In the Rennes Observer of June 2002 a very strange article appeared. It was an extract from an 'original article' [no information on where this original article was first published was stated] by a researcher named David Ellsworth. Ellsworth published this article in 1992 and claims to have compiled it from his research in the Vatican Archives between 1981-1984. Some of his assertions are as follows:
"Berenger Saunière's personal 'treasure' was 'knowledge'. No references to the priest Berenger Saunière is found in the Vatican Archives All records have mysteriously been removed.
A very old priest [at the Vatican] who had worked with the Secret Archives for forty years requested a meeting with [Ellsworth]. This priest told him;
'all mention of Berenger Saunière has been purged from the Vatican. It was as if he had never lived ..... Father d'Ferrogino, the priest who refused the 'Last Rites' to Saunière ...never recovered from what he learnt from Saunière that day'.
This priest at the Vatican went on to tell Ellsworth about the knowledge held by Saunière was.....
"It was about nine knights in Jerusalem ...they had dug beneath the ancient temple of Jerusalem, within Solomon's stables, in the search for gold ..... they had uncovered four caches of gold, silver, jewels and something else. This [something else] was a copper coffin. A coffin that bore the inscription 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'. Below this, there was writing in Hebrew, that when translated, told of the placement of the coffin beneath the temple, and that it had been done by order of one of the chief priests, Nicodemus.
The Templars were stricken .....the very foundations of their faith, based upon a physical resurrection, was shaken beyond repair. At the same time ....they knew ..... if properly utilised this knowledge [would] bring immense wealth and power. The problem was that if they presented the coffin and its contents to the Church - the chances were that they would be slain 'to protect the sanctity of the Church'.
The knights, the priest from the Vatican then alleges, agreed to form a secret branch separate from the Templars [called the Prieurie de Sion] - a branch that would be totally clandestine and would serve as the 'keeper of treasures'. It was the task of these Templars to discover some way in which to convince authorities in Rome what they had found .... they sent an emissary to discuss the problem with Saint Bernard. Bernard advised them to take their discovery to a monastery in Turkey ..... there a monk had discovered a process by which documents could be copied chemically. Parchments would be soaked in invisible dye and placed over the original before being spread out in the sunlight. As the chemical dried, images of the document beneath it would appear on the upper sheet.
In Turkey, they [the Templars?] also learnt that copper was a perfect sealant for bodies. The corpse inside copper coffins would remain intact and well preserved. [Therefore the Templars had the idea?] of placing a damp cloth over the corpse [in the cooper coffin they had found?] and placing it in sunlight, and within hours the 'natural gases' released from the body formed light stains on the cloth - stains that would be indelible forever'.
'The cloth was presented to Pope Innocent II. In response, claimed the priest at the Vatican, the Templars were given lands, wealth, ships and power because the Pope realised that the Templars could bring down the whole edifice of Christianity. The Vatican priest also sent Ellsworth to see a Canon Alfred Lilley. Lilley told Elsworth:
"I'll tell you what you want to know in short terms. The treasure of Saunière was that he discovered the tale of the Templars ..... he blackmailed the church for 20 years .....the treasure consists of incontrovertible proof that the Crucifixion was a fraud and that Jesus was alive as late as 45AD"
Does anyone know any more about this researcher called David Ellsworth? The inference is that his research was done before even the publication of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Some extracts of this article even read verbatim like chunks out of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. The amazing thing for me, is yet again, the suggestion that the whole solution to this 'mystery' is the fate of the body of the historical figure called Jesus of Nazareth. Just why does research conducted by researchers always come back to this idea?
Supposing, just for one minute, that this is the truth?
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.