I came across an article by Robert Richardson regarding how Plantard managed to do all that he did when very young. Richardson wrote:
"In 1938, Plantard published and distributed for free "French Renewal" a pamphlet with a circulation a 10,000. It was printed by Poirer Murat, who later would print another publication ostensibly for Plantard. Now 18, Plantard was also active with Groupement Catholique de la Jeunesse, a Catholic youth group. Supposedly he was involved in its formation. By 1939 he was speaking to small gatherings sponsored by this group, which arranged free holidays for young people. In 1940 Plantard was writing directly to Marshall Pétain, leader of the Nazi Collaborationist government at Vichy, warning of a Masonic-Jewish plot. In 1941, French authorities denied Plantard his application to found an organization called "French National Renewal". According to a 1941 police report, (7) Plantard was unemployed and supported by his mother. They had lived together for fourteen years in two sublet rooms, which were former maids' quarters. But in 1942, Alpha Galates, an organization headed in name by Plantard and alleging a substantial membership, made its appearance, with its first issue of Vaincre, an ardently pro-Vichy periodical featuring articles by a number of prominent rightists on superficial esoteric, and extreme right-wing political themes. Illustrated and produced on good quality stock, it, too, was printed by Poirer Murat.Where did the money come from to fund all these activities?
Obviously it did not come from Plantard or his mother. By 1942, he was 22 and still unemployed. He had a minimum of formal education. Most of the police reports about his activities from this wartime period when political activity was investigated dismiss him as an eccentric. But a 1945 police report on Alpha Galates, provides an insight in its list of the officers theoretically serving with Plantard on its leadership committee. They were Jacques Theureau, Alpha Galates vice president, an actor living with his parents and one year younger than Plantard; Suzanne Libre, its secretary, two years younger than Plantard, and living with her parents while studying acting; and Jules Tisser, the Treasurer of Alpha Galates. He was 24 years older than Plantard, a childless WWI veteran employed as the chief accountant at a manufacturing firm." (8)
You can read the rest of the article from the website HERE for the rest of his musings on Plantard.
We English are missing out on so much good research - because of the language barrier and it is such a shame. So i have begun a page detailing any interesting research being discussed on the French forums. Full links and credits are given. You can access the first page HERE.
I must say that i learnt more here in a day working through this translation - than i have learnt from any English researchers in the last 6 months!!!! Why is that? Why are the Brits missing out :( I'm pretty sure that the French would be over-joyed that we look at the business of RLC as seriously as they do, and not the chaff that was Holy Blood Holy Grail!!! Hopefully they will forgive us for we know not what we do!
But we can learn - and i hope this up to date and relevant info. filters it's way back to us here.
On January 22, 1917, Bérenger Saunière died, and he was buried in the cemetery of Rennes, in a tomb in perpetuity. Marie Denarnaud remained in charge of the domain and was sole heir of the priest's estate. The years pass in silence. Marie Denarnaud continued living at Rennes-le-Château, condemned to be the guardian of domains that were impossible to maintain and as far as we know, she had already made some unsuccessful attempt to sell the lands that were impossible to maintain. Some letters were exchanged with abbé Grassaud in 1933, an intimate friend of Saunière, who encouraged her to sell the domains and even recommends a possible buyer. Meanwhile time is passing and the silence of these years is almost absolute. We only have some letters from Marie, such as the intention to sell the domains and some receipt of expenses and little else.
Then in 1936, out of nowhere, came Jean Girou. His book called " L'itenéraire en terre d'Aude," published in 1936, has a brief statement that for the first time introduces a certain mystery to this story:
"A la sortie de Couiza, un route monte vivement à gauche, c'est le chemin de Rennes-le-Château, sur l'arête du plateau, découpe a décor singulier: des maisons en ruine, a château féodal délabré, surplombent et confondent avec la falaise calcaire, puis des villas, des tours à véranda, neuves et modernes contrastent étrangement avec ces ruines: c'est la maison d'un curé qui aurait bâti cette demeure somptueuse avec l'argent d'un trésor trouvé , disent les paysans! "
"At the exit of Couiza, a road climbs sharply to the left, it is the road of Rennes-le-Chateau, on the edge of the plateau, a unique scenery is cut out: the houses in ruins, a ruinous feudal castle, merged with the limestone cliffs and villas, towers with viewpoints, the new and modern contrasts strangely with the ruins: this is the house of a priest who had built this sumptuous house with money from a found treasure , say the countrymen! [or the locals]".
This text raises several obvious questions, who were those countrymen who informed Jean Girou? Or had Denarnaud begun herself, to spread a different story, to cover up the traffic in masses? Who knows?
However, the 'countrymen' who may have told Girou might be closer to the story than we think.
French researcher léa rose posted on a French forum on 28 Oct 2017, 11:34 the following:
"I think that the mythology of Rennes started in the corridors of the Society of Arts and Sciences of Carcassonne under the presidency of R. Descadeillas in 1957. The beginnings of the history of RIC are in fact of local impregnation. René Nelli summarizes the state of mind of the learned Society of Arts when he said during a session of 1952: "The local history, the history of our city, that I think, our reason for being ". Before 1957, therefore, there is no reference on RIC, no study is attached to it within this society. From this date, several works referring to it will appear, in particular between 1957 and 1959. First of all with the article of René Descadeillas "The seigniory of Roquefeuil in the XVIIIth century" which speaks of the family Nègre / Hautpoul. Note also the publication of the works of Mr. J. Courtejaire, a resident member elected in 1958, entitled "Mgr. Charles de la Cropte Chanterac, last bishop of Alet" and "Echoes of the ceremonies of Sabadell". And finally, the arrival of Abbé Mazières in the ranks of the Society of the Arts, with the publication of his study "The coming and the stay of the Templars of Roussillon, at the end of the XIIIth century in the valley of Bézu".
We have an idea of the direction taken during the meeting of June 1, 1959 which is chaired by Father Mazières:
"Mr. President (Mr. Boyer) addresses his welcoming compliments to the Abbot Maurice-René Mazières, elected as a corresponding member: Mr. Abbot, I have the pleasant to welcome you as a correspondence member of a Company who is pleased to buy you a high-class researcher (sic) ... Fifteen years ago, dear friend, you are immersed in your attempt to reconstitute history, more precisely on this theme: Why did the Templars of Roussillon come, at the end of the 13th century, to Bézu, Val-Dieu, Coumesourde, Campagne? I also heard that, on their route, you made, in their company, a detour through Rennes-le-Château, so rich in stories and legends ... "
In 1964, the "old lady" lost control over her local history with the intervention of Mr. Razouls on the genealogy of the Merovingian kings during the session of October 12".
So from this Mazieres was interested in the Rennes Affair since at least 1946!
There is a further option. One of the researchers of the "first wave", Yves Maraval, was none other than the grandson of Marcien Fondi de Niort ... the friend of Monseigneur Paul Félix Beuvain of Beauséjour. Yves Marvel claimed to have a very important tenth century document which talked of a 'treasure' in the area .... his family got this from the papers of the de Negri family through marriage. His father, Joseph Maraval, was a member of SESA in 1924.
We know a little bit about Jean Girou. He was was a doctor of medicine, a writer, a local historian, a playwright. He practiced in Carcassonne as an Oto-Rhyno-laryngologist doctor. The passion that he discovered for the Aude, he cemented by a series of books and articles in which he sang the glory of the beautiful region. He was also a member of the Académie des Jeux Floraux, a member of the Toulouse Academy of Arts, and for our purposes here he was a member of the Society for Arts and Sciences of Carcassonne as well as the Society for Scientific Studies of the Aude; finally, laureate of the Institute.
We know the priests and their wider families held important places in the church and also as landowners in the area - and they all seemed to be associated with each other, or knew one another during critical events .. - all this was identified by Descadeillas. Along with this many of the excursionists of June 25 to Rennes-le-Château were from these same neighbouring villages. In addition to Auguste Fons of Rennes-le-Château, there was also Mr Deville, Mayor of Alet, Antoine Fages (who will return in 1908) and Elie Tisseyre d'Espéraza! And for these people the story of Rennes-le-Château, after Fédié's book on the Razès, may have a particular historical resonance.
So something which was mysterious and guarded closely by the priests and their families extended out to these local people who were all members of two important local archaeological societies. The main Society would be SESA - with the Maravel's being members with their knowledge in the 1920's [if not earlier], along with the local society members on the ground for local knowledge, Jean Girou as a member of SESA being privy to the gossip and therefore able to refer to it in a book he wrote in the 1930's, followed by Mazieres [who knew Cros] writing about the area as early as the 1940's, then Descedeillas and even Henri Montfried [from the research of Philemon, and detailed elsewhere on this site - Montfried was President of the Club of Researchers who came to RLC, and also had links with Cherisey] - it would thus appear that Corbu [on the scene in the 40's] and journalist Salamon [the 50's] and then Plantard [the late 50's, early 60's] were relatively latecomers to the whole party!
Let me state right now that I am not religious. I don't believe that the Bible or any other religious text is the 'gospel' truth. I accept the texts for what they are, tribal traditions from ancient times, written down by our ancestors as they made their way through life trying to make sense of the world around them and to understand it. I happen to think that there is some value in learning from their striving in this respect.
Being brought up in England means that my religious teaching and any interest i had in it revolved around Christianity. I realised that i could not believe that the protagonist of that religion was resurrected after three days of being clinically dead. Feeding me this fodder was insulting and i felt, like Dickens, that teaching this religious mumbo-jumbo was equal to Herod's 'massacre of the innocents'. That said, i still believed that getting at the truth about events that happened 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, reading the texts and ascertaining what really happened was important for our modern times today, mainly because atrocities are being committed in the name of this religion, and i may add, other religions today.
To that end i have always wondered what the big cover up was regarding the paternity of the historical Jesus in the Bible. What a farce it all is. Because obviously thats what it was, a huge cover up and Jesus was definitely not 'born of a Virgin'! If you don't believe in the Resurrection you certainly aren't going to believe the 'virgin birth'. This cover-up made me wonder if there really was something suspicious about who his real father was.
The there is the simple question; "Why did Jesus use the 'Son of God' title, during the time of the Romans, when the Roman Emperor used this exact same title alone". Jesus was reported to have used other titles which were reserved for Augustus only, so it was tantamount to treason for Jesus to lay claim to them! I had also wondered about the Hasmonean Jews .... Romanised & Greek - powerful and in place due to the Roman Emperors at the time of Jesus. Why did Herod the Great go all out to kill this Jesus when he was born? I wasn't quite sure why this continually bugged me ...
I was behaving like the famous Einstein quote. He said:" the important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing". I was curious about Jesus. I did keep questioning. What did go on with Jesus i asked myself? Who were these people two thousand years ago that still have such an impact on our society today? I took further metaphorical advice from Einstein. He said "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world". I was and have been doing that - keep questioning, use imagination, think outside of the box. To await that inspired leap in thought - the ones scientists make when they are trying to solve a problem and the 'answer just comes to them'. Like Newtons proverbial apple defining moment which gave him the inspired leap with a eureka moment about gravity! We've all heard the story. A young Isaac Newton is sitting beneath an apple tree contemplating the mysterious universe. ." - boink! - then an apple hits him on the head. Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground, thought he to himself..." "Aha!" he shouts, or perhaps, "Eureka!" In a flash he understands that the very same force that brought the apple crashing towards the ground also keeps the moon falling towards the Earth and the Earth fallings toward the sun: gravity.
I have not yet had a eureka moment regarding Jesus. An insight regarding his family, parents, his purpose in life. But it seems others may already have! I discovered that the poet Robert Graves had written a book called King Jesus. I had thought it a novel about the life of the biblical Jesus. And there had been lots of them! Graves' book was one of many in that genre i thought. But No!! The shocking idea in King Jesus was that '... Jesus [was] not ... the Son of God, but rather ... a philosopher with a legitimate claim to the Judaean throne through Herod the Great. It [the story] begins with the reign of Herod before Jesus is born and explains the dynastical, quasi-secular roots of Jesus both from his mother's and his father's side, establishing a temporal and historical right to the throne of Israel. The second part starts with the Nativity and Jesus's youth. Finally, the third part chronicles Jesus's work in adulthood as a prophet, his death on the cross, and his resurrection.
In a "Historical Commentary" published at the end of the book Robert Graves remarks, concerning the book's historical basis, "A detailed commentary written to justify the unorthodox views contained in this book would be two or three times as long as the book itself, and would take years to complete; I beg to be excused the task ...[but]...I undertake to my readers that every important element in my story is based on some tradition, however tenuous, and that I have taken more than ordinary pains to verify my historical background".
I wondered if his narrative story had been, for Graves, the best way to get a shocking idea across to a lazy public? Somehow that if you presented said ideas in a novel - the thought would be planted out there - in peoples' consciousness - without offending a whole religion and its acolytes. Did this make the ideas any less possible, because it wasn't written by a Professor in an academic Journal [i will add here that i have great respect for learned Professors]. But what of Grave's Historical Commentary? Wasn't he really saying in that commentary that he considered most of what he had written to be true? How could you test his ideas in the way that Newton could test his inspired leap about gravity?
Although Graves took ordinary pains to verify some history - it was left for someone else to pick up that mantle. That person was Joseph Raymond and what is more he had published his work. This book is called "Herodian Messiah: Case For Jesus As Grandson of Herod". The blurb is as follows:
"This work details the author's painstakingly collected evidence supporting a shocking theory, that Jesus was the grandson of both Herod the Great and the last Hasmonean king (Antigonus). The analysis begins with one loose thread in the official biography of Jesus Christ, the claim by the Sanhedrin that it lacked authority to execute him. Why didn't the Sanhedrin execute Jesus after convicting him of blasphemy? The same legal body executed Stephen and James the brother of Jesus for the same crime. During Roman times, the Sanhedrin lacked authority to execute only one class of Jew--Roman citizens. All descendants of Herod were Roman citizens. Two elements of proof for the theory are the ancestor list found in Luke, Ch. 3 (it appears to contain the names of Hasmonean kings) and Jesus' denial that he is a son of David. See Matthew 22:41-45, Mark 12:35-37 and Luke 20:41-44".
The length and depth of analysis Raymond went to is admirable.
So i reiterated all these ideas in my mind. Jesus somehow related to the Romans? I had only heard of the Jewish assertion about the mother of Jesus having an adulterous affair with a Roman soldier. This claim is based on the work of the ancient Greek philosopher Celsus, who, according to the Christian writer Origen in his Contra Celsum ("Against Celsus"), was the author of a work titled 'The True Word'. Celsus' work is lost, but in Origen's account of it Jesus was depicted as the result of an affair between his mother Mary and a Roman soldier. He said she was "convicted of adultery and had a child by a certain soldier named Pantera". Tiberius Pantera could have been serving in the region at the time of Jesus's conception. Both the ancient Talmud and medieval Jewish writings and sayings reinforced this notion, referring to Jesus as "Yeshu ben Pantera" (Jesus, son of Pantera).
Others have discussed various scenarios that involve the Romans in the Christian story.
At a website [see HERE] is the following:
"Robert Eisenman in his paper ‘Paul as Herodian’, which he wrote 11 years ago, and which is available in his book,The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians: Essays and Translations, and also online here, proposes that Paulus aka Saulus is the same person as the Saulus found in Josephus. He supports this with a close reading of the Pauline epistles where there are a surprising number of quick references that Paul knew and was related to members of the Herodian clan, the Jewish royal family who of course were not Judeans but Edomites. Edomites had been incorporated into Judea by the expansions of the Maccabees. Therefore an Edomite clan was as legitimate a ruling dynasty in Judea as the Scottish Stuarts were as rulers of England. Were they Jews? You can argue it both ways. Certainly Herod the so-called Great was insecure about his Jewishness, which explains his rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, his destruction of the genealogy scrolls of the old Jerusalem families, and his marrying into the Maccabean clan which was by then a decadent dynasty and after Herod had finished marrying and executing them, there were almost none left. There have been proposals from different writers that Herodians were involved in writing the various New Testament books – I will return to these proposals in later postings. However for the purpose of this posting I am provisionally assuming that both Jesus and Paul were historical. Of course the Herodians were client kings reigning at the will of Rome. The Jewish view of their legitimacy and the Roman view of it were quite different. In one way and another the clan managed to stay on one throne or another until the Roman-Jewish war that terminated Nero’s reign in Rome.
Robert Eisenman provides a genealogical chart of the Herodians at the end of his James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here is the important part that shows the ancestry of Saulus. Salome was the sister of Herod called the ‘Great’. With one of her husbands, Costobarus, she had a son Antipater (there are other Antipaters in the Herodian clan so we must be careful), and the second son to this Antipator was Saulus. So Saulus is a great-nephew to Herod called the ‘Great’. The Herodians were Roman citizens, and Saulus being one of them, the mystery of his Roman citizenship as used in Acts 22:25-29 is cleared up".
So back to the father of Jesus. Here we turn to Robert Graves. In his King Jesus, 1946 and his Nazarene Gospel Restored, 1954, he proposes the following using the Jesus story in John’s gospel (18:29-38): Pilate grants a private audience to Jesus, which he would have done only for a Roman citizen. Pilate decides that Jesus is indeed king of the Jews. For a Roman like Pilate, this must mean that Jesus is king as per Roman law. Now Augustus had recognized Herod’s will nominating his son by Doris, Antipater, as his heir. If Jesus had explained that his father was Antipater secretly married to Mariam, and that his mother had remarried after Herod had changed his mind and but Antipater to death, then Pilate would indeed see Jesus as the rightful king of the Jews.
Here is the genealogical chart for Herod-Antipator-Jesus & Saul.
Herod and Salome are siblings; Antipater and Antipater are cousins; Yeshua/Jesus and Saulus/Paulus are second cousins. If we return to Luke’s Jesus Story (but not Marcion’s ), we are told that Miriamne (Mary) and Elisheba (Elizabeth) are cousins, and therefore Yohanon the Baptist and Yeshua are second cousins. Yohanon the Baptist to Yeshua to Saulus. John the Baptist to Jesus to Paul. Second cousin to second cousin to second cousin. Yohanon is not a descendant of Herod called the Great, but Yeshua and Saulus are. Desposynoi – the family of the lord, the family of the great despot, Herod!! [https://markandmore.wordpress.com/2007/06/12/desposynoi-part-2/]"
Others have said that Jesus, in Roman eyes at the time, when he said i am the 'Son of God', only one person would have been recognised as such [the son of god] and that was the son of Antipater. They say that his mother Mary, according to early church tradition, was raised by the Temple high priest's in Jerusalem. Just as the wife of Antipater was!
Another interesting fact for me is that this family of Herod the Great had a lot of dealings with Pompey, Ceasar and Mark Anthony. [i found this interesting in respect of an article i have just written for the Rhedesium magazine [due December].
So i will read with interest Herodian Messiah - written by Joseph Raymond, who himself was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family in St. Louis, USA and educated in Catholic schools. He received degrees from two Jesuit universities graduating law school in 1986. Thereafter, he served as a Department of Justice lawyer in Washington, DC but later left the practice of law to found an internet company. In 1988, he began a spiritual journey of study and reflection largely focused upon the origins of Christianity.
He sound like an interesting guy himself!
As you know i follow the research of our fellow French researchers ... and why not, we surely can learn such a lot from them... and sure enough there are lots of snippets to pick up on.
A member of this French forum HERE by the name of lea rose posted on 12 Nov 2017, @ 14:56 the following;
"In "The seigniory of Roquefeuil in the eighteenth century", R. Descadeillas tells us:
"As for the farm of Aulis, except for the sale, it was sold two years later (1756) with the land of Niort to François-Dominique Fonds who did not keep it ... However, it is good to know that the titles and papers of the family of Nègri d'Ables - who certainly formed from the end of the 16th century to the death of François de Montroux the most important house of the country of Sault - titles and papers come to the chateau of Rennes with Marie de Nègri d'Ables, [&] returned to the chateau Niort in 1756 and have since been in the hands of the Fondi, who added them to their own archives ". (Memoirs of the Society of Arts and Sciences of Carcassonne, 1960-1961-1962)
I will digress by sharing a crisp anecdote about the Fondi de Niort, not unrelated to Marie de Nègre.
On December 8, 1889 [there] appears in the newspaper "Rappel de l'Aude" a small article reporting the results of elections entitled "beginning of purification" from a correspondent of Belcaire:
"Immediately, Mr. Fondi de Niort sent a letter to the newspaper "Reminder of the Aude" published December 12, 1889, to challenge the history of the false coat of arms of his family. There follows several exchanges in the following days (December 14th and 18th) in the newspaper between the correspondent of Belcaire which challenges the noble titles of the family of Fondi following their purchase of goods to Marie de Nègre in 1756 and Mr Fondi de Niort himself. To close the debate, the newspaper does not hesitate to investigate the issue and makes its conclusions in an article of December 25, 1889:
"In the month of March, 1757, François Dominique Fonds, in possession of the property of the Negre's and the Aniort, thought he could claim the seigniorial privileges formerly enjoyed by these two families in the country of Sault. Moreover, these privileges did not exist for the Negre family, since the Negre's had only exercised the functions of bailiff. As for the Aniort, towards the middle of the XIIIth century, the king of France removed the seigniorial privileges (sic) to them ... From this time , François Dominique Fonds is designated in the public acts under the name of seignior lord of Niort, co-seigneur of Mérial and lord and righter of wrongs to the place of Niort."
And finally to conclude: "It is not surprising that the works of D'Hozier, much more serious than Mr. Fondi de Niort wants to admit, does not speak of his family since it was written from 1595 to 1704 and that at that time, the Fondi de Niort did not exist ... "
For the whole article, I put you the link hoping that it works: HERE
This was followed by an intervention of Aronnax »12 Nov 2017, 15:36;
"Léa - However, it is good to know that the titles and papers of the family of Nègri d'Ables, titles and papers come to the castle of Rennes with Marie de Nègri d'Ables, returned to the castle of Niort in 1756 and are since then in the hands of the Fondi, who added them to their own archives ".
Interesting to note, indeed, because one of the researchers of the "first hour", Yves Maraval, was none other than the grandson of Marcien Fondi de Niort ... the friend of Monseigneur Paul Félix Beuvain of Beauséjour .
Yves Maraval seemed to be in possession of a "Templar Manuscript" of the first importance in the context of our affair ... info or intox ???
His father, Joseph Maraval, was a member of SESA in 1924.
Hereinafter, the article of "L'Express du Midi" dated January 6, 1918 relating to the funeral of Marcien Fondi de Niort.
Interesting to note, indeed, because one of the first ever researchers, Yves Maraval, was none other than the grandson of Marcien Fondi de Niort ... the friend also of Monseigneur Paul Félix Beuvain of Beauséjour .
Yves Maraval seemed to be in possession of a "Templar Manuscript" of the first importance in the context of our affair ... info or intox ???
His father, Joseph Maraval, was a member of SESA in 1924.
Hereinafter, the article of "L'Express du Midi" dated January 6, 1918 relating to the funeral of Marcien Fondi de Niort.
Aronnax continued on 13 Nov 2017, 13:30 with the following;
"...the struggle was hard between secular Republicans and ultra-Catholic Royalist supporters. The Count of Chambord had died in 1883, but his followers did not give up. What is interesting to note is that a few years later, while the clash between the two sides were still very strong at the national level, especially with the policy of the "petit père Combes," it was not necessarily the same at the local level. Here is a page from the "Tout Toulouse 1909" - a trade show directory.
This worldly directory, intended for the "beautiful world" and t's listings normally, had personalities rather in sympathy with the royalist and Catholic movement and it does not hesitate to include, in concert:
- Marcien Fondi de Niort ... ultra royalist, close friend of Mgr de Beauséjour and local leader of Action Française.
- Deodat Roché ... Freemason of the Grand Orient and member of the Gnostic Church of Jules Doinel.
- Etienne Dujardin-Beaumetz ... Radical, Freemason of the GODF.
These three men seemed to frequent the same "world". Perhaps, with hindsight, we could consider that Dujardin-Beaumetz's friendship with Father Saunière was not only a matter of "beautiful history". Marcien Fondi de Niort regularly claimed money from Bérenger Saunière and Paul Roché, the notary, knew the abbe inevitably.
You can find this exchange on the Forum HERE.
I have mentioned elsewhere on this site about Yves Marvel and this 10th century document he is reported to have from the de Negre archives [see HERE].
These interesting exchanges on the French forum took place in the context of many other interesting snippets. The reason i picked up on this was because i think we sometimes forget how small the community would have been down at Rennes-le-Chateau, and especially so in the tiny rural villages of the valley of the Sals. It is like English rural villages, everybody knows everybody's business and gossip. It seems obvious, does it not, that persons who held the same views and causes, would seek out each other to exchange ideas?
Not only that, i have recently read that Dr Courrent - better known as the amateur archaeologist who bemoaned the fact that the owner of Maison Chalaleu at Rennes-les-Bains, was the doctor that attended Sauniere in the days of his illness which ended with his death.
Dr Current seemed obsessed with Maison Chalaleu - this house was at the centre of much mystery and intrigue and was where a statue of Venus was found with abbe Boudet looking on. The owner of the house was allegedly a Boudet relative, and he obstructed the archaeologists - who wanted to excavate the foundations of that house to find the rest of a huge statue!
This illustrates the kind of incestuous small community there was at the time of Sauniere! Everyone knew everyone, groups carried the same ideas and strived for the same thing. And in the background were the reports of archaeological treasures being found, dare i say looted, by all these same individuals.
On April 23, in the first round of the presidential election, a woman entered the church of Rennes-le-Château to decapitate the statue of the devil. She was yesterday in the Criminal Court of Carcassonne. The verdict will be on November 24th.
"It seems that my act has awakened the legend of Rennes-le-Château ..."
A renewed interest in the town probably would have gone, like the 772€ costs necessary to restore the two statues and the bas-relief of the altar of the church Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, also vandalised on April 23rd.
After a dismissal on September 8, it is for the "degradation of a building assigned to worship" that a 37-year-old woman, originally from Quillan and now living in Lavelanet, Ariège, appeared yesterday at the bar of the Criminal Court of Carcassonne.
An extraordinary trial, started by a challenging of her lawyer by the defendant, who then began initiating a - long - explanation of her action. Sayings where esotericism, theology and geopolitics mingled, in total confusion and sometimes ... quite disturbing.
"Show the destruction of evil incarnate"
On the day of the first round of presidential elections, the one who imagines today to be perceived by all as "the torturer of the devil" enters the church, deposits a copy of the Koran on the ground and decapitates the statue of the demon Asmodeus as well as that of Mary Magdalene, using an ax. Dressed in white, her face hidden under a Venetian mask, she committed this "premeditated and thoughtful act for a symbolic purpose and to make a publicity stunt for a book I have been working on for 25 years".
A book that will also claim her to be the former companion of "Sabri Essid, the half-brother of Mohamed Merah" presents as "a work of theological correlation between the three holy books".
A "symbolic" act - this beheading was "to show the destruction of evil incarnate", but also following "to see the beheadings abroad, made by the Saudis or people like the father of my son".A long litany and illuminated wanderings that will last throughout the hearing, recounted in a calm and calm way, where one can not share the truth and falsity between these trips to Medina or Mecca.
From the president of the court to the public prosecutor's office, who emphasises these "wacky explanations", the psychiatric report gathered when she was placed in Limoux after the incident is highlighted as "an attack by a paranoid personality". For her part, the council of the municipality, civil party, Me Hichem Laredj, is incredulous: "You are a smart woman ... I do not understand how one passes from the secretariat of a law firm to these facts. In a particular context, a few months after Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, there were other ways to promote your book. Your cause is not good and I think you need care. "
In his submissions, the prosecutor of the Republic, Eric Lapeyre put forward "a dangerous aspect and always present at home, which makes fear a reiteration", before requiring 6 months of imprisonment entirely with the stay and obligation to care. For her own defense, the defendant has stuck to a statement: "Today, I officially wish to reject French nationality to apply for Palestinian nationality". As for the damage caused: "I will not even pay a symbolic euro for this statue". The decision was reserved on November 24.
Article is by Benjamin Seyer - from the Dépêche du Midi of October 28, 2017 - to read the original see HERE
After seven years i have decided to update my website to make it a little more modern and slicker. I have started some pages but please bear with me as i work through the whole site as it has grown to be quite huge now!
HERE will be various chat room connections to discuss any specific news or other events happening in relation to Rennes-le-Chateau/Rennes-les-Bains. I hope also to include any TV broadcasts by French researchers and colleagues, especially Johan Netchacovitch @ http://www.portail-rennes-le-chateau.com/gazette/. Also some podcasts to listen to.
Announcements will be made HERE for any chat room events.
In 2004, Les Belles Lettres publishes a detective novel entitled L'élu du serpent rouge, by Jean-Paul Bourre. The main character is "The President" - François Mitterrand struggling against the evil that surrounds him - Around him, discreet societies lead a struggle behind the scenes of power hoping to seize a strange secret.
The elected Red Serpent is divided into 65 chapters. The first part takes place in Paris in the 5th arrondissement. During a dinner at Opus Dei, Abbot Maxent of the Saint-Médard church presents to the guests of the Archivist of the Order, Fr. Gillis, his last discovery of bibliophile: a small book of 20 pages entitled The Red Serpent (1). It is a history of the Bièvre. The archivist persuades him to sell it to him for a modest sum and in exchange for a set of photocopies of the manuscript. This text is in fact coded, revealing a mysterious remedy from the old city of Mérowé (2).
Continue reading HERE.
Lesson Plan Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent (English Edition)
The Holy Blood, Holy Grail lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles. Inside you'll find 30 Daily Lessons, 20 Fun Activities, 180 Multiple Choice Questions, 60 Short Essay Questions, 20 Essay Questions, Quizzes/Homework Assignments, Tests, and more. The lessons and activities will help students gain an intimate understanding of the text; while the tests and quizzes will help you evaluate how well the students have grasped the material.
Like most catholic kids the first time I’ve heard of Mary Magdalena was in catechism, I mean the Mary Magdalene of the New Testament, not the amazingly cute daughter of one of Dad’s best friend who was given that name at birth. I did not really know why she had an deep impact on me. I knew why the second one had it. But that was more of a hormonal thingy, the first one was on a deeper level which even today I cannot explain.
Taking about her brought out a feeling I could not describe to anyone, the least to our priest who was a very understanding man. Few years after finishing catechism I found myself going home from swimming practice a winter night. We had to go to another town who had a indoor pool because there wasn’t any in our town. Somehow, on the way back in the bus with a friend we started talking about Yesuah ben Joseph although at the time we would call him by his Greek name Jesus Christ because it was the only name we knew him by. J.P and I talked about his deity, how could he had been a man and god at the same time. We questioned also his manhood, being born of a Virgin. We talked about the Cana wedding.
At one point we got out of the bus, about half mile from J.P’s home. It was freezing maybe 15 or 20 degrees at most. But we walked very slow, we would have wanted that moment to slow down we wouldn’t not have walked slower. We weren’t particularly close friends although we were in the same classes, we did catechism together but that evening, when we started talking about Mary Magdalene something happen, at least to me. I recall talking about the wedding as Yesuah’s own. I think it was at this time the manhood question popped up. I stayed few minutes at J.P’s door then walk home, just as slowly as before even though I was alone.
The thoughts of her didn’t leave me until I got home, when mom yelled at me asking me where I was. She hit me in face before I had a chance to tell her I was a swimming practice like every Wednesday. She had a very special way of slapping kids. She would turn the stone of her ring inside with her thumb right before doing so. Actually I had noticed for a while how she would practice that move when she was talking to people. It was in unconscious move on her part and I’m sure she never realized it herself but one thing for sure, she was real good at it and could do it in a split second. I did tell were I was after being hit but she didn’t apologize. She never did for anything.
In Piennes good books were difficult to find. After that evening I did try to find something to read about her but couldn’t. At our local library there was nothing of sort. Outside books glorifying the valiant Soviet soldiers who save France (sic) (no kidding even today 50 years later, many people of Piennes are saying brave Joseph Stalin and his red army saved France). Then time passed, my hormones were kicking a lot harder and I got more interested in living girls than a long gone one.
I have to say very little was known about Mary Magdalene except in Southern France were she allegedly died. Outside the fact she had seven demons cast out of her, the New Testament didn’t tell us anything. Until Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln published the book that made them famous: Holy Blood Holy Grail, she was part of the great unknown by the greatest part of the population. Then of course Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince wrote their book : Templar Revelation and finally Dan Brown who cashed in on both book with his Da Vinci Code.
Often picture with very long red hair, she is one of the most controversial figure of the New Testament, the most controversial being of course John the Baptizer.
In France in the late 60’s and early 70’s a new generation of authors started popping out with something new for the country: Conspiracy theories. Gerard de Sede’s “Les Templiers sont parmi nous” (Templars are among us), Louis Charpentier’s “Les Mysteres Templiers” Robert Charroux’s who spent some times in Rennes le Chateau in mid 50’s were the first. They were fairly hard to come by. No Abebooks.com, no Biblio.com, no amazon or barnes and nobles nor Alibris. In fact no internet. Even to order a book by mail would require to purchase a money order at the Post Office, mail it and wait for the mailman to pick up the package without being seen by mother for fear of retaliation for wasting money she could have use to buy some tupperware. In the end none of those authors mentioned Mary Magdalene. They were for the most part fervent Christian for the exception of De Sede who was a trostkyist, and perhaps they didn’t want to deal with their dogma.
To be continued...
Reposted from HERE
A new video posted on Facebook for the latest solution to the mystery ... a veritable who's who of French researchers : ) I particularly like the graphics here ...
Jean Claude Blanchefort writes: "In 1148, the new " order of the poor knights of the temple of Solomon ", formed less than twenty years ago, acquire the " Fort de campanhã "... " campanea "... campaigne... (today Campagne-sur- Aude).
[In French: En 1148 le nouvel « Ordre des pauvres chevaliers du Temple de Salomon », né moins de vingt ans auparavant, acquiert de plein droit le « Fort de Campanha »… »Campanea »… Campaigne… (aujourd’hui Campagne sur Aude)].
George Kiss [a recognised local expert on the Templars in the region] wrote:
"Sur cet authentique document, à la dixième ligne depuis le bas, on peut lire -.per .III. milia solidos ugonenses. C'est le prix que les Templiers ont payé pour racheter le Domaine de Campagne, à la suite du "don"* de Roger de Carcassonne. Ce parchemin que Jean Claude nous présente est parfaitement authentique. C'est l'acte de propriété. Il à servi contre les prétentions des seigneurs du Bézu, devant les juges au tribunal. (La référence du parchemin : Archives Départementales de la Haute-Garonne, fonds Malte.)
On this authentic document, at the tenth line from the bottom, you can read -. per. III. Milia Sólidos Ugonenses. This is the price the templiers paid to buy back the domaine of Campagne, following the "Don" of Roger de carcassonne. This parchment that Jean Claude presents is perfectly authentic. It's the deed. It served against the claims of the lords of bézu, before the judges in court. (the reference to the scroll: Departmental Archives of Haute-Garonne, Malta fund. )
You can see the Facebook exchange here and the article: HERE
While writing an article for the latest Rhedesium magazine i decided to tackle that ever thorny issue of mass trafficking by Abbé Saunière. I have been given permission [many years ago now] to translate the seminal work by Mariano Tomatis regarding the history of our Abbé. The section on trafficking opens with this paragraph:
"In addition to the state-earned salary, priests had two other sources of earnings: the demand of gifts or donations from the faithful and the sale of masses. The latter could not be offered directly to the parishioners, but they had to be sent to the Bishop's Secretary, who then shared them equally among the priests of the local area. This was the instructions given to priests by Bishop Billard in 1886:
"Ladies and gentlemen, those who ask for bids, and other priests in the diocese who cannot celebrate all their requests in due time, are invited to submit these intentions, together with their honoraries, to the Secretary of the Bishop, who will have the task of distributing them to the priests of the diocese who do not have them (1).
Saunière, however, did not like the criteria followed by the secretariat to distribute requests; believing that the secretary favoured some priests to the detriment of others, and so the other priests decide to organise themselves".
In a questionnaire that he will send to his lawyer in 1910, Saunière tells that when he arrived at Rennes there was a great deal of shortage of mass requests, and he addressed the bishopric secretary together with other parish priests of the area: "These gentlemen, having met our requests two or three times, began to kindly leave us, telling us that they did not have them anymore [Masses]. Even after a few subsequent requests we did not get anything. The secretariat had no longer made masses for us. Actually, we knew it .... But the honours of those orders were not destined for us, the poorly cared for in the countryside. Tired of insisting, we began to turn to some religious communities & some charitable priest had given us the addresses, and in fact the fees of the messes were not too late and arrived in large numbers "(2).
Has anyone floated the idea that Abbé Saunière - as evidenced by his own letter - was at least trafficking for some masses as a direct result against the actions of the Bishop's Secretary? Abbé Saunière
quite clearly did not like how Billard's secretary divided out mass requests. He also obviously believed that the Secretary to Billard favoured other priests before him and other country priests. This obviously annoyed Abbé Saunière greatly, and he decided to do something about it! And what did he do? He tells you in his letter - 'we began to turn to some religious communities - the fees [for] masses arrived in large numbers'.
But hang on, who is this 'WE'? It quite clearly would be other priests. Other priests in the area were disgusted with what was happening and decided to take on the unfair Bishopric [unfair at least int heir eyes] - and it seems our Abbé Saunière was the front man.
But it may go deeper than that too.
If you see HERE I had obtained a direct translation of that strange announcement put up via the Bishopric Announcements - "Notice concerning Mr Abbé Saunière, former parish priest of Rennes-le Château". Not only had i read elsewhere that Saunière claimed the 'advert' the Bishopric was referring to was fake, but i also thought the paragraph added to the Notice by some newspapers was quite odd. It was entitled « Save the tillbox !»
The writer of this 'add-on' went on to say:
"Abbé Saunière is spoiling the trade by underselling masses, and now - for unlawful trade practices – he sees himself boycotted by the prayer merchants’ union of his département.
Evangelical times are long gone!"
Abbé Saunière saw unfair practices in the Bishops office via his Secretary and decided that if he [along with other priests] were going to be summarily ignored for masses, then it is quite clear that THIS is the reason why Saunière began to traffic. What is also clear from the advert is that Saunière was 'underselling masses'. This mean nothing more or less that he was doing a better job of selling masses than the racket going on higher up in his ecclesiastical pecking order! And what is more, everyone knew it!
The last comment - "Evangelical times are long gone", suggests that when evangelical means zealous in advocating or supporting a particular cause - Saunière became overzealous in his 'cause' and found himself some kind of scapegoat.
The whole thing seems a complicated mess and is not as clear cut a subject as it sometimes presented as.
A new project has been announced via my friend Johan's site [see HERE] - but let s read the words of it's creator;
"Philippe BRUNEL's "Abbe, the Devil and the Researchers" is a documentary series composed of 10 to 15 minutes. 7 episodes are planned, & they will constitute the season 1. A season 2 is envisaged. The first series will be in the form of DVDs through a participative project. Monsieur BRUNEL says;
"Concerning the series, it is at the same time a survey of meetings, to approach the mysteries of the Razès and the account of the affair of Rennes-le-Château as the seekers discovered it between 1950 and today.
It is a documentary intended for the general public because it takes the basics and makes it possible [for people] to situate the business with precision, but it is also a film object intended for the community of researchers and enthusiasts of Rennes-le -Château with many unusual elements.
By this I mean that we will find unpublished testimonies and stories, some secretly guarded information a bit of unexplained paranormal phenomena, a bit of trafficking in false historical documents ... But above all, to understand the evolution of the case of Rennes-le-Château, we will have to go back in time and explore its mythology: to traverse all the beliefs (founded or not) related to the business and its essential elements (the tomb of the Pontils, the stone of Coumesourde, Le Serpent Rouge, Et in Arcadia ego, etc.). Of course, for five years, I tried to gather the facts thanks to the many books on the subject. A book like the ABC of RLC was indispensable in this approach but some very sharp authors, like Christian Doumergue, were of great help to me to find myself in this jungle of information. Then came the time of the shoot ...
My approach was as follows: I tried to get rid of all the preconceived ideas, all the a priori, all the cliches and went to meet as many researchers as possible (20 people at the moment) to listen to them and, of course, capture their testimonies and speeches. Sometimes they showed us unpublished objects, photos or rare documents. Of course, I remained very careful not to fall into the trap of the forgeries of the case.
Today, there are still many researchers who interest me and have not yet filmed. Some hold what I consider to be small [revelations] for our subject. I would like to put a spotlight on these elements that are still too little known but very relevant.
But why an umpteenth documentary, you say? Most of the documentaries on the case (except for that of Georges Combes) ended where I would have liked them to begin. For example, the case of Plantard / De Sède deserves a serious study, the multiple sources of funding of the Abbe Saunière is also rarely spoken of, also Robert Charroux ... Moreover, this project allows me to safeguard the memory of the oldest, & to record their remarks without distortion, to keep their testimonies (and why not, to make them available to the public when the time comes)".
I for one am looking forward to this great initiative!
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. Kris Marquis reports that members or i should say representatives of the Prieure de Sion Rose Croix Veritas were at Rennes-le-Chateau today to make a donation - for the restoration of the Devil statue recently smashed up by a visitor to the church. This is very generous.
But, who or what is the Prieure de Sion Rose Croix Veritas? Who are these people representing? Is it presumably a group in continuance from Plantard and Cherisey? Or did that Priory die with them? Is this a new one? How legitimate are they, if that is such a word to use to refer to a 'secret society'? In the past I never thought the Priory were so accessible! One wonders what they are trying to do etc.
Anyway this was all reported by Kris Darquis - i include some photos below .... many thanks to Kris for the information.
Another interesting post by Michel Vallet is the following:
"During the years 1965 and 1966, Pierre Plantard and Philippe de Cherisey produced half a dozen printed publications, relating to Rennes-le-Château and its mysteries, real or supposed. They were all deposited in the National Library. Among them was a booklet entitled: The Merovingian Descendants or the Enigma of the Visigothic Razes , attributed to a certain Madeleine Blancasall. In this name of pure fiction, the three natural resources of Rennes-les-Bains will be recognized: the Blanque and the Sals, two rivers that meet in the south ... as well as the source of the Madeleine, visible from the road to Bugarach.
The publication I have just quoted claims to be an internal brochure of the Swiss Alpina Association, with its headquarters in Geneva. Of course, in hindsight, we know that it is agreed that one is not to believe the writer on this assertion.
What is this Swiss association Alpina?
In fact, this qualification as a Swiss association is superfluous: it is de facto! It is in fact a Lodge of Masonic obedience exclusively Swiss, which was founded in 1844 ..... The professor of history Jean-Jacques Hottinger of Zürich was the first Grand Master.
Perhaps more than philosophical debates, the Grande Lodge Alpina has long preferred action on the ground. The list of charitable, philanthropic, or merely humanitarian initiatives that it has aroused in the Masonic societies where its influence could be exercised is long.
Note that the Alpina has never been anticlerical. Conciliation has always been a must. Perpetuating itself, the Grand Lodge Alpina is currently based in Bern, at 40 Jupiterstrasse.
Several times questioned about this brochure of Blancasall, the Swiss Grand Lodge has always denied being at the origin, in any form whatsoever.
Michel Vallet, aka Pierre Jarnac, that veteran RLC researcher has an interesting snippet on his website [see HERE]. Here it is in translation, entitled 'Before Abbe Sauniere..'.
"René Descadeillas, referring to the many legends of Rennes-le-Château, admits that the most famous and the most popular, is that of golden heaps [of treasure] once buried in the vicinity at Rennes-le-Château, & also in Rennes-les-Bains. This legend defies time, he adds.
Among these "legends," of which the former Conservative alludes, we have enumerated some of them:
In December 1340, two monks of the abbey of Boulbonne were considered to have discovered a treasure buried in a mountain, near Limoux, using magic. The culprits denied and were tried, found guilty & were condemned to the "Mur perpetual". In July 1374, a deposition made before a notary in Perpignan testifies that a considerable treasure, was transferred, & rests in a place close to a summit known as Roc de l'Aigle. This document, in Latin, is complete with a geometric figure and ends with the utterance of a curse for those who would try to seize, without right, this deposit.
In August, 1384, a petition was deposited by a prince from the East [a prince from the Orient], concerning a treasure hidden in the hollows of a mountain, in the province of Guyenne, of which he was aware. He willingly renounced gold, silver and other jewels, which legitimately returned to the King of France, to claim only two barrels of balm deposited in this place.
In 1541, Paracelsus, German hermeticist, left a spiritual testament in which he revealed the existence of three secret treasures, one located between France and Spain, and designated as very large and very powerful.
In 1555, in his Centuries , Nostramadus reports the existence of a treasure buried beneath the rock chain of Guien. It also recalls the risks incurred by those who would attempt to bring it to light.
In 1611, Louis XIII gave a mission to Jean Vauquelin des Yvetaux, lieutenant-general in the Languedoc, to render impracticable a series of galleries and subterranean passages in the region of Rennes.
In October 1661, Jean de Loret, poet and writer, evokes, in his Burlesque Gazette, the partial discovery of a treasure in the diocese of Alet. Blaise d'Hautpoul, Lord of Rennes and Bishop Nicolas Pavillon, disputed ownership of the discovery.
Finally, a little before the Revolution, on the basis of a testimony that the "Devil counted his gold coins on the mountain of Blanchefort, the peasants of Montferrand summoned a sorcerer to dispute this magot? to the Malin. The affair and the Marquis de Fleury, the landowner, was about to sue them for raiding land on his conquered territories.
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.