Pierre Plantard, His Grandfather and Henri Boudet

Paul Smith

22 January 2018
Put Online at: 18:00 GMT

Here’s a transparent example of Pierre Plantard’s fertile imagination that produced many fantasies – in his preface to the 1978 reprint of Boudet’s book La Vraie Langue Celtique, Plantard claimed that his grandfather, Charles Plantard, visited Rennes-le-Château on 6 June 1892 and met Bérenger Saunière, Henri Boudet and Elie Bot. On the following day, Boudet allegedly presented Charles Plantard with a copy of his book La Vraie Langue Celtique. In the same preface Plantard went on to invent the fantasy that Henri Boudet provided Abbé Bérenger Saunière with a total of 13 million francs between 1887 and 1915, paid via Marie Dénarnaud.

Two straightforward facts:

1) Pierre Plantard did not know anything about Rennes-le-Château before the early 1960s. Plantard’s first reference to Henri Boudet was in the 1965 Priory of Sion document ascribed to Madeleine Blancasall – when he must have been suffering from amnesia – because he failed to mention any of the fantasies he later referred to in 1978.

2) “Charles Plantard (born at Sémelay 1841 – died at a later date than that of the death of his son Pierre, 30 August 1922), was the grandfather of the Grand Nautonier. He worked first as a servant at Châteauneuf (Mars-sur-Allier) and then as a day-labourer residing at La Beurrière in Magny-Cours and then at La Machine. He disappeared without trace, abandoning his three children, including the eldest, Pierre.”

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