"Towards Rennes-les-Bains, the meridian line passes between Serres and Peyrolles, close to the tomb at Arques, known as the " Shepherds of Arcadie", continue on to Serbaïrou to the place where a stone of almost 2m in height bearing the engraved Latin inscription: "AD Lapidem Currebat Olim Regina" (towards the stone the Queen formerly ran). This queen is the red line of the meridian line, the "Rose-Line" as Abbe Boudet would write. Perhaps he was right, because Roseline was abbess of "Celle aux Arcs" and her festival is on January 17… her legend deserves reading".
Why does her legend deserve reading in the context of the Roseline, Boudet and January 17th? Which legend is that? The one of her 'roses' or the one of her body?
The roses - This is an event which occurred in Roselines childhood: As a young child she developed a love for taking care of the poor. She would distribute goods to the poor from her family’s provisions. Someone of the household saw her doing this and alerted Rosaline’s father. One day she filled her skirt with bread to take to the poor only to be stopped by her father who asked her what she was carrying in her skirt. She told him they were roses. Extending her skirt by her father’s insistence, what were revealed were actually roses.
Plantard picks up on the 'roses' to link it to his beloved Roseline Meridian, probably reveling in the connection of 'Arcs' and 17th January.
Her body - Five years after her death, in 1334, Pope John ordered her tomb to be opened. Her body was found entirely incorrupt and it is still so today.
We could of course put these two themes together - and be confronted with a scenario that Plantard and Cherisey were forever drawing attention to: that is a tomb or important burial on the Roseline near Rennes-les-Bains. Let us assume, just as in this 'miracle' of Saint Roseline, that an incorrupt and perfectly preserved body remains - a body of an important, and perhaps religious person, by whatever name (the Grand Roman?) in an underground Temple. A tomb, which Boudet connected to the Resurrection, and therefore perhaps an important saint of the Christian religion?
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.