This list does not claim to be complete, because the nature of the Rennes le Chateau saga there will be many working hypotheses. The treasure mysteries can be classified into three categories:
theses "not of treasure",
theses "occult mysteries".
Some of the theses are reproduced here and will surprise you.
This author remains neutral to most of these theories this is merely a list of known theories.
The treasure of the White Queen of Castille - Blanche de Castille having to face the revolt of 'pastoureaux', takes the Royal Treasure to the shelter of the strengthened city of Rhedae where it still remains. It finally will be forgotten, and then lost by King Philippe le Bel, but then rediscovered by Bérenger SAUNIERE and will be the origin of his fortune. It is one of the first tracks which was explored. It seems historically very adventurous.
SEE: Mr. Noël Corbu.
The treasure of the templiers. It is required in various forms in the surroundings of Rennes le Chateau, often towards the castle of Bézu which has the reputation to have been a Templar (often discussed, but it seems that some say that the castle was never a Templar Commanderie, it is however marked as such on the IGN map). The versions differ according to researchers are too numerous to be able to be summarized here.
Interesting detail with regard to this: Before being interested in the business of Rennes, Gerard de Sède had published "The Templiers are among us" with Pierre Plantard providing the documents. The treasure of the false coiners (Forgers) of Bézu. This thesis is founded on good historical fact: In the 14th century, a man called Guillaume CATALANI, nephew of the Pope BENOIT XII, is caught manufacturing counterfeit money in the castle of Bézu, close to Rennes le Chateau. At that time the forgers are generally condemned to death, however one escaped. This is probably thanks to the situation of his uncle, but also because the currency which he manufactured was, of good quality. The goal would thus not have been to mislead on the real content gold contained in the currency, but to give legal tender to a good gold whose origin is still not known to date. Bérenger SAUNIERE would then have found the source of this gold... SEE: History of the treasure of Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac, Bélisane Editions, March 1985 (page 316).
The Paris Shepherd. Name of a shepherd who, in the search of a lost sheep supposedly lost in a cave, found at the bottom of which a large quantity of gold as well as human skeletons. Returning to the village with his hat full with part of this treasure, he refused to answer the the villagers questions and killed. Gerard de Sède tells a lot of this history in an attempt to prove the presence of an old treasure near Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac locates this business about 1645.
SEE: The gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger Saunière ... Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967 (page 75 and 170). History of the treasure of Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac, Editions Bélisane March 1985 (page 106).
The treasure of Jerusalem. At the time of the breaking of the siege of Jerusalem in 70 C.E, Titus then carries a part of the treasure of Jerusalem to Rome. This is historical fact. It was then recovered by the Visigoths, at the time of the sacking of Rome into 410 C.E. It was then brought back and deposited in their territory of South-West Europe and they would have been obliged to bury it to deal with advancing Franks after the battles of Vouillé in 508 C.E). At the time Rhedae would have been a powerful city of sufficient importance which could have been used as refuge for this known treasure.
With respect to Rennes le Chateau, this thesis was initially developed by Gerard de Sède in several of his books. This theme was taken again and discussed by many authors. It originates in the work of Firmin JAFFUS: "The city of Carcassonne contained a part of the treasure of Jerusalem?", but this is even based on an older local tradition. SEE: Firmin JAFFUS: "the city of Carcassonne contained a part of the treasure of Jerusalem?".
The gold of Rennes, or the strange life of Béranger Saunière curé of Rennes le Chateau. Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967. The tomb of Roland.
That of the song and the collar of Roncevaux. There is little information on this thesis, but I know that it currently inspires still a certain number of researchers. Curious thing, the tomb of Roland was indicated to the place called La Val Dieu in a "Cartoguide Shell" of the Eighties. SEE: Article in the Dispatch of the South, June 5, 1978 The treasure hidden with the revolution. The Abbé Saunière could have found the treasure hidden by his predecessor Antoine BIGOU, refractory priest with the revolution. Indeed, at the time of the French revolution, the goods of the church were often monopolized and the priests had the obligation to lend oath to the incipient republic. The priest of Rennes le Chateau of the time refused to lend this oath (1792) and was obliged to exile itself in Spain or he died in 1794. It is not incredible to think that before leaving, he hid the goods of his church inside that church with a message hidden for its successor for more lenient times. SEE: The gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger Saunière curé of Rennes le Chateau. Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967. History of the treasure of Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac. 1985. Rennes le Chateau and the enigma of which cursed gold. Jean Markale, 1985. (Page 108 and following)
The treasure in Arab gold coins. At least two genuine recoveries of Gold coins in the surroundings of Rennes le Chateau have been found, These were gold coins of Arab origin that were amalgamated in bitumen. These two instances, similar, have experienced several years of variation and have never received a satisfactory explanation. The first lucky find took place in 1860 in Bézu by RED Mr.. SEE: Article of the Free South, May 16, 1986.
The treasure of Cathares. This treasure is famous. At the time of the fall of Montségur in 1244, four cathares escape with a "treasure" (we do not know what it was exactly made up of: however. Mount BUGARACH would have had a sacred importance for the Cathares who could have chosen to bury it there. It has to be noticed however that on the one hand Montségur and Bugarach are some moved apart and that to move this treasure this way would have presented many risks in a country controlled by the Crusaders. In addition, at the time of the crusade, Rennes is not already any more a town of importance. The song of the crusade brings back the cache of the castle of Bézu (from the very start of the hostilities the area is controlled by the armies of Simon of MONTFORT who also attacked Coustaussa), but does not even announce Rennes le Chateau.
The treasure of Volkes tectosages. A Roman proconsul of the name of Cæpion took from a votive lake 80 tons of gold and money and immediately re-melted this into ingots. This apparantly disappeared during its transport towards the port from Narbonne following an attack from Volkes tectosages upset by this profanation of their sacred offerings. They would have then withdrawn to the high valley of the Aude and would have hidden the treasure in this area which is easy to defend.
Traffic of masses (1). The Abbé Saunière could have grown rich illegally while proceeding to say a vast number of masses. At this time, the priests could ask for masses to say to round off their ends of the month, a process which the priest of Rennes le Chateau would have misused. What is certain it is that he actually asked for many masses, more than he could have said. This is a favourite of the Rennes detractors, however it is impossible and would have been insufficient to finance his work and his way of life. SEE HERE
It was under this charge that its bishop Mgr of Beauséjour brought a lawsuit against Saunière.
SEE: Notebooks of correspondence the 1915-1917 week religious of Carcassonne of February 1911 the incredible destiny of the Abbé Sauniere the lawsuit 1909-1910, editions Bélisane 1994. Note on Rennes le Chateau and Abbé SAUNIERE (Rene Descadeillas) Traffic of mass (2). It is proven that the Abbé Saunière asked more for masses than he could honour (see for example its notebooks of correspondences, to also see the advertisement published in the religious week of Carcassonne), he also seems that he redistributed some with various his fellow-members. This approach of the thesis of the traffic of mass has several implications: On the one hand, the required masses would have been honoured. In addition, while thus proceeding, Béranger Saunière would have shorted-circuit the authority of its bishop, because generally it is not proven that it was redistributed masses to his priests. This is in particular one of the proper theses for the defence of Bérenger SAUNIERE. SEE: Claire CORBU, Antoine CAPTIER, the heritage of the Abbé Saunière. editions Bélisane 1985. The incredible destiny of the Abbé Saunière the lawsuit 1909-1910, editions Bélisane 1994.
Gold traffic with Spain. The Abbé Saunière could have grown rich by making a traffic in gold with Spain. An investigation of gendarmerie of the brigade of Couiza appears to have taken place in 1917. The Spanish authorities have, in their turn carried out a survey in this direction around 1930. SEE: Article in the L'Indépendant, 22 March 1980.
The princely family of the HABSBOURG. For reasons which remain yet to be cleared up, Abbé SAUNIERE appears to have been in liaison with this famous family which would have ordered work for him in his church and would have financially maintained it. In the support of this thesis, there is an eye witness report of a character received at the village by the Abbé who was called the foreigner because of his Prussian accent. Some also speak about a banking account which he is supposed to have had in Hungary.
The plundering of tombs In 1895, Abbé SAUNIERE undertook to restore the cemetery of Rennes le Chateau which was in a bad condition. This night work completed with the assistance of his confident Marie DENARNAUD which made a scandal and caused sharp reactions and made the town council indignant at the time. Some put forth the assumption according to which the priest could have benefited from this work to carry out excavations, even quite simply to plunder tombs. In 1895, the Abbé was already engaged in important expenditure, as private individuals for the restoration of the church. SEE: Two letters of complaint of the town council concerning work of abbot SAUNIERE in the cemetery. Note on Rennes le Chateau and Abbé SAUNIERE (Rene Descadeillas) Mr. Noël Corbu.
Poussin and Tenier. There existed until about 1990, in the locality Les Pontils, a tomb which evoked the tombstone of the Shepherds of Arcadie. Some tried to make a relation between this late construction, Nicolas Poussin and Fouquet, their relations, the sudden fortune of this last person and his sudden and final disgrace.
The True Celtic Language. The priest of Rennes-les-Bains, is the author of a very much discussed work that came out in 1886: The true Celtic language and Cromleck of Rennes-les-Bains. By this work, Abbé BOUDET, in accordance with the "celtisante" fashion of the time, wished to rehabilitate an original Celtic language. But many curiosities in this work led certain researchers to think that it could be a question there of a coded work driven with a esoteric secrecy . This thesis is probably one of the most exploited the these last years. SEE: The Solar Alphabet. J.L. CHAUMEIL and J RIVER, Guy Trédaniel editor (1996).
The Way of Cross and the plan of the church. This thesis, which is mainly due to Gerard de Sède, maintains that the priest hid the plan of access to the treasure in the esoteric symbolism of his church, so much in its plan as in its decoration. SEE: The gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger Saunière curé of Rennes le Chateau. Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967. Key of the Kingdom of deaths, file n°3. A. GÖTE, SPATZ, editions workshop impressed.
The alchemical treasure. The Abbé Saunière could have been holder of the fabulous secret which allows the transmutation of the base metals into gold. There are testimonies concerning the presence of books of alchemy in the library of the Abbé Saunière. SEE: Gold makers. Richard KHAITZINE, ADJ 1990 Occult relations. In very many books, much is made of supposed relationships of Bérenger SAUNIERE with the occultists of his time. However the traces of those are non-existent to date. On the other hand, Alfred SAUNIERE his brother, a priest also, is linked with the Freedom of the Frank-Maçonnerie occultists, while also being familiar to the family of CHEFDEBIEN. In the same way, Alfred was the lover of the marchioness of BOROUGH OF BOZAS, a notorious Martinist. In his report of defence for his lawsuit of 1909-1910, Bérenger SAUNIERE declares that 193.000 F of his income, 20.000 come to him from M.de C (Marquis de Chefdebien?) and 30.000 F from his brother Alfred (death in 1905). This is still nowadays given particular interest that these same occult mediums or their successors, (even of the most various movements, without relationship to the occultism) carry to Rennes le Chateau. To also note that following a badly cleared up scandal, the Abbé Alfred SAUNIERE had big problems with his hierarchy (about 1890-95). SEE: Egyptian masonry, Rosicrucian brotherhood and néo-knighthood. Gerard GALTIER, 1994, editions of the Rock.
Priory of Sion (1): The myth of the conspiracy. Abbé SAUNIERE could have been in relation to a very powerful and influential secret society of the name of Priory from Sion, in which Claude DEBUSSY, Emile HOFFET and Emma CALVE are supposed to have belonged. The latter would have financed work of the Abbé for reasons which are badly elucidated (that depends on the authors). It should be noted that the official creation of the Priory of Sion goes back to 1956... quite simply in the form of an association of law 1901. Its Grand Master Pierre Plantard has the effect of having been the documentalist of Gerard of SEDE, Henry LINCOLN and some other authors. SEE: The Crowned Enigma, (Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Pygmalion editions 1987 lower parts of a political ambition, Mr. PAOLI, associated editors, 1973.
Priory of Sion (2): Secret parchments. One of the reasons advanced to explain the assistance which the Priory of Sion would have brought to Bérenger SAUNIERE, holds so that he may have found parchments and files belonging to the order at the time of work of his church. According to versions', he could have begun work on their indications and would have been remunerated, or he would have resold them after having found said the parchments at the time of work in his church. To notice that this thesis has generated many documents, apocryphal books which are regarded today as forgeries. SEE: The Crowned Enigma, Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1987
Priory of Sion (3): The Mérovingienne descent. The foundation of the Priory of Sion is said to have started with the dismissal of the last of the kings Mérovingiens, DAGOBERT II by the Carolingian usurpers. Its mission would then have been to make a return to the throne this "legitimate" family. Bérenger SAUNIERE could have found in his church of the documents establishing the genealogy carrying out of DAGOBERT II to the family Plantard and may then have resold them to the Priory of Sion. There still, the apocryphal books which circulated (LOBINEAU amongst other things) are supposed forgeries. SEE: The Crowned Enigma, Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1987
Priory of Sion (4): The Christ descent. In continuity with the preceding assumption, and in relation to the following one, the PLANTARD family would go down in descent from the Christ (who had not died on the cross) and from Marie Madeleine (his legitimate wife). His family coming to settle in 40 E.C. in Provence. Bérenger SAUNIERE, by finding the evidence of this fact etc... conspiracy etc... SEE: The Crowned Enigma, (Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1987
The tomb of Jesus. Bérenger SAUNIERE could have found the tomb of Christ. This assumption is based partly on the tradition of Holy Marry sea. After the crucifixion, those (Marie de Magdala and the Blessed Virgin) leave Palestine on board a boat and approach in Provence. The alternative is here that they are accompanied by the Christ who survived the crucifixion (an idea defended by some for a long time). Their tomb would be located, according to the versions, either with Rennes le Chateau even (under the church or in a field in the vicinity), or in the surroundings (Rennes-les-Bains, Pech Cardou). This thesis thus denies the divinity of Jesus and his resurrection.
The high telluric place. For some, Rennes le Chateau and its
surroundings are a high telluric and magic place, and this since the night of
times, as private individuals thanks to famous "the Cromleck". It is in
particular for this reason that the "Rainbow family" continuously maintains
their base camps in the surroundings Rennes-les-Bains.