HERE on Paul Smith's website - after he may or may not have read my page on Cholet - posted some clarifications on the arrival of Cholet to Rennes-le-Chateau. He makes reference to the Maraval document [aka the “parchment” of Brother Dominique de Mirepoix"] saying that it 'has been described as one of the very earliest Rennes-le-Château fakes. Even the believers in the “mystery” of Rennes-le-Château don’t believe these stories.' and 'What Cholet did mention in his Report was “a document is dated and signed by Brother Dominique de Mirepoix on 29 June 1249” (a document found in a well around 1961 by Cholet’s last excavation partner Rolland Domergue). Patrick Mensior describes the “discovery” as the result of a prank played by two local villagers who had set out to dupe Cholet and Domergue – the parchment in question being the last page of a book from the 17th century inserted into an old bottle swollen at the mouth dating from the time of Saunière."
I did find this interesting as a well known French researcher first talked of the so called Maraval document - and passionately i may add too. The Maraval document is alleged to have been a hand drawn map of the locale of Sauniere's domaine, found in the archives of the Aniort family. Elsewhere Smith had alleged this is the document of Dominique de Mirepoix. Anyway he gives a picture of this document on his site which is below. Next to it below is the Maraval document. I confess to being confused about which document is which and which is supposed to be the fake?
Even to my untrained eye, these do not look the same document!
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.