Michael Baigent (along with Richard Leigh) is the bestselling author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Temple and the Lodge, and of The Messianic Legacy. He was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from
Canterbury University, Christchurch, and a master of arts degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent, England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.
Richard Leigh was a novelist and short story writer born in New Jersey to a British father and an American mother. Leigh earned a BA from Tufts University, a master’s degree from the
University of Chicago, and a PhD from the State University of
New York at Stony Brook. He died in 2007.