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By Writer Val Wineyard, a close friend of mine and professional writer.
The priest at Rennes-le-Château had many secrets but for a long time people thought he had only one - what was the treasure he discovered?
It all began for the French in the early 50's, when the newly-opened restaurant in Rennes-le-Château attracted its customers with stories of Blanche of Castille, who hid the ransom, to release her son the king from captivity, in the region near Rennes. It was easy to confuse people with this tale for there were two Blanches; the mother of Saint Louis and the other Blanche who stayed at Rennes-les-Bains for a while to take a cure, around 1362. The town was named after her.
Articles with immense estimations of the value of Bérenger Saunière's treasure appeared in local and national newspapers. A young man called Pierre Plantard, on holiday with his family in Rennes-les-Bains, founded "The Priory of Sion", a secret society which proclaimed the secret was the survival today of the Merovingian bloodline - descended from Jesus himself! It was not a hoax exactly, more an entertaining fantasy game.
Val Wineyard has worked all her life as a freelance writer and editor; meanwhile she moved to the south of France in 1995 where she started writing books. Titles include; "Mysterious France," "Life and Past Lives in Languedoc," "The Visigothic Inheritance", "Mary Jesus and the Charismatic Priest" and her latest; "Looking for Mary M - The Mary Magdalene Research Kit."
Val's research is unusual in that she has studied French sources and so her books contain much information not included in the others. She is a member of "L'Association Via Aquitana" and "Société d'Études Scientifique de l'Aude."
Val's "Carnet intime". as the French say; she adores this region of France, the incredible emotional and spiritual richness of this our land of Occitania. She is red-haired and brown eyed. She is a socialist (all for one and one for all) and detests affectation. She lives alone but surrounded by friends, and has never been so happy, in all her life in rainy England, as she is now since she came to live here in the land of passion and sunshine.
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Val Wineyard, a close friend of mine and professional writer. This article is an extract from the book by Val Wineyard, "Mary, Jesus and the Charismatic Priest." For details click here.
Then the court proceedings were interrupted by Claudia Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate with her plea for Jesus.
Pilate decided to solve the problem and save Jesus by letting one prisoner go, being sure they would choose Jesus as there was no evidence against him. Here he made a great error of judgement but he was “twitchy” - he had only 6,000 soldiers to keep the peace over 250,000 Jews. A mob had gathered outside the courtroom and the Sabbath was the next day, the first day of a week-long holiday when no Jews would work. The Jews cried for Barabbus to be released.
Pontius did not want another protest or uprising on his hands. He took an immense risk in offering to release Jesus, for it would have left him open himself to a charge of treason, but he tried. Everyone in the Roman world was twitchy about the emperor, mad, paranoic Tiberius who had power of immediate life-or-death over all of them.