I have a fascinating book by Franck MARIE - its called 'Rennes-le-Chateau - Critical Studies'. It was published in around 1977. Marie has some amazing comments - from those early researchers on the ground before - perhaps the genre became contaminated with the Holy Blood, Holy Grail fiasco, as it were.
One such comment involved the 'traffic in masses' allegation. Marie wrote:
"Sauniere was booked for trafficking in masses, that is certain! Descadeillas has brought various evidences in his book Mythologie du Tresor de Rennes, such as those provided by the many mandates and Receipts received at the Post Office in Couiza. Also Mrs Hughes a native of Couiza [originally a housekeeper in Brazil before 1914], sent a friend a local newspaper article on the Mass intentions in favour of the Abbe Sauniere ... yet this position is opposed by Count Yves Maraval, who quoted one day a surprising statement - [this was that] his grandfather the Count Fondi de Niort, General Counsellor of Belcaire was an intimate friend of Monseigneur de Beausejour, who spent one month each year at the Chateau de Niort-sur-Sault. Monseigneur Beausejour frequently said he condemned Sauniere for mass trafficing, but he did not believe it!"
Marie also said "This book owes its existence to the work and help of a number of researchers. These include: Monsieur l'Abbe Mazieres, who agreed to share his memories and he also opened his records, Monsieur CHESA, of Carcassonne, who told us many interesting revelations, and Monseigneur BOYER".
It must have been magical in those days on the Hill with these fascinating early researchers!!!
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.