In August 1965 a document known as Les descendants mérovingiens ou l’énigme du Razès Wisigoth appeared. It was written by an annoymous Madeleine Blancasall, perhaps a name in honour of Mary Magdalene and the two rivers called the Blanques and Sals which flow through the village of Rennes-les-Bains. The document was deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris and states that it is translated from the German by Walter Celse-Nazaire, again probably named after the patron saints of the church of Rennes-les-Bains.
Below is a couple of paragraphs from the text telling a slightly different version of the 'finding of the Parchments' by Sauniere at Rennes-le-Chateau.
This text was written two years before Gerard de Sede published his book - which introduced Rennes-le-Chateau to the whole of France. In this book the outlines of the story of Sauniere as told by Plantard and Cherisey was well on its way to becoming the final version we would come love when we read Gerard de Sede. However, we know that Plantard and Cherisey did a lot of research and added their own themes as the years passed by. The question is: did they have access to relevant important information that led them in a different direction to other authors or were they really creating their own ludibrium?
The slight differences in the story are interesting to catalogue on this journey to L'or de Rennes! But what had been happening prior to 1964 in Rennes? What was the state of the story before Plantard & Cherisey added their ludibrium?
Well, in 1956 Albert Salamon’s series of articles entitled ‘The Fabulous Discovery of The Millionaire Priest of Rennes-le-Château’ were published in La Dépêche de Midi. Noël Corbu, who claimed for the first time (12 January) that, while the old Church altar was being dismantled “one of the old pillars of the altar providentially revealed a hole, from where slipped some tubes of hollow wood containing parchments written in Latin”.
Dr André Malacan obtains permission from the necessary authorities to conduct the first official archaeological excavation of the church of St Mary Magdalene in Rennes-le-Château.
From 1956 to 1964 various other TV and newspaper articles were published/aired detailing the treasure of Rennes and its mystery. For example in 1964 Noël Corbu published his Essai Historique sur Rennes-le-Château – a five paged manuscript deposited in the ‘Archives de l’Aude’ in Carcassonne. And again, in 1962, a Frances-Inter Radio Programme presented by Robert Arnaut and Robert Charroux, and interviewing Noël Corbu, referred to the gravestone of Marie de Negri d’Ables and to the existence of another “stone” bearing the inscriptions “SAE” and “SIS”, announcing: “It is sincerely hoped that an appeal will be launched on the air-waves to find two triangular stones bearing various key inscriptions. These two stones could be in Paris. One bears the following inscription: ‘P.S. Reddis cellis regis arcis praecum’ and the other: ‘Sae sus in media linea ubi M cecat linea parva P.S. Praecum.’
If one concludes that Plantard and Cherisey are definitely on the scene by at least '63-'64 [Le Dossiers Secrets were a collection of documents and genealogies, deposited anonymously in the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris between 1964 and 1967 of which Les descendants mérovingiens ou l’énigme du Razès Wisigoth was part of. The first in the series, published in 1964, was the Généalogie des rois mérovingiens et origine de diverses familles françaises et étrangères de souche mérovingienne] then there are several important 'developments' in these early 'texts'. For example - part of the 'tresor de Rennes' in this Blancasall story is attributed to Dagobert II, and the money he had access to as King of Austrasia. The other part of the treasure is a secret pertaining to Blanchefort and its guardians. We already have the involvement of funerary stones of Marie de Negre. What we also have, back in 1965, is the role of Abbe Boudet playing a much bigger role.
In the section i quote from above Blancasall says '...leading to the famous menhir called cheval de dieu and the cross on the ?stone of crete [?stone ridge] 681 yards from the shepherdess [large chair] of the church of Rennes-les-Bains. He [Sauniere] then goes to Abbe Boudet for advice on this daemon de gardien ..'.
Here we find references to the existence of a Menhir called the Horse of God, and a mysterious cross of crete carved on a stone. The 'cheval de dieu' was part of the secret message discovered once the Sauniere parchments had been deciphered. [Later, in Cherisey's CIRCUIT novel, finally published in 1971 or thereabouts but known to have been written much earlier the 'cheval de dieu' becomes the 'Horse of God' in one of the Delacroix paintings at Saint Sulpice, and it also becomes in some strange way a reference to a car, a Citroën 2CV - French: "deux chevaux" i.e. "deux chevaux-vapeur" (lit. "two steam horses"].
had read about something like the cross of crete/stone of crete before. It was in Boudet's book La Vrai Langue Celtique ... on page 244 Boudet says that by a square rock (the De? Dice?) is the entrance to a cave and dolmen... It states on page 245 that directly above the dolmen, a rock crest bears a Greek cross carved in stone; so it seems confirmed - Henri Boudet felt that the most important cross was the one on this dolmen near Serbeirou/ road to Sougraine.
The same information pops up in a later Secret Dossier File, a much more famous file called Le Serpent Rouge. In the verse of Libra it says: "At the window of the ruined house I gazed across the trees stripped by autumn to the summit of the mountain. The cross of crete stood out under the midday sun, it was the fourteenth and the biggest of all with its 35 centimetres!"
According to Madeline Blancassal this Cross of Crete is 681 yards from the bergere [bergère - large chair] which in this case i believe is the Devil's Armchair [described as being of 'the church of Rennes-les-Bains']. With all these landmarks being in the area of Rennes-les-Bains this would explain why Sauniere visited Boudet for advice on this daemon de gardien - could it be that Boudet is actually the 'daemon guardian' - as the person able to maintain, & preserve something: Being the guardian of the tradition. That is - was Boudet the guardian of the meaning of some local mystery at Rennes-les-Bains? Daemon means the guardian spirit of a place or person - which certainly describes Boudet. Guardien means a person who has custody, or who is responsible for protecting or monitoring someone or something [in Boudet's case, the secret of a local mystery in Rennes-les-Bains] or one, who protects & preserves something - which some say Boudet did and to which he gave credence to in his famous book 'The True Celtic Language'!
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.