On 18/09/2009 i posted the following to a RLC Forum:
" ... while flicking through some old RO's (to be exact RO 31 (2001) )....i came across an interview by Chaumeil with Pierre Plantard dated 13 Jan 1972....(translated by Guy Patton) ... i thought this last section referred to by Plantard was interesting:
"A number of revues are published each year which touch on problems relating to our house ....and not all are to be deposited in the Bibliotheue Nationale ....9 times out of 10, we are not even informed of their publication. There was for example in 1973 LES DESSOUS D'UNE AMBITION POLITIQUE by Mathieu Paoli, 'LA RACE FABULEUSE' by Gerard de Sede, and your revue CHARIVARI.
Certain pamphlets are false, such as that of Joseph Courtaly in 1964, which claimed to republish the author Stublein in LES PIERRES GRAVEES DU LANGUEDOC. Certainly one of the tombstones, reproduced on page 60 (Charivari) is authentic (Reddis-Regis): everyone knows that it had been engraved about 1686 on the order of Henry d'Hautpoul. But the one cited on page II of your revue (ci-git Dame Negri d'Ablis) is false: it was remade in 1905 to serve the needs of Sauniere's cause and published at his request in ....1906 for the first time! All that is very far from 1791 and the Abbe Bigou"
There are many points here that warrant further discussion. Furthermore the words of Plantard here support a comment made by Chaumeil that i think i read in an article on a French website (possibly by IBJ) where Chaumeil said: “I will tell you something… The Tisseyre document is an invention. Or, more exactly, Tisseyre invented a statement saying the expedition to RLC was carried out in 1905 and its findings published in the Bulletin of SESA. Thanks to this article, it [at that time] accredits the presence of the stone in the cemetery of Rennes-le-Chateau and covers… a traffic of relics and archaeological artifacts which was set up by Bérenger Saunière’.
A traffic in relics and archaeological artifacts which was 'set up by Sauniere'? Where was he getting these relics? Is this how he obtained his money? Did he have an inexhaustible supply of relics & artifacts that he kept going back to? And how an earth would the presence of 'the stone in the cemetery' cover a traffic in relics?
I do not believe for one minute that the nocturnal diggings in the cemetery that Sauniere did are where he got these supposed 'relics'. Because if this were true then it begs the question - what was buried in the cemetery at Rennes that its relics could be sold on the antiquities black market for financial gain? No, if he had a continual supply of relics/artifacts he must have been dipping into a vault or treasury of some sort. We may then ask who was buying these relics?
I also highlight two of the comments by Plantard:
'everyone knows that it had been engraved [the Reddis Regis tomb slab] about 1686 on the order of Henry d'Hautpoul'.
"But the one cited on page II of your revue (ci-git Dame Negri d'Ablis) is false: it was remade in 1905 to serve the needs of Sauniere's cause and published at his request in ....1906 for the first time! All that is very far from 1791 and the Abbe Bigou" [My bold highlight].
This means that the remade Marie de Negre tombstone was a fake and this is why no-one has ever seen it. The only tombstone said by Plantard to lie in the cemetery at Rennes was the Reddis/Regis one and therefore it was THAT tombstone that Sauniere obliterated (although some of the villagers could recall this tombstone had some strange lettering's on it, perhaps Greek?). The CI GIT tombstone [despite the stories associated with an 'original'] for Plantard was nothing but a concoction of Sauniere and nothing to do with Bigou despite some [like Cherisey] suggesting that it did ...
These comments suggest that the tombstone of Bigou is indeed the Reddis Regis stone. I am reminded of the famous Sennier letter - passed off as a hoax - which talks of the family of Bigou linked very much with a tomb and a tomb marker later confused with the CI GIT stone.
This led to the following investigation HERE:
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