Synopses & Reviews
Since 1890 the mysterious hoard of gold supposedly discovered by the impoverished parish priest of Rennes-le-Chateau has baffled first his parishioners and later the wider public. Fuelled by ever more fantastic rumours, this mystery has never before been thoroughly investigated and credibly solved. Did Berenger Sauniere find a fabulous treasure in his church at Rennes-le-Chateau which enabled him to rebuild the church and create for himself a luxurious estate? Was it the treasure stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem when the Romans sacked the city in AD 70? Or was it simply knowledge of a secret that brought fabulous rewards to the priest for keeping his silence?
Bill Putnam and John Edwin Wood reveal the true source of Sauniere's wealth and unravel the astounding hoax that has so confused the trail. The hoax is one of the most elaborate ever perpetrated and has grown to include false genealogies and international conspiracies. Was one of these the mysterious Priory of Sion, which closely guarded a secret for 2,000 years? A historical detective story, The Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau: A Mystery Solved will captivate those interested in mystery, conspiracy and archaeology.
Discover the truth behind the mysterious treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau, which is featured in The Da Vinci Code. Here, for the first time the mystery is tackled by objective researchers. The authors have examined the evidence from archaeology, history and decryption and provides the historical evidence missing from the host of other books based on Rennes legend.
In 1885 Berenger Sauniere was appointed priest of Rennes-le-Chateau, a tiny village in the south of France. It is said that he found a fabulous treasure, or was guardian of an amazing secret about Jesus Christ. Many authors have written about the mystery, each adding their own interpretation to an ever-deepening whirlpool of fantasy. The Priory of Sion, a mysterious organisation apparently founded in the 12th century, and boasting among its Grand Masters Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Cocteau and Claude Debussy, is said to lie behind the extraordinary tale. In his recent exciting novel, "The Da Vinci Code", Dan Brown makes much use of the Priory of Sion. But does the Priory of Sion really exist? Bill Putnam and John Edwin Wood have now published a serious study of Rennes-le-Chateau. They come to firm conclusions about mystery and reveal the real source of Sauniere's wealth and the true nature of the Priory of Sion.