Noël Corbu was born in Paris in April 1912. His father, a cavalry officer, distinguished himself as the head of the El’Rarb mission, during the peacemaking process in Morocco. He instilled into him a solid education. In 1927, Noël was afflicted by the tragic passing of his older brother, Pierre Charles Corbu, who was an aviation pioneer, who died during some flight trials at Le Bourget. A former student of the famous organ player Marcel Dupré, Noël Corbu shows a great interest in orchestra music and literature, as well as sciences. His favorite hobbies are writing novels, scenarios and songs. Prolific with ideas, he becomes an entrepreneur, but his adventurous mind fails him when he tries to create an enterprise in Morocco. He inherits the domain of l’abbé Saunière from Marie Dénarnaud, after falling in love with Rennes-le-Château, where he used to go with his family on the weekend. In 1955 he transforms the domain into a hôtel-restaurant, named “La Tour” (the tower). Then his imagination and romantic mind starts taking hold of the fascinating life of the priest from Rennes-le-Château. The story he likes to tell his visitors, about the “priest with billions,” has been the starting point of Bérenger Saunière’s celebrity. He dies in a car accident on May 13th 1968, and from there on, his name has remained associated with the legend of Renne-le-Château, which he had started writing about. It is in 1943 that his only novel “le Mort Cambrioleur” is published. One could recognize in this thriller, where the ending might surprise the reader, the muffled atmosphere found in the works of Agatha Christie and the suspense of a Gaston Leroux.
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.