As a follow up from this blog entry here: http://www.rhedesium.com/1/post/2013/01/pierre-plantard-intelligence-officer.html i contacted John Newton & Son of London (Notaries and Solicitors) with the following email:
I am a researcher carrying out some research into alleged notarised documents created around 1958.
The exact information i have is as follows:
"A book published in 1983 by a Louis Vazart reproduced two supposed fake "notarised documents" allegedly dating from October 1955 naming Captain Ronald Stansmore Nutting (altered from Captain Ronald Stansmore), Major Hugh Murchison Clowes and the Right Honourable Viscount Leathers as the legal owners of the parchments discovered by Saunière "whose value cannot be estimated", and requesting the parchments - to be removed from France. The Notary Public was named as Maître Patrick Francis Jourdan Freeman.
Another "notarised document" that was later reproduced gave the caption "after a photograph.......taken in London in 1958", naming only Captain R.S. Nutting as the owner of the "parchments". The firm of solicitors was given as John Newton & Sons, London".
Could you please confirm if these events as pertaining to John Newton and Son's is correct? Are you at all able to elaborate on any of these activities?
I very much appreciate your assistance in this matter"
On Monday, 29 April 2013, 13:36 i received the following reply:
"I can confirm that this was the firm named but that Patrick passed away in 1998. Given that a) the records belonged to Patrick and b) it was nearly 65 years ago and c) I wasn’t even born at the time never mind practising!! we have regretfully no records and have no testimony available to give you…
I’m sorry we cannot be of any assistance in this respect
(current proprietor John Newton & Sons)
I should add that this is and in my understanding was a firm of notaries not solicitors"
More than 50 members gathered for the Annual General Meeting of the French group Terre de Rhedae. The session began with the presentation the Journal "Les Cahiers de Tierra
Rhedae" 2012, by President Christian Doumergue. Other presentation's were by Jerome Choloux on the 33 postcards of Saunière, the spiritual foundations of the myth of Rennes-le-Château by Christian Doumergue and the prowess of an abbe cartographer by Thierry Espalion, also the myth of January 17.
Two very interesting initiatives were also to take shape in the coming weeks. Firstly a summer exhibition called "Pierre Plantard, the Priory of Sion and the myth of Rennes-le-Château" which is to be held in the "Jardin de Marie" of RLC as well as "L'Hostellerie" of Rennes-les- Bains - where information panels will be presented. Secondly a photo contest will be initiated on the theme of "In hoc signo vinces." Jean Brunelin and Jean-Louis Socquet-Juglard will be part of the judging panel. Information on these two events will be online soon. Two conferences will also be held at "Jardin de Marie" in July and August. One will be devoted to the Priory of Sion, the other an awards ceremony in relation to the pictures contest in photography in the case of RLC.
Four posts were to be filled or renewed. The four candidates were elected: Laurence Buttegeg, Claude Jourdan, Gérard Thome & Christian Doumergue.
The second part of the Meeting was devoted to a communication from the President on the "spiritual foundations of the myth of RLC from Pierre Plantard." The goal was to understand the founder of the PS through his writings since the 40s. Good knowledge of the subject, references and citations explained, the speaker was equal to himself in this presentation quality. This quote sums up its content: "Everything for Plantard had a symbolic value." Remember that Christian Doumergue and Thierry E Garnier published "The Priory of SION - The real secret of Rennes-le-Château
During the questions and answers sesssion such ideas discussed were the arrival of Pierre Plantard to RLC and the references to the Merovingians. In short, the passionvof the researchers got the upper hand ... The debate lasted for several tens of minutes! The trailer of the new DVD (No. 2) of the municipality was attended by several members including Claire Corbu, Antoine Captier, André Goudonnet and Christian Doumergue. Philippe Marlin specified that the symposium of ODS Saturday, June 2, 2012 will, among other things, focus on the issue of excavation for the church of Rennes-le-Château by Paul Saussez, architect, accompanied by an archaeologist.
Posted by Johan Netchacovitch at http://www.portail-rennes-le-chateau.com/terre-de-rhedae.html on 26th April 2013.
"...in 1837 there was found in Pétroassa in Romania, the objects of the Visigoth treasure coming from the Razès. Napoleon had more chance than Monsieur Colbert in 1692, since that one failed with a company in his search for the treasure at Rennes-les-Bains close to the Roc Negre."
This is an extract from Philippe de Chérisey's manuscript, L'Or de Rennes pour un Napoléon (deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris in 1975; Tolbiac - Rez-de-jardin – magasin 4- LB44- 2360). Henry Lincoln discussed this on his Blog dated 22 September 2009 & refers to Gérard de Sède offering him some photographs of “the treasure of Rennes-le-Château”, and how the photographs of this treasure had appeared in an article in a French magazine written by Jean-Luc Chaumeil (in ‘Charivari’ No 18, Paris, Oct-Dec 1973). Lincoln's exact comments are as follows: 'It began in 1973, when I received a letter from Gérard de Sède. (See my Key to the Sacred Pattern - pp116 et seq). In it, he told me that with ‘one of his colleagues’, he had found Bérenger Saunière’s treasure and he was prepared to offer me photographs. I did not fall for what was an obvious ‘con’ and the fraudulent photographs were eventually sold to a magazine. (Charivari, No 18, Paris, Oct-Dec 1973). The accompanying article, titled The treasure exists – we have seen it, was written by de Sède’s colleague - who proved to be Jean-Luc Chaumeil. What sort of ‘expert’ is this? One must certainly question his reliability!' [See HERE].
Henry Lincoln failed to identify the “treasure” in the photos as being that of Pétroassa in Romania. What possible link was Chérisey making by forging a connection between the treasure of Pétroassa and that of the imaginary treasure of the Razes/Rennes-les-Bains/Roc Negre?
Here is the 'real' history of this Pétroassa treasure and its significance....
"On a muggy August afternoon in 1956 a line of Romanian soldiers stood ready at the Mogosoaia train station near Bucharest under orders to receive a freight train due to arrive from Moscow.
Hovering into view, the armoured wagons groaned under the weight of tonnes of valuable artworks. Among the thousands of items that were carefully unloaded and placed under armed guard to be transported to Bucharest was the greatest discovery ever unearthed in Romania – the Treasure of Pietroasa.
The golden hoard of ancient treasure had already gained international fame before its reappearance on that late summer day, travelling the exhibition circuit through the imperial capitals of Paris, London and Vienna.
When Europe was plunged into the first world war the treasure’s path became twined with monumental social upheavals.
Fighting on the side of the Entente, the Romanian government found itself on the run from encroaching German troops. Holed up in the northeast city of Iasi, desperate officials sent the treasure along with a hoard of other priceless goods to Tsarist Russia for safekeeping. The Bolsheviks seized power soon thereafter and the treasure disappeared for 40 years before a thaw in bilateral relations led to its return.
The Romanian people bestowed an almost mythological aura to the series of gold objects, naming the treasure the Hen and Her Golden Brood, and poetic platitudes celebrated the homecoming of part of Romania’s soul. Former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu gave extra impetus to the legend, paying the Hen special attention when he presided over the 1972 opening of the National History Museum of Bucharest, where the treasure can still be admired. “This has been her (the Hen’s) most glorious day,” he declared among much communist pomp.
But the origins of the treasure never did square with official party history, which conveniently glossed over the shadowy era of Romania’s past, when the Romans withdrew south of the Danube, the Dacians disappeared from the historical record and swarms of tribes from the icy regions of the north and the rolling steppes of the east moved in to fill the imperial vacuum.
The obvious starting point for tracing the origins of the treasure is the village of Pietroasa, in the county of Buzau, which sits at the base of Istrita hill, a 754-metre-high, dome-shaped peak that suddenly interrupts the monotony of the great Wallachian plain. The strategic position of the hill has attracted a constellation of tribes throughout the region’s history, making it an archaeologist’s paradise.
Excavations in the area began as early as the mid 19th century, and each year since archaeologists have struck spades into the earth to reveal Bronze-Age cemeteries, Dacian sanctuaries, Roman antiquities and Gothic cemeteries.
But the greatest find in the area, the Treasure of Pietroasa, was discovered by happenstance in 1837 by two peasants cutting limestone in a quarry. The discovery consisted of one large eagle-headed fibula and three smaller ones encrusted with semi-precious stones; a patera, or round sacrificial dish, with carved figures of what appear to be Gothic gods in Greek dress surrounding a seated three-dimensional fertility goddess; a twelve sided cup, a neck ring with a Runic inscription, a large tray, two other necklaces and a pitcher. There were 22 pieces in total, but only 12 have survived.
Debates still continue over whether the treasure dates from the 4th or from the 5th century but undoubtedly the hoard belonged to the Goths who lived in Dacia from the 3rd to the 5th century AD.
Alexandru Odobescu, one of the pioneers of Romanian archaeology who published in the late 19th century a 650-page comparative work called Le Tresor de Petrossa (Paris, 1889-1900) believed it dated from the 4th century and belonged to Athanaric, leader of the Gothic Tervingi tribe. He believed that some of the pieces were forged in Byzantine workshops, but the Goths made the more ornamental items, having learned this technique from the Scythians and Sarmatians who had spread the technique across Europe, from Novocherkassk in south-east Russia to Pietroasa in Romania.
Today Pietroasa is best known for its strong wines, processed from vast swathes of vineyards that are buoyed by rich soil and an almost Mediterranean climate. Limestone is ubiquitous throughout the village. It is said that the Geto-Dacians had cut the rock in the same quarry where the treasure was found to build their fortresses at Coasta Dogarului and Gruiul Darii; the Romans and Goths also cut rock for their forts and settlements. To this day natives extract blocks of limestone for wells, pillars, fences, houses and all the monuments that are set up in the villages clustered around Istrita.
Pietroasa is also a focal point for a dispute that has dogged Romanian historians since the founding of the nation state: the degree of influence the migratory tribes exerted in ancient Romania. The official history has always run along the lines that after the Emperor Aurelian withdrew Roman troops from the territory of Dacia, Romanisation remained ingrained among the Geto-Dacians giving the native population (the alleged ancestors of modern-day Romanians) a sense that they belonged to a superior civilisation to that of the migratory peoples, whose level of cultural development was rudimentary.
But as the historian Lucian Boia points out in his book Romania: Borderland of Europe, “The northern half of the Balkan Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire for some six centuries, long enough to permit the consolidation of a thriving Roman lifestyle.
To the north of the Danube, on the other hand, in the present-day territory of Romania, the Romans ruled only half of Dacia; moreover, the extent of Romanisation in this province is open to question, as it belonged to the Empire for only 165 years (from AD 106 to 271, when it was abandoned as the Romans withdrew to the Danube). Then there is the problem of the so-called dark millennium between the withdrawal of Roman rule in 271 and the foundation of the Romanian states in the 14th century.” It was during this “dark millennium” that groups of armed Germanic tribes left Scandinavia and northern Poland to find new fertile lands east and southeast of the Carpathians, creating the
Cernjachov culture that spread through modern-day Wallachia, Moldavia and southern Ukraine (in Romania it is known as the Santana de Mures culture, named after the city where a Visigothic cemetery was discovered). The Carpi, a group of “free” Dacian tribes established east of the Carpathians, initially put up a
resistance but were completely overwhelmed and many were resettled south of the Danube, paving the way for Gothic dominance, which, according to the Roman historian Ammianus, extended from the Danube to the Don and from the Carpathians to the Black Sea.
In light of archaeological finds in Pietroasa, the village appears to have been one of the seats of power for the 4th century Goths. (Archaeologists have identified five other Cernjachov sites that appear to have been political centres in the north Pontic region). The village is like an open air museum, hosting the ruins of a fortress, which was originally excavated by Odobescu in 1866, and a once luxurious villa that was decorated with stained glass windows and marble inlays and equipped with underground heating (hypocaustum) fed by the valley’s springs. Groups of Cernjachov graves have also been discovered in the area, distinguished by the spread of inhumation rather than cremation, the lack of weapons in the men’s graves and brooches (fibulae) and necklaces in the women’s burial places. (A short sword was found in one of the men’s graves in Pietroasa, as well as Roman coins, which most likely indicates that the deceased was of high status.)
Professor Mircea Babes, Director of the School of Archaeology at the University of Bucharest and editor of a 1976 critical edition of Odobescu’s work, believes the fort and the villa were home to Athanaric, leader of the Tervingi (traditionally known as the Visigoths) and, like Odobescu, believes that Athanaric was the original owner of the treasure.
“The treasure, fortress, villa and Cernjachov-style graves are all connected to the 4th century, owing to the dating of the pottery and Roman coins found in the area,” says Mr Babes, who has been leading excavations in the area since the 1960s.
In the 4th century an economic revolution was sweeping through Germanic Europe and production and trade flourished, with goods being distributed over wider areas. With new wealth being generated the tribes’ social structures also started to change.
Dominant social elites began to emerge, evidenced by the rich burial goods and separate elite dwellings, like the fort at Pietroasa.
This would mean, in effect, that Athanaric was the leader of a powerful, independent political unit, and oversaw a strong centre of production and consumption. The idea that the Germanic peoples were capable of establishing legitimate centres of power clashes with the belief held by a few Romanian historians that the Goths and other migratory peoples had only a negligible influence because of their backwardness.
Archaeologist Dr Marius Constantinescu, former head of the History Museum of Buzau and who is leading the excavations of the Cernjachov graves, dismisses any notion that Athanaric could have been the resident of such an exquisite villa or that his followers made up a formidable force. “The fort and the villa, were used solely by the Romans as a defensive line to protect Constantinople,” he says. “The Goths were only capable of building from wood and had a very rudimentary lifestyle.” Mr Babes agrees that the fort and villa were built by the Romans, but says they were built for Athanaric and his Visigoths in an attempt to enlist them as allies, in protecting the Danube frontier.
The role of the migratory peoples was also greatly downplayed during communism, when much emphasis was placed on ethnic continuity of the Romanian people and historians were under political pressure to stress the strength of the local population, the alleged Daco-Romans, over foreign invaders. “The propaganda section of the Central Committee of the Communist Party prodded us (archaeologists and historians) to write as little as possible on the various tribes that came through present day Romania, such as the Scythians, Sarmatians, Celts, Goths and especially the Slavs,” Mr Babes says.
“In the 1970s and 80s even the Romans started to fall out of favour and the role of the Dacians started to grow. When Ceausescu said ‘we are Dacian and Roman’ a group of influential amateur historians, who have been tagged by professionals as Dacomans [Dacomaniacs is the best English translation] would say ‘No, the Romans were foreigners; they were our adversaries who destroyed the Dacian kingdom.’ This idea began to catch on among members of the Institute of Party History, which was under control of the Central Committee, and they started to advance this belief on xenophobic grounds.” One person who adhered to this idea was Ceausescu’s brother, Ilie, who edited The Military History of the Romanian Nation, which was published in 1983 and became the first official history book, which was used in all schools. One chapter was even titled, “The battle of the Romanians against the migratory peoples of the 4th century.” As Mr Babes points out “nobody can say there were Romanians as early as the 3rd and 4th centuries and there was certainly no kind of organised Romanian state. The first mention of the Romanian people was in the 9th century when Arabian sources cited the Valachs.” Still today the Dacomans, led by Napoleon Savescu, are writing and lecturing, making fantastic claims about a great Dacian empire that rivalled the Roman’s. They also continue to propagate an old argument that the Treasure of Pietroasa was Dacian, a claim that started as far back as the early 20th century by Nicolae Densusianu, founder of the faulty Dacologie school of thought.
“Because the treasure is so rare and unique in all the world, such as the fibulas shaped as birds, the runic inscription on the necklace, and because of the myths that have been built up around it, the nationalists refuse to believe that it could have belonged to anyone else but the Dacians,” Mr Babes says. The inflated beliefs of the Dacomans have been easily pierced by professional archaeologists. And Athanaric, the most likely owner of the treasure, was no low level barbarian but a powerful figure who could hold his own against the might of the Roman empire".
Vivid magazine Romania. Romanian art, culture and economics and photography http://www.vivid.ro/index.php/issue/77/page/artbeat/tstamp/0
7th November, 2011 - The treasure of the Pietroasa
By: Tim Judy - Reposted from here
Today Paul Saussez kindly updated me with the proposals for his attempts to undertake an archaeological excavation at Rennes-le-Chateau. This has been translated using Google translate and a French dictionary! I would like to thank Paul very much for keeping me updated on the projects' important proposals and in the lengthy negotiations which are required in this endeavour.
See the latest on possible excvations at Rennes-le-Chateau here
My friend Rene Barnett has spent some time persuading Henry Lincoln to open up his archives for other researchers to use. This is truly an exciting project as Henry is finding in those archives letters etc that he had forgotten he had, including some letters between Plantard and Cherisey etc, that would in their own right be interesting for Rennes researchers.
My understanding is that a Museum housing this research be set up in Southern France, which i think is a good idea. There has been some resistance to this idea from some researchers, but my personal view is that Mr Lincoln has every right to do as he pleases with these archives. And why not a Lincoln Museum? I have always found Lincoln generally congenial and still as passionate about Rennes-le-Chateau after all these years. He is always open to listen to ideas .....whether he accepts those ideas or not.
You can find more about this project here.
So whatever your view, i urge you to support the project. After all, without Holy Blood, Holy Grail none of us would be here.
I will keep you updated on the project via this blog.
Regarding Gerard de Sede, the 'case' of Rennes-le-Château begins with the writing of "L'Or de Rennes" in 1965-66 From the outset the issue of how he came to be interested to the point of devoting a book is there. Those who knew him well know that everything that touches the earth and the Occitan culture, aroused in him a lyrical quality. The first lines of the book, which set the scene, in this regard is very eloquent and contrasts sharply with that used in previous, mostly centered on Gisors.
See more here:
Le portail de la famille de Sède
Sauniere ordered this 'demon' statue in 1897. He ordered it from Maison Giscard in Toulouse. Along with the 'demon' he also ordered other church decorations. The bill for the ordering of the 'demon statue' still exists (see here) and from it we glimpse an insight into Sauniere's original intent. For the bill says 'Benitier avec Diable' which means a Baptismal font with Devil. The demon statue itself was made especially for Sauniere.
If you look at the picture above of the demon statue one can make out some marks on the right side wing. These are illustrated below:
And this must be true because Sauniere left hints that he got drunk on these bottles of drink all over his church:
But before you run off to continue to research this interpretation please perhaps bear in mind that this report was posted 1/4/2013 i.e. April Fools Day ;)
Other researchers who have looked at the wording on the demon and have come up with very different results please see here:
Church | Devil Statue or Asmodeus
The case of the devil
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.