07 Jan

Radio Magdala is an excellent site for information into the engima of Rennes-le-Chateau. Here are two recent entries they have made;

"Alluding to the many legends that exist in Rennes-le-Château, René Descadeillas admits that the best known, [&] most popular, is that there are heaps of gold buried in the area: that is Rennes-le-Chateau, but also in Rennes-les-Bains. This story defies time, he adds ...;

Among these other "legends", ... he list further:

In December 1340, two monks of the abbey of Boulbonne discover buried treasure on a mountain, near Limoux, using magic. Denounced and judged, they were condemned to perpetual 'mur' [?].

In July 1374, a statement made before a notary, in Perpignan, certifies that a considerable treasure, transferred, rests near a place called Roc de l'agile - This document, in Latin, is supplemented by a geometric figure and ends with the statement of a curse for [any] attempting to seize, without right - that deposit.

In August 1384, a petition was filed by a prince from the East, about a hidden treasure in the hollow of a mountain in the province of Guyenne of which he was aware. He willingly gave up the gold, silver and other jewels, which belonged legitimately to the King of France, to claim the two barrels of balsam deposited in this place.

In 1541, Paracelsus, German hermeticist, leaving a spiritual will in which he revealed the existence of three treasures still secret, one located between France and Spain, and one described as very big and very powerful.

In 1555, in his Centuries Nostramadus reflects on the existence of a rock with buried treasure underneath the chain Guien. He also recalls the risk incurred by those who try to uncover it.

In 1611, Louis XIII entrusts Jean Vauquelin lieutenant-general in the Languedoc, to render impracticable a series of tunnels and underground spaces in the region of Rennes.

October in 1661 Jean Loret, poet and gossip columnist, refers in his burlesque Gazette, to a partial discovery of a treasure in the diocese of Alet. Blaise Hautpoul's, lord of Rennes and Bishop Nicolas Pavillon, is disputing the property and ownership [?]. Finally, just before the Revolution, on the basis of testimony saying that the Devil had their gold coins on Blanchefort, peasants of Montferrand summoned a wizard to obtain the loot. The case was cut short and the Marquis de Fleury, owner of the land went to trial against those who behaved in conquered territories [i.e. the land belonged to Fleury?]

These historical references are very interesting ....Radio Magdala also mentions some activity of Henri Boudet:

Little-known strong story which is quite authentic.

Trust willingly given to Father Henri Boudet, the priest of Rennes-les-Bains, earned him one day visiting a notary Toulouse. He was invited to choose from among the people of his parish, three or four citizens for whom he could rely. Together in buying certain parcels of land all located on the territory of the municipality designated in advance. The most amazing thing is that these areas were in scrubland or uncultivated hillsides. Of course, the notary provided the funds for these purchases. Boudet found buyers to formalise these transactions. Obviously, the purchased land became the property of those whose names were on the deeds. The matter was dropped when, barely a year later, Boudet learned of the death of the notary of Toulouse. While walking on a country road, he had been killed by a stone that hit his head. Crime or accident? The perpetrator was never identified *.  Weirder still, a check in the Cadastre showed that all the parcels of land in question did not belong to the buyers at the time, and in a short time, they passed into other hands. A file exists on this thorny matter

* It should probably be noted that this matter gave rise  to a rumour that  in 1973, Maurice Guinguand, who in his book The Gold of the Templar's (Robert Laffont, ed.) says that in 1884 (sic), the Abbé Saunière, during a hunting party, pushed into an empty hole [?]  a notary who had previously presented scrolls, about a secret hidden in the church of Rennes-le-Château. The two men had a disagreement on sharing profits.