The Navigation Solution


So much information, so many surprises, so many alignments which are almost unexplainable. Unlike Henry Lincoln who veered towards a belief in something magical or of great religious significance or both, I began to fear that someone somewhere was perpetrating the most complicated joke, possibly based around a knowledge of some ancient system of navigation, perhaps a different form of triangulation.


triangulation This diagram is an outline of the underlying triangulation which forms the basis of the IGN maps. I hope you will agree with me that there is a series of “paths” apparent on this diagram, forming a wiggly cross with a a couple of side branches. I looked at this diagram for a long time before realising the cross can be seen not because the line weight is heavier but because the outer edges of these paths are relatively smooth paths certainly not as random as the rest of the triangulation.

An Earlier System

triangulation-and-pentacles To emphasis the effect I have provided an outline and compared it with the Paris meridien. I have then shown the location of the alternative navigation system I was evaluating. It only shows as a small white blob in the bottom centre, but it can we seen that it lies on the wester wall of one of the pathways.

Here now is a closer view. What I am doing is testing it out the viability of an earlier a navigation system which might have used Pentacles and of which the Rennes pentacle is simply the bast known example. It seemed sensible to start with the middle route which could  have been taken by the Visigoths on their travel south from Carcassonne. If there is any validity in my speculation, it would have been here that the navigation system would have been used.

Lacework of Pentacles

navigation-pentacles Each of the white pentacles is an exact copy of the Lincoln pentacle. Several different ways of arranging these additional pentacles was tried until this arrangement was decided upon. It is at this point that some interesting alignments emerge. We know of course that the Lincoln pentacle has one of its points sitting on Château Hautpol at Rennes Le Château. We have positioned the white pentacles so that they stretch back to Carcassonne. I half expected that the point of the most northerly pentacle would lie on Carcassone.

La Cité

carcassonne-intersection In fact it doesn’t! The point of the pentacle is just north of “La Cité” The blue line which is one of the alignments of the pattern of pentacles does pass through La Cité however and in fact it passes directly through the Château.

Comparisons with the Meridien

meridien-intersection It is possible to draw N-S lines through key points of the pentacles. They are in fact a few degrees off n-s Here they are compared with the line which was identified previously between Barcelona and Dunkerque which also passes though both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. (See  Devil’s Line).


lines-at-barcelona It can be seen that the blue lines are running at different angle to the Barcelona -Quillian-Eiffel-Triomphe-Dunkerque line. The are in fact converging and one of the lines passes directly through Montjuich. So that comparisons are easy to make this diagram also shows the Paris Meridien (red) and the Dunkerque-Barcelona line (yellow)

Sagrada Familia-Again

sagrada Another one of the alignment lines passes through, surprise, surprise, Sagrada Familia.


citadel-of-lille_0  Moving to the north a third blue line passes directly through the Citadel of Lille. These multiple alignments probably mean that the network of Pentacles spread throughout Charlemagne’s Empire!

Long Distance Alighnments

internal-alignments In fact the blue lines, representing pentacle alignments, run in every direection and along every line the path is defined by points of the pentacles.

external-alighnments There are possibly dozens of alignments which can be obtained by extending these lines. I have selected a small number which I find intriguing. One extension leads to the Brenac pentacle which incidentally is smaller and may be part of a totally different system. The most southerly point of the pentacles shown is on the Pic de Thauze almost always known as the Pic de Bugarach, the mountain which dominates the whole area. Of the other two alignments shown in the lower part of the diagram one leads Monsegur the other to Queribus. They are both castles which were cathar strongholds at the end of the Albigensian Crusade


monsegur-alighnment Once again the alignment is not just approximate. Monsegur is a “pog” of a relatively small diameter and yet the intersection is precise.

queribus Similarly with Queribus. In this case it sits on top of a ridge but the intersection is just as precise. This is undoubtably a viable navigation system.

cassini-triangulation The Cassini family who for four generations gradually mapped France by triangulation are supposed to have possessed special skills. Is it possible that those skills were centred on knowledge of the earlier mapping systems? That the triangulation hid the fact that there already was a comprehensive system? Certainly, these early Cassini notes show that he quickly moved into now familiar territory. At the top of the diagram is Bugarach. In the middle of the diagram is Queribus.

Familiar Territory

cassini-map Cassini started with is base reference as Perpignan and initially worked north along the line of the various north -south “meridia”. Therefore very early in his work his mapping covered the areas of Rennes, Quillian and Brenac.

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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.