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Proves that the Priory of Sion was an elaborate fraud
on June 10, 2017
I bought and read this book because it's the only one I've read on the subject -- and I've read several -- that offers actual, real world evidence to explain the business of the Prior of Sion. This entire affair is the product of an elaborate hoax perpetrated by a man named Pierre Plantard, who went so far as to forge an ancient book and have it entered in the National Library in Paris. Based upon that, he proceeded to spin a yard that allegedly went back centuries and involved everyone of note in history. He engaged the services of the novelist Gerard de Sede, who wrote the novel "L'or de Rennes" (The Gold of Rennes), a best seller in France and strongly influenced Henry Lincoln, one the writers of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", so much that he and his associates have spent the last three decades chasing this figment of Plantard's imagination, including Michael Baigent, who was alluded to in "The Da Vinci Code" as a character with the anagrammed name "Teabing".
Plantard felt he wasn't receiving the royalties he was promised and took de Sede to court. This backfired on him because he was compelled to admin that the entire thing was a fraud, a hoax he single-handedly created.
As far as how Sauniere received the money he used to remodel the abbey and especially the chapel, the writers proved without a doubt that Sauniere was overselling masses, a grave crime in the Church because it amounts to fraud. He was charged and investigated, but he stonewalled the committee investigating him and was never punished for it. His secretary, who was probably also his lover, took this information to her grave
You see, there are very reasonable, reality-based, FACT BASED explanations for this whole affair, which the writers show clearly and logically. This is literally the last book you need to read on the subject, and probably the last that ever needs to be written about it.