Accidental Involvement


In 1355, The Black Prince’s invaded French held territory in the South of France and returned to Bordeaux “with a baggage train loaded with great wealth”.

In 2000, I carried out a literary review of all the information about this invasion, and followed it up with an extensive tour of the area he invaded. I became convinced that the “wealth” could not have come from the tiny villages he is credited with raiding.

typical-bastide-exterior I visited libraries in many towns. Ultimately in Limoux, which I had only visited to sample it’s splendid wine, I was told that if I was searching for a mysterious souce of wealth, for a great treasure, then I should go to Rennes-le-Château.



In Rennes I was introduced to the enigma of Abbe Saunier, the priest from this tiny hilltop village, who at the end of the nineteenth century became suddenly wealthy.

I became aware that his story had been told many times, most recently by members of a right wing French secret society whose main aim was to promote the interests of those they believed were descendants of the Merovingian kings.


the-mystery The story had then been picked up by British actor and scriptwriter Henry Lincoln. Lincoln came to believe that Sauniers story obscured the presence of “Sacred Geometry” in the hills and mountains around Rennes and a “Holy Ground” covering a much bigger area. Lincoln claims to have uncovered evidence of the biggest temple ever built.

My own work was initially simply a repeat of everything Lincoln had documented. I wanted to make sure I understood his thinking and to see if I could define any different conclusions. The presentation of my findings is however very different to Lincoln’s and may have appeal for those who want a quick primer on the mysteries of Rennes.

Different Theories

Mid way through my own studies I parted company with Lincoln. His recent book concentrates on the “Holy Ground” and the temple whereas I became convinced that what I was looking at was the remnants of a complex navigation system.

extension-location-2 Lincoln came to believe that the treasure was concerned with information about Jesus Mary Magdelene, their children, and their place of burial. These theories were linked to the existence of a right wing secret society to form the basis of the plot of Dan Browne’s Da Vinci Code.

In contrast I became convinced that the treasure was physical, to be specific the Visigothic treasure stolen from Rome in 410 and last seen in Carcassonne in the early 7th century. when the Visigothic state was under attack by the Franks.

Alternative routes

I speculated on how the treasure might have been removed from Carcassonne by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the various alternative routes. I then superimposed on this a reconstruction of the navigation system, making sure that the system I proposed was practical enough to have been constructed on the ground with the tools available in visigothic times.

image28-sun-triumph The conclusions drawn from the work are simply staggering. The resulting information, when combined with Lincoln’s earlier work offers a viable solution to the location of the Visigothic Treasure.

The latter half of these pages are sealed as they reveal the location of the treasure. However I will open them to anyone who provides me with a signed confidentiality agreement.

I am looking for partners to take part in adventure to recover the treasure and I believe that when you see the outcomes, you will be convinced that a great adventure does, in fact, await!

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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.