A collection of documents and genealogies, deposited anonymously in the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris between 1964 and 1967. The various documents are written under pseudonyms or attributed to people later found to be deceased. Pierre Plantard and Philippe de Chérisey are believed by some to be the authors although they denied any association. Fake or not, les Dossiers Secrets have been a katalyst for turning a local mystery into what is the Rennes-le-Château enigma today. The Dossiers Secrets were the foundation for the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail and many others.
1. January 1964 | Généalogie des rois mérovingiens et origine de diverses familles françaises et étrangères de souche mérovingienne
By Henri Lobineau (pseudonym), presumably named after the rue Lobineau near the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris or Dom Lobineau, the 18th century benedictine historian who lived and worked in Rennes (Bretagne). Dated Geneva, 1956.
2. August 1965 | Les descendants mérovingiens ou l’énigme du Razès Wisigoth
By Madeleine Blancasall (pseudonym), presumably named after Mary Magdalene and de the rivers Blanques and Sals that flow through Rennes-les-Bains. The document states that it is translated from the German by Walter Celse-Nazaire (pseudonym), presumably named after the patron saints of the church of Rennes-les-Bains
3. May 1966 | Un trésor mérovingien à Rennes-le-Château
By Antoine l’Ermite (pseudonym). presumably named after the saint who’s statue is in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau. It consists of 9 pages taken out of the book ‘Trésors du Monde enterrés, emmurés, engloutis‘. by Robert Charroux in 1962. It introduces Abbé Joseph Courtaly of Villarzel-du-Razès, allegedly a friend of Saunière who died in November 1964.
4. May 1966 | Addendum to the first document by Serge Roux
The document consists of an article by, Lionel Burrus take from ‘Semaine Catholique Genevoise’, a magazine that never existed and in which Burrus defends Henri Lobineau, which he claims is in fact Leo Schidlof. It also claims Schidlof was given the genealogies by Emile Hoffet.
5. June 1966 | Pierres Gravées du Languedoc
By Eugène Stüblein. The engravings in this book include the two tombstones of Marie de Nègre d’Ables and the Knight’s Stone, which is captioned ‘Stone from the sepulchre of the princes Sigebert IV, Sigebert V and Béra III in St Magdalene’s church‘. Eugène Stüblein was a respected astronomer and meteorologist, who wrote some works on the history and antiquities of the Aude. However, his published works are well known, and there is no record of one called Engraved Stones of the Languedoc. The document in the Dossiers Secrets is a summary by Abbé Joseph Courtaly of Villarzel du Razès from 1962.
6. 17th January 1967 | Le Serpent Rouge
By Pierre Feugère, Louis Saint-Maxent and Gaston de Koker, who are real people that died between 15th February and 20th March 1967. It is a curious, symbolic prose-poem, with 13 stanzas named after the signs of the zodiac (with an extra sign, Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer, inserted between Scorpio and Sagittarius). It also contains a series of plans and diagrams relating to the seminary of St. Sulpice and the nearby church of St Germain des Pres in Paris.
7. April 1967 | Les Dossiers secrets de Henri Lobineau
By Philippe Toscan du Plantier. It includes the infamous list of Grandmasters of the Priory of Sion from 1200 to the 20th century. Plantier was a real person that was arrested for possession of LSD 16 days before the deposition of the document and most probably had nothing to do with the whole thing.