This is a recurring theme in the case of Rennes, the epitaph of the Marquise-Hautpoul Blanchefort which is said to be encoded. Consequently, interest has focused on the Act that records the burial of Marie - written by Father Antoine Bigou, January 17, 1781. Besides the fact that the text registers the death - .... it is surprising still that there are two witnesses to certify an act that could be ratified by two chosen witnesses on the spot. Instead one witness is from the village of Rabouillet. It is true that Rabouillet is a village of the Fenouillèdes neighbouring counties in the Sault where the deceased was born. At the end of these reflections, the assumption is gradually insinuated that the marquise-Hautpoul Blanchefort had perhaps not been buried at Rennes-le-Château. This possibility has been mentioned by a Belgian researcher, Paul Saussez. In his opinion, the indication shall allow a brief reflection. So where would the Father Bigou have conducted the burial he himself notified? Paul Saussez argues that the Marquise de Blanchefort sometimes left Rennes to escape her most virulent creditors. That's when she lived in the castle of Monthaut, which belonged to the branch of Hautpoul-Félines and also where she died. Between Mirepoix and Limoux, the castle dates from the fifteenth century Monthaut, rebuilt in the seventeenth century. The present church, chapel stately castle adjoins the north.
Interestingly Saussez speculates that it is ‘quite possible she (Marie de Nègre) was never buried at Rennes'. Where then did Saussez think she was buried? He suggested a village called Monthaut, saying that; ‘At his death in 1753, François d'Hautpoul's estate was burdened with debts. In order to pay them off and provide for her subsistence, Marie de Nègre sold the seigneuries of Roquefeuil and Niort as well as the office of bailiff of Sault which she had brought in her dowry. However, her financial worries were far from being over, all the more so that her daughters had been endowed with
the jewels in the crown, i.e. the seigneuries of Aussillon, Montferrand, Bézis and Bains (the latter 3 corresponding to the borough of Rennes-les-Bains). So as to escape her creditors, Marie de Nègre regularly took refuge in Monthaut, a small seigneury between Limoux and Mirepoix which belonged to her mother-in-law Marie du Puy de Vatan......In conclusion, Monthaut being the burial place of Marie de Nègre is an educated guess on my behalf’.
( http://andrewgough.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2371& — downloaded 9/6/2010).
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.