Pierre Plantard's Rubbish

Paul Smith

1 January 2016

There isn't anything to “know” about Pierre Plantard and Philippe de Chèrisey, except perhaps that they were third-rate fantasists, liars and charlatans. French authors over the decades have exposed their claims to be rubbish – like in Pierre Jarnac's first series of the magazine Pégase of the 1970s and the chapter “Flashback” in his 1985 book Histoire du Trésor de Rennes-le-Château. Franck Marie, himself a believer in questionable subject matters, called his chapter on Pierre Plantard “On The Threshold of Madness” in his 1978 book Rennes-le-Château: Étude Critique. Laurent ‘Octonovo’ Buchholtzer, a believer in the mystery of Bérenger Saunière's activities, was equally scathing about Plantard in his 2008 book, Rennes-le-Château: Une Affaire Paradoxale – bringing to attention the fact that Roger-Patrice Pelat's family took legal action against Plantard for making the false claim that Pelat was the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion.

Nobody anywhere can produce Pierre Plantard's and Philippe de Chèrisey's “list of achievements” – only a cascade of lies and deceptions that lasted up to 1993.

French researcher Jean-Luc Chaumeil possesses correspondence between Pierre Plantard, Philippe de Chèrisey and Gérard de Sède dating from the 1960s showing how these individuals were planning their scams but unfortunately he is unable to publish these letters (that he obtained from Philippe de Chèrisey's spouse after his death in 1985) because copyright is held by their respective children, Thomas Plantard, Gaspard de Chèrisey and Arnaud de Sède. These letters exist and Chaumeil has shown them to various people involved in making documentaries on the subject matter.

The archaeological artefact utilised by Plantard and de Chèrisey inscribed “C. Pompeius Quartus A. M. suo” on its own isn't anything significant or mysterious – except perhaps that historians and scholars don't have any idea who this person was. It was a very common Roman name.