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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.
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on March 22, 2013
The title of this book is somewhat misleading, because the Mystery is not solved, at least not completely solved. The authors are skeptics, but they review the history of the R-L-C mystery, and the authors slowly demonstrate that much of the R-L-C story is merely exaggeration or fabrication or fraud or hoax, with the primary public players named and their history discussed briefly, with little evidence of any physical treasure, and provide some small evidence that Sauniere obtained most of his wealth by donations and gifts. The authors admit that Sauniere spent a lot of money on R-L-C, but they do not examine the reasons, and they are too skeptical and dismissive, and too quick to ignore the possibility of private archives and secrets unknown. For example, the authors in only a few sentences falsely conclude that the Shroud of Turin is a fake, as if to show that everything religious is fake, and thus the authors demonstrate their own ignorance of that history. The authors mostly concentrate on the Mystery's historical evidence, or lack of legitimate evidence, and almost completely ignore the idea that the hoax was created for a real purpose, which was to promote a political and religious agenda associated with esoteric secret societies. The authors conclude that the main purpose of the Mystery hoax was related to supposedly secret written genealogies, supposedly discovered by Sauniere, and yet the authors discuss the actual latterly fabricated written genealogies only very briefly. There are other books which discuss much more the reasons and evidence for the creation of the R-L-C mystery. For a better discussion of this history topic, see the book "The Sion Revelation" by Lynn Picknett.
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on February 1, 2015
It is a good read, just aliitle to lengthily on some of the topics/
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on March 8, 2008
Finally a good book on the subject of Rennes-le-Chateau! This volume deals with all hypotheses, theories and fantasies that have been written on this theme. In this way it sends (as it should've been done long time ago) most of the fairytales to the scrapheap untill the real naked facts are revealing itselves. What is left is that the priest Saunière suddenly spent a lot of money and nobody knows for sure where it came from. Most likely from selling masses that he never held and from gifts from rich people. Tales of a treasure that he found are most likely coming from a local hotelier Corbu that had to make the area interesting to visit for tourists, because there was not much else to come for. All together a very intriguing book that reads as a detective and seperates the crap from fact. A book that we all have been waiting for.
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on March 27, 2008
The Treasure of Rennes-Le-Chateau was a very interesting and informative reference to the historical search for the remains of the Jewish gold treasures allegedly taken and moved around the world by various invaders over history. Although no real conclusion was made as to where it might have ended up, the more plausible answer seems to be it was melted and used for weaponry. This book is based on the author's theory, but was well written and some-what believable.
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