Templar Lore

The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau – by Gerard de Sede

This is the English translation of the book that got the whole Rennes-le-Chateau show on the road. It’s the book that Henry Lincoln (co-author of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) picked up in some grotty old bookstore for “holiday reading” and then realised it contained far more than the ramblings of a French journalist down on his luck and after a quick buck by trotting out a sensationalist story of buried treasure. This is the book in which were first printed the copies of the documents supposedly discovered by Berenger Sauniere in the Visigothic pillar of his parish church at Rennes-le-Chateau. Lincoln reportedly spotted the “code” latent in the documents and everything took off from there.

The book itself is quite cute, taking us through the by now familiar story of Sauniere’s discovery and his subsequent (and highly suspicious) meteoric rise from rags to riches. Because it is, in essence, the first book in the Rennes Mystery genre, it is uncluttered with all the other speculation that has since jumped on the bandwagon and is therefore a good opportunity to focus solely on the events surrounding Sauniere at Rennes-le-Chateau.

But be warned ! Cute is deceptive ! It transpires that the author, Gerard de Sede, was put up to publish the book in the first place by none other than that wonderful cloak-and-dagger mob, the Prieure de Sion. According to de Sede, he published the book under the Prieure’s instructions in the hope that “someone like Lincoln” would spot the clues that lay scattered through its pages and bring the mystery of Rennes to the eyes of the world. A strange way of going about it ? I’ll say ! Read the book and make up your own minds.


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