Tomb of Jesus Christ in Septimania

Paul Smith

6 April 2017
Revised & Corrected 10 April 2017

The conspiracy theorists believe there could be a “tomb of Jesus Christ” in Septimania.

Christian Doumergue wrote something similar to this in one of his books, but he was unable to provide the slightest shred of historical evidence.

The legend of Mary Magdalene fleeing to France after the Crucifixion was only first mentioned by Sigebert of Gembloux who lived during the late 11th and early 12th century. His account (Chronicon ab anno 381 ad 1113) was first published in Latin in 1513. The bit about Jesus Christ going with her was a later addition.

Appeals are made to traditions associated with the wife of Pontius Pilate, but her name Claudia only dates from 1619, in the Chronicon of Pseudo-Dexter (or Omnimoda Historia). The name Claudia Procula is a later addition.

The promotional trailer for the DVD by Kris Darquis, which of course does not provide any historical facts.

Who knows, perhaps the conspiracy theorists will one day learn the basics of historical research and put things to the critical test and discover, for example, that lifelong drunkard Philippe de Chérisey was just another scatterbrained goofball.

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