According to the blog of l'Oeil du Sphinx [see HERE] Alain Feral died on December 24, Christmas Eve. They write ' He was a Group Facilitator of "Les Enfants Terribles", [and he ] was also a great figure of castelrennaise. He is responsible, among others, for the famous model of the reversed church of Berenger Sauniere. He founded with Sonia Moreu, the library Atelier Empreinte and la Galerie du Château. He leaves us a wonderful book "The Keys of the Kingdom of the Dead", ["La Clef du Royaume des Morts"] and also a "Plan de l'église de RLC" ["Plan of the Church of RLC"] and a beautiful map of "Two Rennes." He also wrote many science fiction and fantasy novellas - scattered in different fanzine's from the seventies. Godson of Jean Cocteau, he was a great artist who left us when he was still full of projects in mind".
According to Philippe Marlin (as of January 2007) he wrote in an article that "...we "inherited" a part of the archives of Gerard de Sede, especially some of the preparatory documents for the drafting of L'Or de Rennes (Philippe Marlin / Rennes-le-Château Fund). A set of photographs taken by the author, a collection of so-called Dossiers Secrets, notes etc. ....... Many of the documents are stamped "Pierre Plantard......".
Marlin goes on to discuss these archives and you can read about it HERE. He furnishes us with photos and details regarding the possible inpsiration of the Marie de Negre tombstone, which could turn out to be 'La Tombe de Vals (Ariège)'. Fascinating stuff ......
The latest installment from Paul Saussez ... read it HERE
I'm sure this has been seen before [i think it was Jean Brunelin who may have drew our attention to it first] but here is a photo of an aspect of the Fleury tableau. Just underneath the 'pink' building perhaps Sauniere was telling us there is a tunnel system - because quite clearly there are tunnels depicted. It kind of reminds me [the depiction of the tunnels] of Cherisey's admonition in the last chapter of Circuit - Charlot has crawled into a narrow passage and a rock crevice .... "At the end of a fairly brief journey, but one that seems unending, there is a fork where he must make a choice .... cellis or arcis? Right or left, lets go for the left one and 'Long live the King'!
It does look like Sauniere, if he painted in these details or requested the details to be added, might have been trying to suggest, that not far from the 'pink' building is some kind of hole in the ground which leads to a long tunnel deep underground - which branches off in two direction's. I believe Brunelin thought he could see a coffin in the 'close-up's' too.
Updated 6th December 2013:
I knew i had read about this cave complex before - here is the link HERE ! It was Monsieur Brunelin who first identified this aspect on the Fleury tableau - and from this webpage i hope they do not mind me cross-posting the picture Brunelin seems to have taken:
I'm sure Paul Saussez wont mind me posting this new photo he recently posted on his Facebook page. I can say no more than quote Job Michel-Clovis - who wrote: "With the total counting of the deco[ration] of SAUNIÈRE, we are immediately transported visually in 'mystery' of this church, simply splendid and catastrophic that this work is not officially encouraged". He is absolutely right - great work Paul!
Paul added: This is a reconstruction of the Church as it seems to me that it should be in the XVIIIth century. The date of 1740 at the top of the steeple reminds us. There are: leftmost the Carolingian baptismal font that SAUNIÈRE had reused ..... at the gate of the cemetery. On the right, in the nave, ......a staircase descending to the tomb of the Lords; right again, under the apse of the apse, the wall that separated the choir and the sacristy where fit the old altar table; always right on the south facade, the "door of the Lords' including the Bay was remployed in 1879 to allow access to the 'new' sacristy; on the far right finally, at the bottom of the 'door of the Lords', access South to the crypt, which will be hidden under a fake tombstone (perhaps that of Marie de nègre) when the underground necropolis has been sentenced. It is on this site that SAUNIÈRE has built his 'secret room'.
Damn, someone got there before me .... but i have to confess ... the new translator of Cherisey's novella CIRCUIT has done a much better job of it - if the credentials are anything to go by. The translator, Jacqueline Beecham "is a member of the chartered institute of linguists who studied French at the Sorbonne, the institute de Touraine et de Haut Poitou and at Newcastle university. She has taught the language to degree level and translated for various companies....she has taught French at degree level ...".
It remains to be seen whether what Cherisey intended via his novel has indeed been lost in translation. I will be reviewing the comments that Cherisey specifically mentions about Rennes-le-Chateau HERE, although most of it i had already translated. If you would like to purchase the Beecham translation here is the email to contact the publishers.... firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIRCUIT in French is a masculine noun and indicates either (in scientific terms) an electrical or computer circuit, or a tour, or round trip. Or perhaps more akin to a motor circuit - with various stops along the way .... Cherisey himself anyway says there is a second circuit underlying the first one he talks about & it is that circuit which is probably of more interest - then again - looking at the front cover - the circuit may have something to do with the hexagon of France, Meridians and the like. Thanks to Cherisey it will be fun to discover which CIRCUIT is important .....
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.