The 'mystery' at Rennes-le-Château is set against an historical backdrop of several centuries.
Where indeed is the 'lost' treasure of Jerusalem, the religious artefacts stolen from the ancient Temple of Solomon by Roman Emperor Titus in AD70? It was taken back to Rome in triumph only to be stolen again by the Visigoths in the 5th century, who allegedly laid the treasure to rest in the region of the Aude around 410AD.

The ancient Aude is later littered with mysterious medieval knights, persecuted religious sects and heresies in high degree. The region harbours strange legends about the last resting place of the 'mummified body of Christ' and other biblical characters. Alongside are the 'facts' concerning high ranking Roman families from New Testament times [particularly the Herodian family] exiled to the same general area in Roman times. Are any of these legends and events connected in some way?

It is in to this backdrop that the infamous Saunière was born. He became priest of the village of Rennes-le-Château at the end of the 19th century. Did Saunière know anything about these legends - or was it perhaps his estranged colleague Henri Boudet, fellow priest at the twin village of Rennes-les-Bains who knew? Or is the story of Saunière just a local story of criminal activity and fraud as the Church asserts?

These startling legends are fodder for the machinations of a bizarre and not so secret Secret Society, the infamous Priory of Sion.  As far as our current knowledge is concerned, this Priory consisted mainly of two steering characters - Pierre Plantard and Philippe de Chérisey. They had, between them, added more information to the Saunière drama. But was this really inside information about the Affair of the Two Rennes or did they make up all sorts of stories and add them to the existing mystery? If so, for what reason? After all, Chérisey confirmed slyly that this is pretty much what he had done. Was it for effect or did he want to impart clues to his audience?

Perhaps we should see Chérisey as a type of ancient Mat, [Fool], on an initiatic journey himself? Chérisey certainly used Tarot metaphors to describe his quest. He was more precisely a Bateleur - a "sleight of hand artist", or practitioner of stage magic. But a Bateleur also means a "Personne qui amuse le public, en plien vent, par de bouffonneries, des tours de force ou d'adresse', the English translation being 'A person who entertains the public, literally .... by great energy or by great stretches of the imagination or mode of speech'. This fits Chérisey to a 'tee'. He was an actor, an author, a radio personality and an extraordinary literary wit and fabulous writer, much under-estimated in my view. But to my mind it also fits Plantard. He too was an author, poet and a visionary if you will. He was perhaps not as talented as Chérisey in writing terms but both can be associated with the Bateleur/Magician - suggesting "a trickster-wizard". They are tricksters because they form an illusion which can seem real. To understand Plantard and Chérisey one must see the manipulations so you will believe and you will see and you will hear.

In these guises Chérisey was able to throw off superficial researchers .... and this has in nearly all circumstances worked! Because of this, it is my firm view, that both Plantard and Chérisey have been grossly misunderstood. They are labelled fakes, charlatans and hoaxers by those who did not know them and who did not want to understand them and by those who exercise their own agenda and do not grasp a/the 'bigger' picture. For Plantard and Chérisey did - in their own individual styles, different yet so complimentary - tell us things we did not know about regarding the mystery of the two Rennes and to which, in the end, we chose not to listen.

This site attempts to re-dress the balance.

Plantard and Chérisey had both met Noel Corbu, the person who inherited the Saunière estate directly from Marie Denarnaud. Denarnaud was Saunière's lifelong companion and confidante. She was by his side when he made his 'discoveries', she was by his side when he was digging in the cemetery and church and upturning graves in the dead of night, she covered for him by sending out pre-prepared fake letters when he was missing from the village, to make it look like he was still in the village! She said to Corbu that she knew a secret pertaining to religion and promised Corbu that one day she would tell him about an incredible secret that would make him very powerful.  Denarnaud herself, after the death of her beloved priest, gave religious lessons in the village. A village elder who attended these readings, recalled one in particular, saying that Marie often taught Catholicism in the Sunday school - and after a particular class, when she had finished, she closed the book, looked at them and said ‘my poor kids, if you only knew.’

What could she have possibly meant by that?

What do we do at Rhedesium?

French researcher Jérôme Choloux said of his website that it was created out of a passion for Rennes-le-Château research. So to is this site. Rhedesium was created out of a passion for the area of Rennes-le-Château and its history.

Rhedesium is unpretentious. It does not purport to have solved anything but only reveals the work of researchers who have the same passion and who have something interesting to say.

I would like the truth about Rennes-le-Château to be told. I do not subscribe to the elitist attitude that any religious or holy mystery is not 'for the dogs'. I say religious or holy mystery only because the 'modern' mystery starts with a priest. I believe that in 2022 and beyond, nothing within this mystery has a right to be kept secret, whatever it may turn out to be and regardless of how others might view it based on their own religious or political or personal/family views.

“How do we do it?”

The information on this site is given freely – because any information given to me was also given freely. Many researchers offer their ideas and theories and this website will endeavour to present them in a way for all those who are interested in the subject to read about. This website does not champion one theory to the exclusion of all others. Contemporary texts are looked at, reproduced and at times translated. Links are provided. All manner of resources are utilised - British and French libraries, internet forums, local and contemporary archaeological societies, newspapers, blogs, discussion forums etc.

I personally also advocate the use of intuition. Not the type of intuition where one just sits in a chair and trusts without exercising intelligence. Not the intuition where one links one idea to another with no logic and progressively end up with wild fantastical illogical theories. I advocate deep study of the subject which should cover all the numerous possibilities and scenarios of 'truth' because a chance exists that odd links which do not seem to fit may very well be true, however obscure. This is what i like to call the Ariadne Thread of Rennes. When your gut instinct tells you what is - and isn't - important this produces a feeling of apprehending the true nature of information.  I kind of liken it to Newton's 'eureka' moment - a moment which is described as a sudden, triumphant discovery, inspiration, or insight.  Literally known as the eureka effect it is the common human experience of suddenly understanding a previously incomprehensible problem or concept. Isaac Newton - one of the most influential scientists in history was strolling through a garden when he was struck with a flash of creative brilliance that would change the world. While standing under the shade of an apple tree Newton saw an apple fall to the ground. “Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,” Newton wondered. “Why should it not go sideways, or upwards, but constantly to the earth’s centre? Assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. There must be a drawing power in matter.” And thus, the concept of gravity was born.

For Rhedesium it is imperative to keep an open mind because, by definition, we do not have all the information required. The information is scrambled and disparate, deliberately so. We have to understand an incomprehensible problem or concept from limited information. We must empty ourselves of pre-conceptions and start from the beginning and think how our protagonists thought through history. It is sometimes supremely difficult to grasp this aspect, even for trained modern historians. However it is by utilising these insights that can lead to penetrating mental discernment; where we may experience seeing the inner character or underlying truth of the issue. Like a 'birds eye' view - it will give us the ability to have a clear, deep, and sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation.

Along with this - Einstein said; "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift". In this way some Rennes researchers seem to have given way to the servant by the adage that 'if it isn't written down and provable, it isn't true'. The sacred gift of insight is forgotten - and they ignore the power or act of seeing into a situation or penetrating a deeper issue. They ignore the inner nature of things or refuse to see intuitively just for the benefit of the servant.

Both approaches in and of themselves are legitimate but the total exclusion of one or the other is probably not the best way to delve in to this mystery!

These two types of thinking accurately describes the different 'seekers' in the Rennes Affair. Commonly known as the believers and the non-believers. The believers think more is happening than meets the eye in the affair of the Two Rennes, while the non-believers believe the 'mystery' can be explained by asserting that Saunière was a liar. In fact some researchers aggressively accuse everyone in the entire 'mystery' who are believers of being liars, or fraudsters or hoaxers or criminals.

However there are elements of the Saunière story that cannot be 'explained away' by the assertions of the 'non-believers', for example, by the simple 'traffic in masses' theory. Intuition should tell you that Saunière digging tombs up in the cemetery at night with Denarnaud was odd behaviour and a red flag - suggesting something not quite right was happening! Prepared letters sent out by Denarnaud when Saunière was away from the village, to make it look like he wasn't away from the village is odd behaviour and a red flag. The actions Saunière took inside his church were odd. The altar to the Virgin not far from the original pulpit was removed and Saunière built concealed recesses here. Why? A red flag! The famous discovery of a tomb on 21/9/1891 culminates at the end of all his actions of controlling access to the church and cemetery and after he had been digging around in the cemetery and church. After Saunière wrote this specific entry in his diary, he recorded that he left for a retreat, visited various priests and then returned back to the village. There is a visit from 4 unknown colleagues to Rennes and then Saunière begins new work in the church with a new set of workmen. All of these actions intuitively should be a red flag to you!  No researcher can explain satisfactorily these actions and what Saunière was up to.

“Whom do we do it for?”

The magic of research and learning and discovering in relation to Rennes-le-Château has left some of us jaded. The genre has become littered with charlatans and money makers and unsavoury characters which make it easier for non-believers to cry 'hoax' for the mystery. Being directly associated with the worst charlatan of all - under these circumstances i decided that it would be best to work alone - hence this website and creation of the magazine. As one fellow researcher told me [one who i totally respect and who has 100% integrity] during this particularly horrific time, i might be 'redeemed' [ i.e do something that compensates for a poor judgement in the past] through the website and magazine.

The website is here for other researchers to use as they see fit and to avail themselves of the information that is here. It is to provide ideas and points of view perhaps not considered before by researchers. It is to provide translations of documents to make them accessible to the English speaking world. It is to foster good relations with French researchers and others. It is for those researchers who are responsible, do not break the law [in the process of their research] and for those who respect the villages of Rennes-le-Chateau and Rennes-les-Bains and the locality, the people who live there and the history of the area.

This site does not advocate trespassing and carrying out illegal activities in the name of 'research' in any way.

It is for those who genuinely seek the truth and would like to know the truth for truths sake.

“What value are we bringing?"

The value will be for the English speaking world to be opened up to the world of the French view of the mystery, as well as to expand, review and update their own ideas with new knowledge. I would argue that there is a great divide between the English view of the Saunière story [Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had offspring which - to me - seems a total red herring, even if the scenario is possible historically] and the French view [which seems predominately to be about a tomb of Christ or at least an important biblical character buried in the area]. Therefore the value, hopefully of this site, is that in a very small way, however clumsily, the imbalance is redressed for English researchers and a more accurate truthful image of the Affaire de Rennes is obtained.

As well as this site there is a magazine also published - which you can view HERE.

I am currently working on an analysis of LE SERPENT ROUGE

Contact me : editor@rhedesium.org