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A list of the odd activities of Abbé Beranger Saunière

It is now known that Saunière used an address 12 Rue de la Juiverie, Lyon to have letters sent to that he didn't want sent to Rennes le Chateau. One letter was from someone known as Montepellierain. The subject of these letters is Maguelonne , an island off the coast of Montpellier. This place has been regarded as the Southern Mont St Michel.

The name may well be a corruption of Magdalene (or vice versa) and is associated with the cult of Isis.



The island with the church within the perfect circle

Island withthe church

Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis who visited the site in the twelfth century described it as

“A narrow island, uninhabited but for the bishop, his priests and a small retinue. It is simple, isolated and impoverished but well fortified against the attacks of the Saracens, who do not cease to infest the seas.”



Incidentally, it is said that Saunière also had a monkey he named Mela. Guy Patton & Robin Mackness in their book 'Web of Gold' suggest it may be more than "mere coincidence that a first century Spanish geographer and writer, called Pomponius Mela, refers to an ancient treasure deposited in the mines of Pyrene, located exactly south of Carcassonne? Could Sauniere have known of both these writings and have had access to the treasure?"

Read Web of Gold excepts - Introduction by Robin Mackness and Guy Patton and Chapter 1.

My grandfather Charles, legitimate successor of the counts of Rhedae, yielding to the invitation addressed to him by the Abbé Bérenger Saunière, parish priest of Rennes-Le-Château (Aude), visited him June 6, 1892. Among those present were the Abbé Henri Boudet and M. Elie Bot. In his notes my grandfather recounts his passage:

"... A monkey, called Mela, a gift from a great singer, playing with a puppy called pomponette enlivened lunch. Boudet, the priest of Rennes-les-Bains, neighboring parish, seemed a man so anxious to go out that Saunière was the light. Both Saunière, burly brown with black eyes, of near 1.80 m, seemed as much Boudet, with 1.70 m, his thinness and lavender eyes, disappeared. In between, Mr.. Elie Bot [see below], right arm Saunière, stocky and strong, was the adviser and the of contractor work. But as an essay on the merits of the Corbières wine and wine of Malvasia, one of his intestines made him fragile and to drink only water ... "

This scholarly yet emanated from the humble parish priest that his brother seemed to have been invited by Christian charity that my grandfather, Charles found himself that evening in the presbytery of Rennes-les-Bains and spent the night.

Pierre Plantard in his introduction to reprint of La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromlech de Rennes-les-Bains

Elie Bot

Elie Bot


Clearly the monkey and puppy owned by Saunière (and given by Emma Calve) was named after Pomponius Mela

Pomponius Mela, who wrote around the time of Jesus, was the earliest Roman geographer. He was born in Tingentera (Algeciras).

Algeciras has the earliest known remains of the Neanderthal.

File:Europa by Pomponiusz Mela 1st century.jpg

Here is his map of Europe from 43AD

Showing the island of Thule.

POMPONIUS MELA - wikipedia



Displayed in the Rennes le Chateau museum

Once belonged to Saunière

So it appears that Saunière was interested in ancient geography and Astronomy.

Author Gérard de Sède, one of these supposed conmen, has documented Saunière’s visit to Paris and who can deny it? But this suggestion from de Sède has no separate confirmation, but we do appear to have the equivalent of the confirmation moon rock in our possession here and this is found in the Rennes le Chateau garden in the form of a Society of Saint Sulpice logo and the statue of Jesus bearing the Sacred Heart adorning the Villa Bethania. If Saunière had visited Lyon then why not the centre of his affiliations: i.e. the church of Saint Sulpice and the Sacre Coeur in Paris. I too have been to these places but I can guarantee that even in the age of information technology no record of my visit exists.


The story goes on to say that after his supposed discovery Saunière, it is reported he went to the Church at Saint Sulpice in Paris in 1893, oddly a full two years after the diary entry. Here, according to de Sède, he is supposed to have visited the Abbe Bieil and Saunière showed him some parchments. A separate and initially unconnected story that emerged seems to give some credence to this story of Saunière’s visit. When the book Holy Blood and the Holy Grail was being researched a vicar from Oxfordshire, England had said that a friend of his had been detached to Paris to look at some documents at around about this time. He said that the documents contained incontrovertible proof that Jesus was alive in 47AD, is this what Saunière had found? According to Gérard de Sède, Bieil then had told Saunière to return in 8 days whilst the parchments were deciphered. Bieil is then reported to have given the parchments to Emile Hoffat, a well-known philosopher and occultist. If Saunière had produced controversial documents confirming the survival of Jesus then it may be prudent to make up a false trial and make out that Saunière found encrypted documents that end up with a message that is still unclear.     


The suggestion is that Saunière never went to Saint Sulpice but in the garden there clearly is a logo of the Society of Saint Sulpice underneath the statue of the Virgin this is another example of flawed reasoning. This lack of a record is especially significant when the reason he went there was after the entries in his diary contained the word ‘Secret’. Are we to expect a list of Saunière’s movements’ chapter and verse after the man had written the word ‘Secret’ in his diary? The suggestion that this lack of record somehow negates the whole story is banal. The only thing here which is suspect is the assumption that Bieil, or someone he knew, could decipher the encoded text in 8 days, for without the key this is extremely unlikely if not impossible and one must assume that the key had also been found or indeed concocted by Bieil or Hoffat. Someone clearly knew how to decode the parchments and the key must have been available, if indeed Saunière found the coded parchments and took them to Paris at all. For it does seem that the parchments containing the encrypted messages are either contemporary with or written after Saunière, I shall discuss this later.


The story goes on to tell us that Saunière was very friendly with the French Opera singer Emma Calvé during this period and there is now documentary evidence that Emma Calve was a Superieur Inconnu, the third degree of the Martinist Order. It is very likely that Saunière spent some time with Martinists and this was the principle reason he perhaps made regular visits to Lyon for it is now known for certain on two invoices that an Abbé Saunière hired a vehicle in Lyon on several occasions and there was a principle Martinist Order headquartered in Lyon which existed before the official Order began.


The first invoice confirming Saunière’s trip covers the periods in May and June 1898, then in September 1898 and finally from April to July 1899. The second invoice is for a few days in May 1900, and a day in June of the same year. He hired the vehicle for these periods. After his death two bookshops in Lyon bought some of Saunière’s books. The first is the Gacon bookshop. The second is the Derain-Raclet bookshop, situated at 81 Rue Bosssuet at that time. With the liquidation of the Derain stock, a lucky purchaser found several books marked as:

 "François Béranger Saunière, Priest at: Aude, town of Rennes."

These were entitled:

1) "the Prophecy of the Popes allotted to S. Malachy". By Joseph Main.

2) "History of the Large Forests of Gaule and Old France". By L.F. Alfred Maury.

3) "Celtic Monuments. Or Research on the Worship of the Stones. Preceded by a note on the Celts and Druids, and followed Celtic etymologies ". By Mr. Camby.

Returning to Saunière’s church, on July 9up>th 2005 Monsieur Paul Saussez, who is an architect who has studied the church of Sainte Marie Madeleine at Rennes le Chateau, gave a lecture at Rennes le Chateau. He said that most people try to read between the lines and this has got them nowhere. However he said we can read the lines themselves for he has studied Saunière’s personal notes themselves, the old parish register and the Lescure report, a study of roman and pre roman churches, the diocesan reports and a personal appraisal of the church itself from an architect’s point of view. From his studies a computer simulation of the church when Saunière made his discovery has been made and pictures of this simulation can be found on the official Rennes le Chateau website. One thing that sprang from the lecture is that there is today a secret semi circular room accessed through the sacristy by a door at the back of the cupboard where Saunière would have kept his robes. This allegedly did not exist when Saunière took over as curé.  Saunière had it put there, why? However by far the most striking thing was when Mr Saussez explained why and how this tomb that Saunière had supposedly found and remained a secret, how Saunière found it and then sealed it again. He was asked at the end of his lecture what was the probability of such a crypt under the church today on a scale of 1 to 10 and this architect replied 9.99. It is the opinion of this author that whatever it was that Saunière found immediately before he wrote ‘Discovery of a tomb’ in his diary he would have required help to deal with it should it have been in the church environs or even removed from Rennes le Chateau, perhaps close by Névian one of the places mentioned by Saunière in his diary. This help is guaranteed to have taken the form of a secret society possibly from within members the Catholic Church itself. Precisely who is buried there that requires it to be hidden from scrutiny for all time is of course a matter of speculation and until this crypt, should it exist, is examined in a scientific (and a non pre-prejudiced) manner it will remain mere speculation. However it must be said that one doesn’t normally rebury any corpse without identifying it to the world, unless the occupant is extremely well known and and his or her death is contraversial.



The priest François Bérenger Saunière was born in the nearby village of Montazels on the 11th April 1852, apparently (we’re told) at exactly midday. His father had once been the mayor of Montazels where he had also managed a flourmill and had also been the steward of the Marquis de Cazemajou’s Castle. One of Saunière’s brothers Alfred was also to become a priest with a reputation for high living and he too was eventually to also take a role in this story, albeit less obvious. 

Reports say that academically he was not a particularly bright child but did appear to display extraordinary leadership qualities and could often be seen wandering the plateau of Rennes le Chateau leading the other children. On the advice of the priest from nearby Esperaza it was suggested that it would be a good idea for him to enter a seminary to study for the priesthood. This he did in 1874 and despite financial problems was ordained as a priest and took his first parish at Alet-les-Bains, just north of Rennes le Chateau, on 16th July 1879. Alet-les-Bains is a most pretty village on the river Aude that was is the former domain of the enigmatic Abbé Pavillon[I1]  and, it is said, had once been the home of Nostradamus. On 16th June 1882 he was given the title of curate of the church in the village of Clat and finally on 1st June 1885 he took office at the church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine at Rennes le Chateau, replacing the previous incumbent Antoine Croc who had only been in the position three years. Saunière’s appointment more or less coincided with the run up to the French State elections and to the astonishment of his new parishioners he began campaigning very vigorously against the Republicans on the side of the Royalists and making sermons against “keen enemies of Religion and the Fatherland”. Unfortunately for Saunière the Republicans won the election and the authorities in the region promptly denounced him and three other priests in the area[I A2]  for inciting public disorder and trying to influence the electorate. The church authorities ordered that his meagre salary of 75F per month be withheld and the edict was imposed in December 1885 as punishment. Saunière approached his Bishop Monsignor Billard at Carcasonne who, seeing his difficulty, gave him 200 Francs and appointed him to the ‘Petit Seminaire de Narbonne’ where he remained until July 1886 when his suspension was lifted and he returned to Rennes le Chateau.  

Saunière expanded his activities and in May 1890 when he also said mass in Autugnac Church on Sundays. Eventually and contrary to popular belief although the authorities had suspended him as a priest he had already resigned as curé on February 1st 1909 but by 1911 he was officially no longer a priest in the eyes of the church.      

 The reason for his suspension was that in 1909 he was accused by his church masters for trafficking in masses (the saying of masses for money) this had been bought by the church authorities because his sudden lavish expenditure had drawn their attention. The Bishop of Carcassonne had tolerated his activities but when he died the new Bishop had realised that Saunière was up to something and desperately tried to intimidate him into a confession as from where he was getting his money. The direct charges of trafficking in masses were dropped[I A3]  against him after he presented evidence to support his case; however the other charges of disobedience of the Bishop and failure to keep proper records were upheld and the latter two of these charges he was undoubtedly guilty. The church gave him some punishment but as he had already effectively resigned the punishment was ineffective. We are told that he lived the last part of his life penniless, selling religious medals and rosaries to wounded WWI soldiers who were recovering at the nearby village of Campagne les Bains. The loss of income due to the First World War and perhaps the death of some of his benefactors was curtailing his trips abroad where he seemed to have acquired much of his wealth, for it seems he had left the organisation of his affairs to his devoted housemaid Marie Denarnaud, she apparently sent out standard letters that Saunière had written before he had left. He was also accused at this time of taking in German Spies, no doubt an attempt to degrade his character in the eyes of his ever faithful congregation.


The reports of his personal poverty seem to have some substance however paradoxically he is on record that in 1909 he spent over 12000 francs on furniture alone. This is two and half times the estimate he was given to rebuild the entire church. The story surrounding his apparent sudden wealth goes that whilst he had been suspended for his anti-republican activities and shortly after his appointment at Rennes le Chateau in 1885 he had made the acquaintance of the Countess of Chambord[I A4] , widow to the former pretender to the French throne Henry V. In 1887 she gave him 1000 Francs[i5]  that equated to almost a years salary. This loan was to prove useful for this indefatigable curé and then at the age of 35 years old he decided that the church, which had been first consecrated to Saint Mary Magdalene in 1059, had not been renovated for over century and was badly in need of repair and he had received an estimate of 2797.97F for these essential repairs. Encouraged by his friend the Abbé Henry Boudet, curate of the church of Rennes les Bains down in the River Sals valley, he used this money to make some repairs although the architect, a man named Cals had given him a quote to build a brand new building at the cost of 4500F. 


The stories later related by Noel Corbu told that during these repairs the altar stone cracked and the inside was stuffed with dry bracken and there was found three wooden tubes sealed with wax. Inside these tubes were apparently documents. Corbu’s story continues that these documents consisted of genealogy of the bloodline one dated 14th March 1244[I6]  and the other from 1200 to 1644 giving six lines of descent related to the 17th century priest Saint Vincent de Paul[I A7]  and another was a testament from 1695 invoking five saints that caused Saunière to erect statues dedicated to them in his church. A later disclosure revealed that there were other documents that contained some passages from the bible written in Latin and these carried coded messages[I8] . It has been alleged that a previous Rennes le Chateau priest, Abbé Antoine Bigou, composed these last two encoded passages, in the 1780s. Another suggestion is that they were written by Jean-Paul de Nègre de Fondargent around 1753. Bigou had been the personal chaplain of the noble Blanchefort family and the confidant of Marie de Nègre d'Ables dame d'Hautpoul Countess of Blanchefort. On the death of the noble lady, Bigou appeared to take an inordinate length of time to compose the gravestone of Marie de Blanchefort producing at the end of it a headstone full of errors. The words on this headstone (errors et al) were actually recorded in 1905 during a visit by a member of the local scientific society. The Blanchefort family, on the eve of the French Revolution, had been the most prominent local landowners in the area. Indeed previous members of the Blanchefort family had been associated with some secret that was apparently too dangerous to even share with siblings. Bertrand de Blanchefort had been a Knight’s Templar Grand Master and a local mountain that bears the name Blanchefort can be seen from Rennes le Chateau towards the east. Bigou had fled to Spain (possibly Girona) during the French revolution and died there but rumours have it that a priest from the nearby village of Brenac had fled along with Bigou. Another curiosity is that Bigou didn’t take the shortest route to Spain but went via a place very close to Névian, a place mentioned by Saunière in his enigmatic diary entry.


Whatever the source of his wealth the next thing Saunière began to spend money as if there was no limit.  He built a water tower to supply the villagers with piped water; he also initiated the building of a four and a half kilometre road from the nearby town of Couiza. He built his luxury Villa Bethania; he built his library tower, La Tour Magdala perhaps echoing the name of the village patron Saint, Mary Magdalene, but perhaps echoing something that both this tower and Mary Magdalene had taken both their names. This tower was perched on top of an esplanade made of fine stone, at the other end was a glasshouse containing exotic birds and plants. Saunière through the Countess of Chambord was able to draw the attention of royalty to Rennes le Chateau and VIP visitors were clearly expected to walk this esplanade between his library tower and this glasshouse. These special visitors would be able to admire the view of the Haut valleé d’Aude to one side as I did their promenade and admire the shaded gardens on the other side after enjoying a fine meal in the Villa Bethania, what was so special about this place that could rank the attention of these people? Though curiously less opulent, Saunière kept his most enigmatic creations for his church, which he decorated in the style of the late nineteenth century and where as we shall see he left some strange icons and puzzles that are largely overlooked by visitors but probably more significantly it’s what he didn’t put in his church that’s more intriguing.

 [I A2]Tailhan curate of Roullens, Jean curate of Bourriege and Delmas vicar of Alet.

 [I A3]Saunière was accused of trafficking in masses the judgement was given on November 5, 1910. For his disobedience to the Bishop he was condemned to go for one sacerdotal to an old people's home or monastery of his choice to make the spiritual exercises there for the duration of 10 days; within 2 month. For the charge of traffic of mass, the court did not have sufficient evidence and was unconvinced that Saunière had made money by mass trafficking. However for his unexplained expenditure, Saunière was ordered to communicate his accounts to the bishop within a time of one month and given a 10 days deadline to appeal. However Saunière did not present his accounts to the bishop and on the council of the Abbé Huguet, he lets the time pass to present his case in front the Congregation of the Council in Rome in the beginning of February 1911.

 [I A4]Madame Cavailhé de Cousan

 [i5]He may also have had a visit from Archduke Johann Salvator of Austria who also gave him money and who later disappeared. More on this later

 [I6]It is worth noting that the massacre at Montsegur took place two days after this.

 [I A7]Founder of the Lazarists

 [I8]TThese were probably not found by Sauniere although they do exist and are relevant.

It is now known that in 1900, Saunière attended at least three meetings of a Martinist lodge in Lyons. Pages of the Lodge minute book reveal his presence as an honourable guest

It says:

"Dans la registre de la Très Révérente Loge à l'Orient de Lyon "La haute Philospophie"... sur la liste le présent 'd'honneur' , L’Abbé Saunière"


Abbé Paul Roca 

Contemporary of Beranger Saunière at Perpignon

Canon Roca

Gnostic Priest

Some of Abbé Roca's writings

Controversy between H.P. Blavatsky and the Abbé Roca

Article on Father Paul Roca (1830-1893)

By Eugene Cortade


Official Report of the Installation and Blessing, in the church square, of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes (21 June 1891)

"In the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, on the twenty-first day of June, on the feast day of St. Louis de Gonzague. To commemorate the First Communion of 24 children of the parish and to bring to a close the spiritual exercises of the retreat that had been preached by the Reverend Father Farrafiot[?], diocesan missionary, of the Family of St. Vincent de Paul, residing at Notre Dame de Marseilles, the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, after being carried through the principal streets of the parish by 4 men on a magnificent litter accompanied in procession by the entire parish and an enormous crowd that had gathered from miles around, was duly installed and blessed right there in the square, thanks to the same missionary zeal that eight days before had evangelized the inhabitants of Rennes-le-Château. This beautiful family occasion ended with an enthusiastic address by the Venerable Father, with three cheers in honour of the Virgin Mary, and with the blessing of the Holy Sacrament. At the end of this ceremony all the children of the First Communion, led by the Curé of the parish and accompanied by our dear diocesan missionary, entered the garden of the Virgin and there, beneath the Virgin Mary's gaze, at the feet of the Holy Mother, as witness of their various promises and oaths, they allowed the Photographer to record, along with their beautiful costumes, their faces in which are reflected such innocence and happiness."

Present at this solemn occasion were: the curés of Couiza and Espéraza, Monsieur l’abbé Fournier.

B. Saunière, priest
Curé of the Parish of Rennes-le-Château

Names of the people who had the happiness and honour to carry the statue:
Messieurs Antoine Captier; Zacharie Peihou [?]; Jean Maury; Feuillet

Done at Rennes-le-Château on the day, month and year stated above

B. Saunière, priest 


Basically the statue was paraded around the streets of Rennes le Chateau on 21st June 1891.

21st June is the Summer Solstice.

The pagan festival of the Summer Solstice lasts for three days finishing on 24th June which is known by them as Midsummers Day.

24th June is also the feast day St John the Baptist.

The name Saint Louis de Gonzague is actually incorrect, his correct name was Saint Louis Gonzague, Duke de Nevers or more correctly Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

Followers of the story will note that Louis de Nevers (the real name of Saint Louis de Gonzague) is listed as the 15th Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. The 14th Grand Master is listed as Ferdinand de Gonzague and the 13th is Connetable de Bourbon Charles de Montpensier and de Bourbon, Duke of Chatellerault, who was arguably the most powerful man in France in the early 16th century. Charles de Montpensier was the son of Claire Gonzaga. His sister was married to the Duke of Lorraine who was the grandson of Iolande de Bar (another Grand Mistress of the POS) and the Great Grandson of Rene de Anjou who needs no introduction.

Connetable de Bourbon knew Leonardo da Vinci from his time as Viceroy of Milan and Leonardo had been a military engineer for the Connetable de Bourbon from 1515 to 1517. It seems also that the father of Ferdinald de Gonzague, the Duke of Mantua was a patron of Leonardo da Vinci. Ferdinand de Gonzaga(14th GM) and the Connetable de Bourbon(13th GM) were cousins. Ferdinand de Gonzaga (Ferrante de Gonzaga) was famous for his interest in esoteric matters. The Priory documents are a little odd concerning the death of Ferrante de Gonzaga.

Louis de Nevers (Saint Louis de Gonzague) was the nephew of Ferrante de Gonzaga. Louis de Nevers brother was married to a Hapsburg. During the French Wars of Religion he became involved with Henry IV, a protestant king, and served as his Superintendent of Finance. in this capacity he would have come into contact with the father of the next POS Grand Master Robert Fludd. Louis de Nevers spent some time in England and as such came into contact with Sir Philip Sidney author of the poem Arcadia. Also he is thought to have been involved with Giordano Bruno.

Louis de Nevers' successor was Robert Fludd. Fludd was called to Marseilles to tutor the young Duke de Guise (Louis de Nevers had been allied to this family during the Wars of Religion) who later married Henriette-Catherine de Joyeuse who owned the chateau at Couiza and surrounding area including the site of the so-called Poussin tomb. The Duke de Guise conspired against the French throne and eventually went into voluntary exile in Italy. In 1640 the Duke de Guise died but his wife was not allowed to return to France until she consented to sell the area of Couiza and Arques to the French crown.

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