The Mystery Deepens
When Holy Blood, Holy Grail first came out the authors received a letter from a retired Anglican priest who claimed that he had “incontrovertible truth” that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross and could have lived to as late a date as 45 AD. On being interviewed he claimed that he had been told the information by another Anglican priest, Canon Alfred Leslie Lilley. Throughout his life, Lilley had maintained contact with the Catholic Modernist Movement that was based at Saint Sulpice in Paris and he had known Emile Hoffet. The authors felt that this connection added authenticity to his claim.

6 The archduke renounced rights to his titles in I 8 8 9 and was banished from the Austrian Empire.

Nicolas Poussin, the previously mentioned French painter, also appears to have been privy to this secret. He was visit­ed in Rome by Abbe Louis Fouquet, the brother of Nicholas Fouquet, the Financial Superintendent to Louis XIV of France, in 1656. After the meeting the Abbe wrote to his brother. Part of the letter reads: “He and I discussed certain things, which I shall with ease be able to explain to you in detail -things that will give you, through Monsieur Poussin, advantages which even kings would have great pains to draw from him, and which, according to him, it is possible that nobody else will ever be able to rediscover in the centuries to come. And, what is more, these are things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this earth can prove of better fortune nor be their equal.” Nobody has been able to explain the rather cryptic message in this letter, but the fact is that shortly after receiving this letter, Nicholas Fouquet was imprisoned for life in solitary confinement. It has been suggested that he was the model for “The Man in the Iron Mask.” All his correspondence was confiscated, and handed over to Louis XIV, who read it only in private. Louis XIV went to great lengths to buy Poussin’s painting, Les Bergers d’Arcadie, which he had hidden away in his private apartments at Versailles.

You will recall that it was a copy of this painting which Berenger Sauniere bought at the Louvre during his visit to Paris. The painting depicts a large ancient tomb, with three shepherds and a shepherdess in the foreground. The setting is of a rugged landscape that is typical of Poussin. The inscription on the tomb reads: “ET IN ARCADIA EGO.” The landscape had long been assumed to be a product of the artist’s mind. However, in the 1970s, an actual tomb was located which was identical in shape, dimensions, vegeta­tion, background and setting. There is even a rocky outcrop that is identical to the one upon which one of the shepherds rests his foot. If you stand just in front of the tomb you will see that the view is exactly the same as the one in Poussin’s painting. The corresponding peak in the background is that of Rennes-le-Chateau. The tomb is located just outside a vil­lage called Arques, six miles from Rennes-le-Chateau and three miles from the chateau of the Blanchefort family. There is no indication of the age of the tomb. The village records state that the land surrounding the tomb belonged to an American, who opened the sepulcher in the 1920s and found it to be empty. He died in the 195 Os, and was later buried in it with his wife. This brings us back to the inscription on the tomb in Poussin’s painting. It appears not to make much sense, as it lacks a verb. “Et in Arcadia Ego” translates to “And in Arcadia I .. . ” However, an anagram of the inscription reads “I TEGO ARCANA DEI,” which means: “BEGONE! I BEHOLD THE SECRETS OF GOD.” Perhaps the mayor of Rennes-le-Chateau was correct when he said to the editors of Dagobert’s Revenge, “This place is the center point of the world.”

Sacred Geometry
Dan Brown rightly emphasizes the importance of the sym­bol of the pentagra!!l in The Da Vinci Code. In the 197Os, Henry Lincoln discovered an almost mathematically perfect penta­gram shaped out of the five mountain peaks which sur­round Rennes-le-Chateau. Other monuments such as churches and chateaux throughout the Aude Valley around the village also created perfect mathematical geometry, forming a network of pentagrams and hexagrams made with even measurements of the “Megalithic Yard.” This was the measurement used when such megalithic monuments as Stonehenge were constructed in prehistory. This geome­try appeared to have been put there by someone quite delib­erately. Lincoln’s investigations into these mysteries have so far resulted in two books, The Holy Place, and Key to the Sacred Pattern, as well as two video documentaries, The Secret: Investigating the Rennes-le-Choteau Mystery with Henry Lincoln and Henry Lincoln’s Guide to Rennes-le-Choteau and the Aude Valley, both distributed by Illuminated Word. Another book, The Templars’ Secret Island, was co-written by Erling Haagensen, and deals with a similar pattern of geometry found on the Danish island of Bornholm.

When asked in an interview with Dagobert’s Revenge magazine how he thought this geometry could possibly occur, Henry Lincoln said that at some point in ancient history someone noticed the pentagonal configuration of the mountains, deemed it to be holy, and then constructed the rest of the geometry around it. He went on to say this:

It is not beyond the capability of homo sapiens actually to con­struct an artificial high point in order to perfect the geometry. You only have to look at the size of Silbury Hill, for instance, which we all know is man-made, or the Great Pyramid. So it is possible that the actual high spots which indicate the pentagon of mountains could have been refined, as it were, though I think that the origi­nal mountains in their natural state were already sufficiently close for it to be astronomically unlikely to have originated by chance. But it did. Then around that natural formation, people began to construct a geometric layout. A thousand years later, perhaps, we eventually come to that later period, in the twelfth century, when the geometry is now being laid out in the Baltic. And there it is very consciously done, and with much, much more precision. It’s a development of what was begun at Rennes-le-Chdteau and is now extended at Bornholm.

The figure that is projected by the mountains surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau is a perfect pentagram -the same figure that is traced out by the orbit of Venus every four years. Venus is personified by the Magdalene, to whom the church at Rennes-le-Chateau is dedicated.

In the same interview, Lincoln repudiates the Priory of Sion as a reliable source of information, going so far as to deny the validity of the information that he has presented in Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy: “The Priory of Sion I know nothing whatsoever about. It is purely hearsay. We don’t know whether it ever existed in the form which Mr. Plantard suggested, or not. We only have their words for it. … I don’t know who the Priory are.”

Lincoln states that the only reliable aspect of whole subject is the geographical geometry which surrounds Rennes-le­Cha.teau and he was led to this discovery by the geometry hidden in the parchments of which the Priory of Sion were custodians.

It is also difficult to dismiss the theory that there is a link between the Judaic Davidic line and the Merovingians. The evidence for this connection throughout history is too strong to ignore. The Priory of Sion has claimed to be the factor that has kept these theories together. Furthermore, according to the Priory ofSion’s own literature, their secrets originated no~ with Christ, but in an area we have not looked at -the antediluvian world. This is the same conclu­sion that other respected researchers into the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau have reached.

It is possible that Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln were acting as the spokesmen for the Priory of Sion when they wrote Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy. Now that this relation­ship has been severed, the messenger may have turned on his employer.

Whatever the case, Henry Lincoln gave another interview after this one which thickens the mystery. In an ABC News special Primetime Monday, Lincoln told host Elizabeth Vargas something quite different. The transcript reads as follows:

Vargas: So the first Merovingian queen was impregnated by a sea
creature, a fish, which you theorize could symbolize Jesus. So the
Merovingian bloodline would be descendants of Jesus.

Lincoln: Mmm hmm.

Vargas: …and this bloodline was threatened by the Orthodox Church…

Lincoln: Mmm hmm.

Vargas: .. .so the Priory of Sion was established to protect this
bloodline, the Merovingian bloodline.

Lincoln: Beautiful. That’s very good.You’ve done it.

Clearly, the truly enigmatic nature of the mystery of Rennes­le-Cha.teau is impossible for even a hardened skeptic like Lincoln to ignore.