Review of Lynn Picknett's “Rennes-le-Château Revealed”
UneXplained Rapid Reads Series (eBook, 2015)
12 September 2015
The latest offering by Lynn Picknett about the subject matter of Rennes-le-Château seems more like a phantasmogoric dream than a historical reality. Full of discredited and out-of-date material to rational researchers, it ends with the following statements:
There was nothing strange about Alfred Saunière's activities (Bérenger Saunière's brother), who canvassed for donations and the selling of masses on behalf of his brother, acting as a go-between (both were anti-Republicans).
It was only Gèrard de Séde in 1967 who first claimed that Saunière was visited by Archduke Johannes von Habsburg (L'Or de Rennes, page 44). There is no evidence that Bérenger Saunière was visited by Emma Calvé (a calvary in Rennes-les-Bains bears the inscription “E. Calvet” that may have inspired the modern myth). There is no reason why Bérenger Saunière should have been linked to the murder of Abbé Gélis (both priests were anti-Republicans). Bérenger Saunière's trips could have consisted of financially assisting anti-Republican priests that were suspended by the atheistic Republican government (Saunière's income from trafficking in masses was monumental). Bérenger Saunière was not accused of desecrating the churchyard or of exhuming bodies from graves.