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John M. SAUL

A Bibliography

During the past decades, the isolated village of Rennes-le-Château in the foothills of the French Pyrenees has been the focus of intense speculation. It has variously been claimed to be an ancient mystical religious centre, the hiding place of the ‘’Treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem’’, and the dynastic seat of a secret royalty descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The best-selling, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, published in 1982, is only one of a flood of publications, ranging from the serious and scholarly to the occult and cryptic, to have been inspired by the mysteries surrounding Rennes-le-Château.

"Saunière", the family name of the secretive "millionaire priest" of Rennes-le-Château, reappears in the first line of The Da Vinci Code.

Rennes-le-Château: A Bibliography is a comprehensive listing of some 450 older references to the subject, with annotations provided for the more important and curious items. The listing is prefaced by a brief discussion of the historical significance of Rennes-le-Château and of the original underlying reason for the importance of this unique site.

May 1985 - 58 pages