"show me where there is evidence that people thought Sauniere found a treasure pre-Corbu and Plantard et al'
HERE Paul Smith lists the 'misconception's' regarding the idea of Sauniere finding a treasure instead of the bald fact that he made his money selling masses.
I always remember several people saying to the 'believers' - "show me where there is evidence that people thought Sauniere found a treasure pre-Corbu and Plantard et al'. And so Paul says "A recently-discovered story that the villagers of Rennes-le-Château during the 1930s believed Bérenger Saunière discovered a treasure was found in Jean Girou's book L’Itinéraire en Terre d’Aude (1936, page 169). Describing a visit to Rennes-le-Château, he wrote: “... we see villas and towers with verandahs, which are new and modern and which form a strange contrast with the ruins. This is the house of a priest who built these sumptuous living-quarters with the money from a discovered treasure – or so the locals say anyway!"
So the evidence is supplied and then this is what the responses are: "Jean Girou himself did not believe the story as shown by his reaction to it. But it is nevertheless an extremely interesting account because it shows how quickly a mystique began developing around Saunière's activities after his death".
How is that for bias? Dismissed totally with the comment 'Girou himself didnt believe it?' How can one come to that assumption just because Girou said 'or so the locals thought anyway"? Is he not just reporting what the locals thought?
I think it is called 'moving the goal posts'. This report in a published book about the Aude area says that villagers of Rennes-le-Chateau thought Sauniere had found some kind of 'treasure'. So evidence has been found of treasure stories pre-Corbu and Plantard. Probably the same 'stories' that led Corbu to go and investigate Rennes-le-Chateau for himself maybe?
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.