Christian Doumergue: Through this book, I invite foremost a new perception of Rennes-le-Château. This is why it can make an impression: it leads you to totally rethink the way we look at the mystery of the "cure with billions." I think it's time to bring this story into a new phase of understanding. This new understanding is based on a total review of the facts, both those contemporary with Saunière and those that occurred long after his death. As in most cases we have long had a mistaken view of the facts. I think we are now able to approach the truth of these many episodes of this extraordinary story. For example, my research clearly identifies the group that funded Saunière. Similarly, meticulous work on the writings of Pierre Plantard (! Those relating to Rennes-le-Château and others) allows me to highlight an unsuspected symbolic dimension that enlightens the mind. These are two distinct things - a priori of course - but they are two pieces of the same puzzle ... We must therefore understand all the parts of the puzzle in resonance with each other ... This brings us to unquestionably redefine the story in its entirety.
RduP: What is this new interpretation of the case of Rennes-le-Château?
Christian Doumergue: From major factual lines: Berenger Sauniere was a priest who had found a treasure, but there was also something else, something much more modest than has been said and which does not explain all his expenses/activities.
On the other hand, Pierre Plantard, who took advantage of the rumour's revolving around Saunière, began to tell a story which was quite fantastic - it blended treasure, coded scrolls and secret societies ...the story, of course, which some think turned out to be just that, a story! However, as I show, it is a novel and story full of symbolisml!
How do these two sides - (i.e. Sauniere/Plantard) fit in the history of Rennes? That is the question - and the research induced by that response - that is the basis for the new interpretation of the case of Rennes that I propose ... Pierre Plantard used a true story (that of the Abbe Sauniere and his unusual life) to tell another story, just as authentic in a symbolic narrative. What he said in appearance must be understood symbolically. His subject is not Berenger Sauniere. It is something else: the culmination of a personal quest in which he was helped by some people. What he is talking about to the end has nothing to do with the treasure of Sauniere. The new interpretation
of the case of Rennes-le-Château that I propose, therefore, is not limited to a redefinition of events that took place on and around the Aude but also the end point of this story.
RduP: About this "end point", as you say, the conclusions may surprise people ... They are probably astonished as you have previously followed in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene, and the mysteries surrounding life and the disappearance of Jesus. Are you open to anything else ...
Christian Doumergue: Compared to my previous writings, this (latest book) could give the impression that I pass on to another topic. But this is not the case. There is a common thread in all of this: follow us through different stages. Mary Magdalene and the tomb of Christ were two of these steps. But there is something else after these milestones: something that asks us who really was the Christ and who are we? One of the last chapters of my book is called "Origins" - & is the question that confines the secret of Rennes-le-Château ... As for the surprising nature of the end of the story, yes, I say 'it's amazing!' But my argument is not an extrapolation. It is a strict interpretation of the facts at our disposal. This interpretation cannot be challenged: it demonstrates that in the 1960s, a small group of people seized the treasure rumour revolving around the case of Sauniere to place at the centre of that story another that had nothing to do with the reality of Sauniere. They created a myth to slip a message in about the discovery they had made in the region of Rennes-les-Bains, a discovery that goes beyond the tomb of Mary Magdalene. This, I repeat, can not be disputed. The only question about this is: where did these people draw their knowledge?
RduP: You have an idea?
Christian Doumergue: The Secret unveiled makes some suggestions ... and highlights a new key element of the experience of Pierre Plantard in Rennes-les-Bains. I can tell you that the truth of this story is even more amazing than anything we could imagine! The enigma of Rennes is really far from being a simple puzzle that we are trying to understand for entertainment. Admittedly, this is a story of treasure, with all that that connotes in us, starting with our dreams and childish and adolescent reading. But what I show in my book is that the mystery of Rennes - as it has been reshaped by Pierre Plantard in the 1960s - has been designed as an initiatory fable by insiders ... I insist on this term . Pierre Plantard did not happen by chance to be in the Haute Vallée de l'Aude. He followed a quest that had animated him since his young years. And he saw something!
RduP: The Secret revealed ... after this you will have nothing more to say?
Christian Doumergue: No - Secret unveiled is not a term. It just leads us to contemplate a new dimension to the story, & highlights its existence and invite's its exploration ... Whoever reads the book completely, will begin to see what I mean. Far from being over, the adventure is instead expected to continue. The case of Rennes is revealed gradually. This is due to its structure, which borders on the initiation. Pierre Plantard created a fable to initiate each player, who unwittingly becomes the hero. A hero who gradually discovers that the various chapters and levels of reading designed by the designer of the story ... It takes time to acclimatise his eyes. Mine took 20 years to understand the enigma of Rennes in these new hitherto unsuspected revelations. The effect is a very strong feeling when you get to this stage of the process: I like to compare it to the picture that suddenly emerges in an autostereogram once the eye is acclimatized. Invisible until something turns abruptly. This is what I felt in making the discoveries that I reported in my book. The purpose of the Secret is revealed is for the reader to open a door which he/she may not have even suspected existed .......