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This document was only deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris June 1966, although it claims to be copied from Stüblein's book of 1884, and has a note in the name of Abbé Joseph Courtaly of Villarzel-du-Razès (a village in the Rennes-le-Château area) dated April 1962 who said:

"The book by Eugène STÜBLEIN, edition of Limoux 1884, having become very rare, and being perhaps one of the rare owners to have it in his library, I owe it to myself to satisfy the numerous requests of researchers to make a reproduction of the plates of the book, no. XVI to XXIII on the countryside of RENNES-LES-BAINS, RENNES-LE-CHATEAU and ALET."

Courtaly was indeed the parish priest of Villarzel-du-Razès and he died in November 1964, nearly two years before these documents were deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale. Courtaly had retired in Villarzel-du-Razès in 1961 after becoming very ill. He is reported to have made many trips to Rennes-les-Bains to take the waters there and is known to have met Pierre Plantard there.

Eugène Stüblein was a respected astronomer and meteorologist, who also wrote some works on the history and antiquities of the Aude. However, his published works are well known, and there is no record of one called Pierres Gravées du Languedoc. (Note: there is no record of there being a book called La Vraie Langue Celtique... by the Abbé Boudet either but this book clearly existed at the beginning of the 20th century).

The engravings in this collection include the two tombstones of Marie de Nègre d'Ables and the Knight's Stone, which is captioned 'Stone from the sepulchre of the princes Sigebert IV, Sigebert V and Béra III in St Magdalene's church'. (There is nothing to explain how Stüblein could have known that these people were buried beneath the stone, which is supposed to be one of the great secrets of Rennes-le-Château and the Merovingian survival.)

There is something suspicious: the drawing of the Knight's Stone is a genuine one, taken from the 1905 Bulletin of the Society for Scientific Study of the Aude - although Stüblein's signature and the date 1884 have been added. The accompanying text has also been changed to read 'Carolingian tombstone found in 1882-3 under the altar of the Roman church of Rennes-le-Château'.

Obviously, the 1882-3 date was added to explain how the drawing appeared in a book allegedly published in 1884. But that fact remains that Saunière only arrived in Rennes-le-Château in 1885, discovering the Knight's Stone as late as 1887 or 88.

This discrepancy proves that these supposed pages of Stüblein's work is either a fabrication or Saunière didn't find the Knight's stone.

November 1966


This consists of two documents. The first is a copy of an article from the Semaine Catholique Genevoise (Geneva Catholic Weekly) by Lionel Burrus entitled 'Faisons le Point' ('Taking Stock'). This defends Henri Lobineau against critics of his work, and identifies Lobineau as Leo R. Schidlof, who died in Vienna on 17 October 1966 at the age of 80. It also states that Schidlof got his genealogical information about the Merovingians from Emile Hoffet, as well as claiming that the 'Lobineau' document in the Bibliothèque Nationale comprises only a few pages taken from a much longer 50-page work originally written in German.

'S. Roux's' riposte attacks both Burrus and Schidlof, even accusing the latter of being a Soviet agent.

One again, however, all of these complications fail to bear close scrutiny. There was no such journal as the Geneva Catholic Weekly.

This document seems to have been intended as a device to reveal the identity of Lobineau - Schidlof having conveniently died a month before it was deposited in the Bibliothèque Nationale.


Dated February 1967, this is the odd one out of all the papers in the Dossiers secrets, and by far the most enigmatic.Title Page of the Red Serpent.

Whereas the others were historical narratives that told (or claimed to tell) the true story of the Saunière affair and the survival of the Merovingian lineage, The Red Serpent is a curious, symbolic prose-poem, with 13 stanzas named after the signs of the zodiac (with an extra sign, Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer, inserted between Scorpio and Sagittarius), combined with a series of plans and diagrams relating to the seminary of St Sulpice and the nearby church of St Germain des Pres in Paris. The connection between the poem and the other material is not readily apparent, except that some of the allusions in the poem are to St Sulpice. It is dated 17 January 1967.

There is, in fact, no explicit reference to Rennes-le-Château or the Saunière affair in the poem at all. Yet, to someone with a knowledge of Rennes-le-Château, it seems that certain of the allusions are intended to draw attention to it - for example, to the demon Asmodeus associated with the phrase Par ce signe tu le vaincras.

Significantly, The Red Serpent was placed in the Bibliothèque Nationale just a few months before Gérard de Sède's L'Or de Rennes introduced the mystery to a wider French public. Several of the Rennes-related allusions are to places or objects specifically highlighted by de Sède in his book. It is as if the poem was intended to inspire curiosity, which would be more or less immediately satisfied by L'Or de Rennes. In other words, it seems to have been designed in order to draw the attention of certain people to the Rennes-le-Château and Rennes-les-Bains area. The unanswered question is: who was it aimed at?

(The purpose of the earlier Dossiers secrets seems to have been to provide de Sède with apparently genuine sources of reference for his book. For example, he cites the Eugène Stüblein book as if it is a bona fide source - although, as we have seen, it is certainly a fabrication. De Sède was presumably unaware of the dubious nature of the material he was being provided with - and it can be reasonably assumed that it was Pierre Plantard, who was effectively acting as de Sède's consultant, who drew his attention to it.)

There is a further level of mystification about the names of the alleged authors. They are not, for once, pseudonyms - but all three were found dead, having hanged themselves, in different parts of France, on the 6 and 7 March 1967. According to the deposit slip, The Red Serpent (dated, as we have seen, 17 January 1967) was placed in the Bibliothèque Nationale on 15 February, some three weeks before the three alleged authors died.

However, subsequent research found that none of these people had any connection with the others, or even with esoteric activities - and that the deposit slip had been falsified. The text was actually placed in the library on 20 March - after the deaths. It is clear that whoever was really behind the Dossiers secrets picked out three deaths that happened within the space of 24 hours, in order to add a touch of the macabre to their handiwork - a similar trick employed in the case of both Leo Schidlof and the Abbé Courtaly.


Dated April 1967, this work completed the process of introducing the world to the Priory of Sion. In the previous texts, the secret society had been mentioned as being behind the Saunière affair, but no other details were given. The Secret Files of Henri Lobineau included more about the formation and history of the organisation, as well as - famously - a list of its alleged Grand Masters from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The Secrétaire of the Prieuré de Sion Gino Sandri said this is in 2003:

"There is a key which can light many points. This history is not to take literally but it allured Gerard de Sède, fascinated by the nobility and which bases all his novel " La race fabuleuse " ("the fabulous race") on this topic and the prégnant myth of the hidden king. He seizes the advisability of putting in scene mysterious "a marquis de B" of which he receives the confidences. The play becomes extensive then since this 'marquis of B' maintains a correspondence with innumerable "researchers" using with this intention a beautiful writing paper decorated with an unknown blazon! Who hides behind this enigmatic aristocrat who has multiple relays in Razès? Our investigation made it possible to establish that there was a bond between this "marquis of B" and the author of the booklet entitled: "Un trésor Mérovingien à Rennes le château " "a  Mérovingien treasure in Rennes le Chateau". This last, of Belgian nationality, had habit, at the time of its Parisian stays, to go down, under the name of d'Antoine l'Ermite (Anthony the Hermit), with l'Hôtel du Mont d'Or, 19 rue du Mont d'Or, Paris 17ème (Hotel of the Mount of Gold, 19 street of the Gold Mount, Paris 17th). From the 13 to May 17, 1966, he occupies the room n°2 there then, from the 8 to June 19 of the same year, the room n°1. He deposits his publication with the National Library then, publication which receives the [reference number] 8 Lj 9 9537. Another publication is used as reference to Gerard de Sède: " Secret files of Henri Lobineau "by Philippe Tuscan de Plantier. According to Gerard de Sède, this name is unknown at this address and Philippe Toscan de Plantier lives in Bodrun in Turkey. April 11, 1967, this young professor of philosophy [is arrested] by the drug squad and held for possession of LSD [whilst] in the residence of his friend Anne-Marie Rossi, 17 quay of Montebello in Paris. The police force were quite well informed! "honest Man", Philippe Toscan of Plantier does not denounce "his" supplier. The big national dailies of the time [print] an account of these various facts. Gerard de Sède was a faithful reader of these large Parisian newspapers and he could not have been unaware of these various facts!

For half-century now, lived a curious character who was called Henri Lobineau or "Count de Lénoncourt". One could meet him in Paris, where he lived, in Gisors or Rennes-le-Chateau where he had established the headquarters of a strange dispensary. This discrete character had distinguished himself during the second world war. He operated in occupied France and Switzerland for the Count de Selborne, the person in charge of the SOE. When the war was over, he carried out multiple and discrete activities, seeking treasures, negotiating old currencies. He was a relation of Léo Schidlof, antique dealer and historian of art residing in Vienna. Léo Schidlof is the author of the catalogue of a great exposure on the old miniatures in Geneva, in 1956. If curiosity pushes you there, consult some specimens of this trilingual catalogue; the English version is far from being the translation of the French text, it is the same for the German version! Mr N says Henri Lobineau attended a Parisian engineer living which was in Foch. Moreover, this same year, this superb apartment of the Foch avenue was destroyed by a fire. There was no investigation. This year 1967 is rich in varied fact . Is it necessary to speak about Fakar Ul Islam found died in station of Melun following an unfortunate fall from the night train Paris-Geneva? Still a fact various if you want it well. This same year an opuscule "Le Serpent Rouge " "the Red Snake", is the subject of the registration of copyright. However, the three authors mentioned committed suicide quasi simultaneously. Is delirious is contagious what brought certain authors a little overworked to affirm that Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair and the Priory of Sion assassinated three people by hanging! The contents of these small opuscules are certainly delirious but there resides some interesting things at the bottom of it. Then, a last coincidence: in this year 1967, several paperboards of files of the Priory of Sion are concealed, at the time of a burgling, in the apartment of Philippe de Chèrisey, located 37, street Saint-Lazare in Paris. Is there a relationship between all these facts? Five years later a journalist, a part time singer, will try to sell these papers for the highest offer."


Although not strictly part of the Dossiers secrets, the following works nevertheless developed some of the same themes.

One of the books in this category is Nicholas Baucéan's In the Country of the White Queen, published in October 1967 by Phillip de Chérisey. 'Baucéan' is a phonetic rendering of beausant, the name given to the black and white flag of the Templars. It is likely that de Chérisey was the real author.

Pierre Plantard (left) and Philippe de Chérisey.

Philippe de Chèrisey's own novel Circuit, published in Liège, Belgium in 1968, of which there is apparently only one copy - in the Bibliothèque Nationale. The book incorporates several of the themes of the Dossiers secrets. Circuit was also the name of the 'in-house journal' of the Priory of Sion.

Philippe de Chèrisey's The Gold of Rennes for a Napoleon, privately published by de Chèrisey in Paris in December 1975.

Jean Delaude's The Circle of Ulysses, published by Éditions Dyroles in Toulouse, July 1977. This incorporated some of The Secret Files of Henri Lobineau. Jean Delaude ('John of the Aude') was also the name of a reporter who wrote some of the articles on Rennes-le-Château in the regional press in the 1960s, but this may be a coincidence. It is believed that the real author was, again, Philippe de Chèrisey.

Philippe de Chèrisey's The Enigma of Rennes, privately published, June 1978.

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