I tore through this book when it came out and found it fascinating, but
had the same reservations already expressed by another poster; that it
abandoned a certain objectivity that would have given it more oomph.
Ultimately, it struck me as a somewhat more scholarly Eric Van Daanikan (sp):
i.e., _Chariots of the Gods_ but a few rungs up the ladder. The essential
focus as I recall was on the popular (and heretical) legends of Christ's
life after the resurrection, which he survivies either by divine or
natural means, and wherein he goes on to establish his church with
Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, or other legends where he goes to
the South of France, having married Mary Magdeline and had children by
her. His REAL tomb, presumably, is hinted at in certain esoteric
traditions or in mysterious writings over the doors of certain chapels;
I think an actual tomb is photographed in the south of France. The
sects examined include the Rosecrucians, the Knights
Templar and the Cistercian Order (which produced the Sangraal text).
The big hoary secret that is waiting to be revealed by secret societies
related to these (like the Masons) is that its members are
the descendants of Christ. This is my imperfect memory of the book.
It's a good read, raises some fascinating questions, but should be taken with a
large grain of salt.