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  • Published: 25 September 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099664215
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $35.00

The Handmaid's Tale




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.

The startling, frighteningly convincing sequel to The Holy Blood 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 Church. 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.

  • Published: 25 September 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099664215
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $35.00

About the authors

Michael Baigent

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 The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Temple and the Lodge. He died in 2013.

Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh studied at Tufts University, Boston, the University of Chicago and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He died in 2007.

Henry Lincoln

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.

Praise for The Handmaid's Tale

Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit

Peter Kemp, Independent

The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story

Angela Carter

Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic

Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Listener

The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling

Linda Taylor, Sunday Times

Powerful...admirable

Robert Irwin, Time Out

It's hard to believe it is 25 years since it was first published, but its freshness, its anger and its disciplined, taut prose have grown more admirable in the intervening years... Atwood's novel was an ingenious enterprise that showed, with out hysteria, the real dangers to women of closing their eyes to patriarchal

Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

Turned 25 this year and...worth re-reading. As you grow, such books grow with you

Erica Wagner, The Times, Christmas round up

Fiercely political and bleak, yet witting and wise...this novel seems ever more vital in the present day

Observer

Compulsively readable

Daily Telegraph

The mother of all feminist dystopian novels.

Sarra Manning, Red

The novel satirises the strain of evangelical puritanism in American culture and the objectification and control of women's bodies. It is more broadly a contemporary myth of despotic power, and how such power deforms those who are subjected to it.

Tim Adams, Observer

It's mesmerising, compelling and considered one of her best.

Jennifer McShane, Image Magazine

One of Atwood's finest pieces of work serves as a great reminder of what humanity is capable of.

Hannah Dunn, Red

Margaret Atwood is a wry and perceptive observer of society as well as an original storyteller

Cecilia Heyes, Psychologist

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception

Essence

This is a novel pervaded by violence, sex, terror, but also by contemplation, analysis and - occasionally - by hope. Atwood shockingly reveals what we could be capable of.

Elly McCausland, Cherwell Newspaper

A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist

Bernadine Evaristo, author of GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER

Well documented and often sinister facts

Oxford Times

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