In remembering that fantastic story, the Holy Blood & the Holy Grail, and an exercise in 'everything is connected' ...
1) Francois Berenger Sauniere, Catholic French priest, born 11 April 1852 in Montazels and died on 22 January 1917 in Rennes-le-Château.
2) Bishop Felix Arsène Billard - French Catholic Bishop of Carcassonne from 1881 to his death December 3, 1901. Linked to Henri-Marie-Gaston Bonnechose - a cardinal who himself appointed as his Vicar General Monsignor Billard, in his former diocese in Carcassonne. After this appointment, the old Cardinal, more than eighty years, will return twice to Carcassonne, in 1881 and 1882 before dying in 1883. Monsignor Billard continued his work ... Two years later, on June 1, 1885, Billard will appoint Bérenger Saunière, priest of Rennes-le-Château.
3) Bishop of Carcassonne Paul-Félix Arsène Billard then appointed Saunière as professor at the seminary of Narbonne.
4) It was François Fouquet who opened the seminary of the diocese of Narbonne - and he instructed it to be under the direction of the Vincentians .
5) The Fouquet family, beginning with Francis IV, the father of the Archbishop of Narbonne [François] and the Superintendent of Finances [Nicolas] was very close to St Vincent de Paul. St Vincent de Paul has a very murky mysterious history which is almost unbelievable. He is linked by the Priory of Sion to the Hautpoul family.
6) Nicolas Fouquet, famous brother of François Fouquet - Marquis de Belle-Île , Viscount of Melun and Vaux , born in January 1615 in Paris, died on March 23, 1680 in Pinerolo, is superintendent of finances at the time of Mazarin, Attorney General at the Parliament of Paris. He had a considerable power and fortune. Promoter of the arts in the best sense of the term, Nicolas Fouquet knew how to attract the most brilliant poets and scholars. Fouquet founded a salon in Saint-Mande at the end of the Fronde. It attracts Paul Pellisson, Charles Perrault, Quinault, La Fontaine and Madame de Sevigne. He also frequents scientists like the doctor Samuel Sorbiere or philosopher La Mothe Le Vayer . As early as 1660, he became interested in Molière . He was protector of the painter Nicolas Poussin. Alot of these names surface in the Lincoln et al opus.
7) François Fouquet had planned to establish a seminary in Limoux , as well as a home for missionaries in the Lower Razes at Our Lady of Marceille.
8) As was Mr. Vincent, Francois was part of the company of the Blessed Sacrament. The Company of the Blessed Sacrament was a Catholic secret society founded in 1630 by Henri de Levis. The Society has counted among its members many outstanding personalities of the seventeenth century:
9) The house Levis, better known under the name of Lévis-Mirepoix is a French noble family from the village of Lévis (currently Lévis-Saint-Nom in Yvelines), known since the twelfth century as a vassal of the Lords of Montfort l'Amaury. After the award of the lordship of Mirepoix by Simon de Montfort in Gui I of Lévis following his participation in the Albigensian Crusade in the thirteenth century, it became a powerful family of lords of the Languedoc . They counted up to eleven branches, six of which have acceded to the ducal dignity under the old regime. Ten of them are now extinct, all the ducal branches. The only remaining one of Léran, who took over the name of Lévis-Mirepoix.
Like most great houses of Ile-de-France, the Levis trace their origins to the mythical companion of Clovis. There is probably kinship between Amaury de Montfort II, living in 1028 , and Milo of Chevreuse, living in 1029 . Moreover we note in these three houses of Montfort l'Amaury, Chevreuse, and Lévis, contemporary adoption, followed by the names Gui, Simon and Philip .
10) William of Hainault, the first lord of Montfort l'Amaury - his great grandson was Amaury III, who died in 1137, whose sister was Bertada de Montfort. Amaury III married in 1115 Richilde of Hainault, daughter of Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut and Ide de Louvain. Baldwin himself had married in 1084 Ide de Louvain († 1139), daughter of Henry II, Count of Leuven. Henry II's son was Godfrey I of Leuven whose ancestry goes back to Gothelo (or Gozelo) (c. 967 – 19 April 1044), called the Great, who was the duke of Lower Lorraine from 1023 and of Upper Lorraine from 1033. A son of gGthelo [Godfrey III] married Doda, whose daughter was Ida of Lorraine (also referred to as Blessed Ida of Boulogne). In 1049, she married Eustace II, Count of Boulogne. They had three sons:
11) The Amaury family archives are said by some to have been seen by Cholet and that Cholet had studied the archives of the last surviving line of the Monfort-l'Amaury's. These archives allegedly mention some papers in another castle (Montfort-Amaury - heirs of Simon de Montfort). These papers showed maps and some hiding [places] within the church of Rennes-le-Chateau. Simon IV (or V) of Montfort (between 1164 and 1175 - 25 June 1218 , Toulouse ), lord of Montfort l'Amaury from 1188 to 1218, the Earl of Leicester in 1204, Viscount of Albi, Béziers and Carcassonne from 1213 to 1218, Count of Toulouse from 1215 to 1218, is the leading figure in the crusade against the Albigensians. Simon de Montfort joins the crusade, followed by several neighboring barons, Guy de Lévis. This Guy is Lord of Mirepoix and Marshal of faith became famous during the Albigensian Crusade as his lord lieutenant of Simon IV de Montfort. The house Levis, better known under the name of Lévis-Mirepoix is a French noble family from the village of Lévis (currently Lévis-Saint-Nom in Yvelines, as we saw above), known since the twelfth century as a vassal of the Lords of Montfort l'Amaury. After the award of the lordship of Mirepoix by Simon de Montfort to Gui I of Lévis following his participation in the Albigensian Crusade in the thirteenth century, the family became a powerful lords of the Languedoc.
I could go on but i wont. One has to wonder if ANY of these events have anything to do with each other throughout history? We think of them as all separate and unconnected events in any way. But with the same names cropping up over and over .... one wonders!
Be that as it may, Lincoln et al certainly thought these events made a good story!
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