De Sede And Lincoln

The various investigations into the source of Sauniers wealth received a sudden boost from the involvement of Henry Lincoln. Here he is seen in Jean Luc Robin’s restaurant which used to be called “The Blue Apples” but is now known as “Le Jardin de Marie”, presumably after Saunier’s housekeeper. Jean Luc himself was accused of inventing many of the stories about Rennes le Château to encourage people to visit the village and therefore drum up business for the restaurant. Sadly Jean Luc died in 2008.

Sacred Geometry

orderennesdesede It was Henry Lincoln who called the pattern of hills around Rennes Le Château, “sacred geometry”, maintaining that their peaks formed a “perfect pentacle”.

He might have been inspired by the fact that one valley on the plain is identified on the French ordinance survey map(IGN) as La Val Dieu, the valley of God.Lincoln was an actor turned scriptwriter who wrote early episodes of the UK TV series “Dr Who”. Whilst on holiday local to Rennes read the book “Le Trésor Maudit” by Géraude de Sède, which explored the various legends about Sauniers wealth.

The documents

sauniers-document The book contained copies of three documents which were purported to the ones found by Saunier. The book also gave details of the Haupol gravestones.

In Lincoln’s own words he had finished reading the book and was retrospectively scanning the documents when he noticed that some letters were marginally raised above others. The documents were written in Latin.
Lincoln apparently needed to use a ruler to identify all the raised letters.

dagobert What he discovered was phrase not in Latin but in French.

“a dagobert II roi est ce tresor et il est la mort”

The best translation of this into english is probably “King Dagobert II has this treasure and it is death” which is not particularly helpful, but it was enough to grab Lincoln’s attention.

What it did do was demand an enquiry into the identity of King Dagobert II. Did such a King exist? What was his story?

The Triangle

the-triangle Lincoln also became interested in several alignments he detected on the document.

The alignments came from the tiny triangle at the top of the document and three crosses (marked in yellow).

The pentangle

the-pentacle Lincoln then went on to surmise that the alignments suggested that there was a pentagon hidden in the diagram. It was the only way he could make sense of the third cross.

bloodline_poster350 The holiday was no longer a holiday. Using his contacts in british television and his ability to tell a good story Lincoln decided to create a series of tv programmes which screened in the 1980’s and made this tiny village a tourist attraction.

In preparation for the programmes Lincoln studied every factor of the gravestones and copies of parchments. Even at this early stage he came to the conclusion that the treasure was something which undermined orthodox Christian beliefs. He speculated on the fact that it could be a genealogy which showed the Jesus had children, that identified Jesus’ burial place, thereby proving that the new testament stories were false or that Jesus never existed, a theme which has been picked up by many others.


dalle_blanchefort He examined both headstone and the gravestone of Marie de Negre.

headstone2 The most important conclusion he made was based on the gravestone. the central potion REDDIS REGIS CELLIS ARCIS, though it is in ungrammatical latin it can be interpreted as “At Royal Rhedae in the Storerooms of the Fortress”. Lincoln made no mention of the use of accents which as far as I know do not exist in latin, perhaps because the only word having any meaning in french is regis (Governs).

Far more interesting are the inscriptions down the side of the stone. If the greek letters are replaced by their latin equivalents the message becomes Et in a✠rkad✠ia ego. Again there was no mention of the meaning of the crosses even though crosses played such a big part in the analysis of the first document. To me it is significant that the crosses are in a similar location to two of the crosses on the document and suggests that full account should be taken of these two crosses.

“Et in Arcaia Ego” is the title of a famous painting by Nicholas Poussin, a possession of the French royal family and a copy of which had been purchased by Saunier during his trip to Paris.

Gerade De Sade

prieure_de_sion_by_marciopinheiro He directly contacted Géraude de Sède, the author of the book which had attracted his interest. Unknown to Lincoln, de Séde had another life as a right wing activist and used the publicity created by Lincoln to promote a secret society called the “Priory of Sion”. The organisation supposedly sought to protect the possessors of the “holy blood”, descendants of King Dagobert who they claimed was the last of the Merovingians.

It has never been firmly established whether or not this organisation does in fact exist and if so so what its objectives might be.

The activities of de Séde and his associate Pierre Plantard have complicated the story ever since and Plantard ultimately was discredited by a French government investigation which declared everything he was associated with as fraudulent. Obliquely this condemnation included the “Saunier” documents and everything de Séde wrote about Rennes le Château This has ultimately reflected on the credibility of Henry Lincoln’s work.

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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’

The Prisoner of FoixVol 1 of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

Aquitaine, an English possession, is in crisis. It is under threat from neighbouring nations and internal dissension.

The Black Prince, King Edward III’s eldest son has been given the task of taking command in Aquitaine.

Suddenly there is an opportunity. Ximene Trencavel is the heiress to the lands of Occitan, to the east of Aquitaine: lands controlled by the Franks. Ximene wants independence, both for herself and for Occitan.

A union between Aquitaine and Occitan would be mutually beneficial. The Black Prince undertakes a secret journey to meet Ximene to negotiate a marriage contract. It is, however, a marriage neither of them really wants.

Meanwhile, the  Franks plot to murder Ximene to prevent ,not just the marriage, but any kind of union between England and Occitan.

The Eagle Of CarcassonneVol II of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

The loose alliance between Ximene Trencavel and the Black Prince is under threat.

The Prince invades Occitan, to show his support for Ximene but it becomes an invasion which creates more problems than it solves.

The Prince has fallen hopelessly in love with Joan of Kent and Joan is now determined to marry him and become the next Queen of England.

Joan is therefore  determined to convince Ximene that she should not marry the Prince.

Part of her strategy is to encourage Ximene’s relationship with John Stanley—one of the Princes bodyguards—not an easy task as both John and Ximene have doubts about their compatibility.

However, John is grievously injured in a battle and Ximene commits herself to nurse him back to health.