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The Treasure of Rennes-le-Château: A Mystery Solved Paperback – July 1, 2005
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The outstanding aspect of the RLC mystery is that the majority of writers have accepted uncritically books or concocted evidence that do not stand up to scrutiny. The trail followed is one of papers submitted to the National Bibliothèque by men using false names, falsely attributing their writings to books that don't exist, falsely claiming to be other real people (who coincidentally died just a short time before the papers were deposited).
Why has the public so fallen in love with the RLC mystery? Well, it lends itself to so many interpretations if one wishes to ignore real historical evidence... it's so exciting to the human imagination to envisage a potentially huge treasure buried or hidden for centuries, PARTICULARLY if there are abstruse clues scattered around like a giant puzzle. It has all the appeal of a cleverly designed computer adventure game. And of course, in latter years the "mystery" has deepened with those whose love of a good secret has led them to frankly bewildering conclusions, or with those who have a specific agenda.Read more ›
I really enjoyed the way this book was constructed, examining just the available documents and tracing the evolution of the story behind the unusual events that occurred at Rennes-le-Chateau with a certain priest, Berenger Sauniere. I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln back in the late 80s and was immediately put off by the lack of documentation for just about everything stated in that book. Rennes-le-Chateau is a key element in the HBHG legend. Yet, to this day, so many other books are based on the information as presented in HBHG as if it is established fact (even though the book totally lacks documentation.) The Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau makes sense though I certainly have no way of knowing if what Putnam and Wood present is spot-on. These conspiracy theories have a way of spinning out of control, and perhaps if those devotees of deception would balance their view with books such as this, it might make for more coherent dialogue.
Of particular interest to me was the interaction between Henry Lincoln (I did not know he appeared in episodes of The Avengers and Dr. Who!) and Pierre Plantard, the man some people believe created the myth of the Priory of Sion.
This book is a real page-turner and its contents and conclusion are worth consideration.
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It is a good read, just aliitle to lengthily on some of the topics/Published 18 months ago by Debora Taylor
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... Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Jerry A. Jarc