Templar Lore


Web of Gold – The secret history of a sacred treasure – by Guy Patton and Robin Mackness

According to these guys, the Romans sacked the Temple of Jerusalem and carted off its goodies to Rome whence it was again plundered by the Visigoths. This people eventually settled in an area comprising southern France and northern Spain. And when they in turn were threatened by the expanding Franks, the treasure was secreted around about their last great fortress at what is now Rennes-le-Chateau.

The authors believe this was the first of no less than three treasures (the other two being those of the Knights Templar and the “heretical” Cathars) to be hidden in this region and that over the intervening centuries various interested parties, with varying degrees of success, have sought to recover them. The list includes British Intelligence, the Nazis, a whole range of bizarre individuals and last, but by no means least, certain factions within the French government who, the authors assert, have altogether unwholesome links to the wartime Vichy regime. A tangled web of gold indeed !

The book traces the history of the treasures and investigates the stories behind those who may (or may not) have unearthed all (or part of) any of the three. The story of Bérenger Saunière, the impoverished parish priest of Rennes-le-Chateau is told, of how his renovations in the church with Visigothic foundations unearthed something of world-shattering implication. The involvement of the Priory of Sion is discussed, as well as the alleged dabbling and skulduggery perpetrated by other sinister underground movements.

As its title implies, this is a very complex book covering as it does not only the history of the treasures supposedly hidden in the Languedoc, but also the modern day implications of what those treasures might symbolise were they to be recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

There are so many fingers in this pie, there’s no room for the filling !

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