling Christian writers. From the Publisher The sequel to THE HOLY BLOOD AND THE HOLY GRAIL reissued in a stunning new look From the Inside Flap "Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundations of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material -- and its earthshaking consequences. - What extraordinary meaning lies behind Jesus' title -- "King of the Jews"? - Was there more than one Christ? - Who really constituted Jesus' following -- and what were the real identities of Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot? - Who now has the ancient treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem? - What is the true source of today's Christian "Fundamentalism"? - What links the Vatican, the CIA, the KGB, the Mafia, Freemasonry, and the Knights Templar? - What is the stunning goal of the European secret society that traces its lineage back to Christ and the House of David? "The Messianic Legacy. Here is the book that reveals the answers to these intriguing, potentially explosive questions. Utilizing the same meticulous research that catapulted their first book onto the best seller lists, the authors again bring an enlighteneing message of truth -- and urgent importance -- to Christians and non-Christians the world over. From the Back Cover THE STARTLING, FRIGHTENINGLY CONVINCING SEQUEL TO THE HOLY BLOO D 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: *Was there more than one Christ? * Was Christ the founder of Christianity? * Were the disciples as peace-loving as it is traditionally assumed? *What links the Vatican, the CIA, the KGB, the Mafia, Freemasonry, P2, Opus Dei and the Knights Templar *What mysterious modern crusade implicates British industry, Churchill and de Gaulle, the EEC and Solidarity? The Messianic Legacy offers enthralling new investigations into the shadowy society of the 'Prieure de Sion' - 'The Guardians of the Holy Grail' - as the authors discover the murky world of politics, finance, freemasonry, and religion that exists beneath the most solid and conservative seeming of European institutions. The ominous global conspiracy of disinformations they uncovered ensures that The Messianic Legacy us an up-to-the-minute thriller and a work of biblical detection that is even more significant than The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail About the Author Michael Baigent graduated from Christchurch University, New Zealand. Richard Leigh followed up his degree from Tufts University, Boston, with postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and Stony Brook New York State University. They are co-authors of investigative religious books including The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge.