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By this I mean that we will find unpublished testimonies and stories, some secretly guarded information a bit of unexplained paranormal phenomena, a bit of trafficking in false historical documents ...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 Sometimes they showed us unpublished objects, photos or rare documents.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.
I continue, when i have time, to research my favourite area of Rennes-les-Bains. I have found references to landslides in the area , viz;
"At Rennes-les-Bains, where there are five mineral springs waters, including three thermal sources and two cold sources. These baths were formerly known as Bains de Montferrand. This was probably once the city of Redda or Redæ, which gave its name to the surrounding region, Reddesium or the Razes (1). If the old name might be in doubt, it is not the same on the point, during the time which we are dealing with, because of an important group of artefacts found. The small objects, give certain indications of an important Gallo-Roman occupation: coins, fragments of tiles and amphoras, various pieces of pottery, etc., have been collected in large numbers, as well as various metal objects, statuettes and two chariot wheels, in bronze, with five spokes, currently in the museum of Toulouse. Besides the debris of a Roman house, which was crushed by the landslide of a rock mass detached from the mountain, and which was discovered in 1841, there was also recognized, at several points of the present village, the substructions and debris of buildings belonging to various buildings, having had to have been part of a rather extensive city.
The following inscription, engraved on a marble altar:
was not unrelated to the baths, for it had formerly been taken from the old area around the fountain of the Baths of Rennes "
The actual thermal building disappeared completely, following miscellaneous re-piping, conveying [conveyance] and other levelling work, but ancient texts make it possible to reconstruct a certain idea of how it looked . It was on the site of re-establishment on the actual site of the Bain de la Reine, and we are still discovering rare vestiges in the substructions of buildings, when it is necessary to dig a little deeper for rebuilding. The Abbe Delmas, in a manuscript memorandum written in 1709 (3), said that he had seen the vestiges of a lifelike thermal baths of which he had also seen vestiges in Rome. Another memoir of M. Sage, read in 1746 at the Academy of Sciences of Toulouse, gave some more precise details: "We can still distinguish at the source de la Reine the marks of small rooms that no doubt formed apartments. The remains of canals of lead have been found there. We discover still, from time to time, small pieces of marble - rows of mosaics and encrusted with stones with a strong cement. Sometimes there are large pieces of marble - white and black, which they have infallibly transported, to the country ... There are other species of round stones eight inches in circumference, easily divided into four equal portions, and that one would think was intended to make compartments. There are shells of several species, encrusted on walls.
In 1799, under a crumbling stone vault, a basin paved with white marble and covered on its periphery of hard and polished black shale. Another basin, built in cement and founded on the rock, still existed at the same time, and, beside it, we could see the remains of a conduit served to raise the waters and carry them into the basin. Finally, Dr. Gourdon (1) pointed out the existence, by the river bed near the source du Pont, a series of holes dug in the rock and regularly aligned on two rows about two meters apart. Have these holes been used to secure the piers of a double dam, which may be of use from the point of view of supply fresh water? We do not know, because we do not seem to have any evidence on the age and origin of this work.
(1) "I believe that this town must be placed in the village of Rennes, four Leagues from Limoux, which is famous for its baths. The situation is, for the village of Rennes is in the Razez; the name is the same because Rennes comes from Redenæ, diminutive of Redæ. Finally, every day near this village many medals, which show that there was formerly a considerable city in this place. "
(Astruc, Memoirs for the natural history of the province of Languedoc, p. 190, 1737.)
(2) Most of the debris from Rennes-les-Bains was deposited at the museums of Carcassonne and Narbonne. Various fragments of the constructions: basins, capitals, columns, etc. which were grouped near a nearby fountain in Rennes, known as the Cercle.
(3) Memoirs of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of France, vol. II, 1820. Report by M. Bottin on the work of the Society (p.33): "You have been put in possession of an old manuscript, in which a priest of campagna, named Delmas, consigned, in 1709, his researches on the baths of Montferrand, frequented by the colony of Narbonne, and the many antiquities found there. Just as we do in our gardens for the purpose of Caves."
This work is taken from the following and is interesting because the writer talks in the first person re: some discoveries and would be contemporaneous with Henri Boudet. It is also interesting that another researcher feels it is Rennes-les-Bains which is the antique Rheda!
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.