the Priory of Sion

Logo Priory of SionDuring the research for his third BBC film on the subject of Rennes-le-Château, Henry Lincoln teamed up with Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent. Their combined efforts and insights led to the release of their bestseller Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Among the works the authors studied to come to their hypotheses there was a prominent place for Les Dossiers Secrets. It was in this book that the Priory of Sion was introduced. Godefroy of Bouillon had founded an order called L’Ordre de Sion in 1090. The order occupied the Abbey of Notre Dame de Sion in Jerusalem. Only 30 years later, the Knights Templar were founded by Hugues de Payen, a nobleman from the French Champagne region who also became the first Grandmaster. According to Les Dossiers Secrets, the Ordre de Sion was transformed into the Priory of Sion in 1188, after Jerusalem had fallen to Saladin in 1187, forcing the Christian forces from the city. Lincoln, Baigent and Leigh found documentary evidence that an Order of Sion indeed existed in the 12th century.

The most remarkable thing in Les Dossiers Secrets was the list of Grandmasters of the Priory of Sion:

Jean de Gisors (1188-1220)
Marie de Saint-Clair (1220-1266)
Guillaume de Gisors (1266-1307)
Edouard de Bar (1307-1336)
Jeanne de Bar (1336-1351)
Jean de Saint-Clair (1351-1366)
Blanche d’Evreux (1366-1398)
Nicolas Flamel (1398-1418)
Rene d’Anjou (1418-1480)
Yolande de Bar (1480-1483)
Sandro Botticelli (1483-1510)
Leonardo da Vinci (1510-1519)
Charles, Duke of Bourbon (1519-1527)

Ferdinand de Gonzague (1527-1575)
Louis Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers (1575-1595)

Robert Fludd (1595-1637)
Johann Valentin Andrea (1637-1654)
Robert Boyle (1654-1691)
Isaac Newton (1691-1727)
Charles Radclyffe (1727-1746)
Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (1746-1780)
Archduke Maximilian Franz of Austria (1780-1801)
Charles Nodier (1801-1844)
Victor Hugo (1844-1885)
Claude Debussy (1885-1918)
Jean Cocteau (1918-1963)

from facts to frenzy

Pierre PlantardSince the historical existence of an Order of Sion had been proven, the three authors decided to take the list serious and discovered that all of the Grandmasters had had a more than average interest in the occult and many of them had been active freemasons. Adding everything up, the conclusion was that Les Dossiers Secrets told a reliable account of the Priory of Sion. The authors continued their research and came in contact with the Grandmaster at the time, Pierre Plantard de St. Clair.

It has now become clear that the Priory of Sion never existed in the way it was described in Les Dossiers Secrets. Pierre Plantard, aided by the Belgian Marquis Philippe de Chérisey twisted and turned history in an attempt to continue the Merovingian bloodline after the death of Dagobert II. The documents they created to ‘prove’ Plantard’s claim as the rightful pretender to the French throne were assembled in Holy Blood, Holy GrailLes Dossiers Secrets. Ironically, Lincoln, Baigent and Leigh not only accepted the story that a Merovingian royal bloodline had survived the centuries but they tried to trace it back to the House of David, claiming the Merovingian Kings were the descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Were Plantard had set-up the whole affair to suggest the Priory of Sion had secretly been preserving a Merovingian Bloodline, Holy Blood and the Holy Grail claimed it had been a Holy bloodline since it originated from Jesus himself. Where Plantard had intended the Priory to make him a royal descendant, Lincoln, Baigent and Leigh made him into, a Holy man. They had taken his story and ran off with it in an unexpected direction, complicating the plot considerably and resulting in massive sales of their book.

reality bites

Letterhead Prieuré de SionResearch into Plantard’s background revealed he wasn’t of noble birth like he claimed; his father (also called Pierre Plantard) was a butler and his mother Amélie Marie Raulo occasionally worked as a cook for wealthy families. Plantard had created multiple society’s before the Priory of Sion, that had vague and sometimes shady goals and intents. Plantard registered an organization called le Prieuré de Sion, the French name of the Priory of Sion, in the French sub-prefecture of St. Julie-en-Genevois on 25th June 1956 which had nothing to do with the 12th century predecessor. All reseacrhers however agree, that Plantard and his aides invested a staggering amount of time to create the detailed backgrounds and genealogies they needed to reach their goals.

It is unlikely there is any relation between a historical Priory of Sion and the mystery of Rennes-le-Château.

Pierre Plantard did have a genuine interest in the mystery of Rennes-le-Château and gathered an impressive knowledge of it in a time before the mystery turned into a hype. As often with misinformation, they took the actual pieces of the puzzle and reshaped them for their goals. It is in such way that Plantard teamed up with French journalist Gérard de Sède who reworked a Plantard manuscript into his book l’Or de Rennes also called Le Trésor Maudit, the book that kickstarted Henry Lincoln’s interest in the mystery in the first place.

truth, wrapped in lies

Small ParchmentThe grand and small parchment that are at the heart of the enigma are now believed to be copies of the original. The latest research by Franck Daffos and Pierre Jarnac suggests that Noel Corbu, who bought the Saunière estate from Marie Dénarnaud in 1946, found some parchments between the Abbé’s papers. After failing to decode them he sold them to two englishmen. Not before photographing and copying them though. Serious researchers like Antoine Captier, Jean Pellet and Gérard Dutriat have attested they have seen the original photos from Corbu’s time. You have to remember Corbu already talked about the parchments long before De Sède’s book came out. It is now believed Corbu allowed Plantard and the Chérisey to make carbon copies of them. They worked them into the parchments we know today and added in some simple codes like the raised letters in the small parchments that would support their claim to the French throne.

Ironically again, Plantard came very close to the original documents and sources of the mystery. The Priory of Sion he tried to legitimize using them was certainly a hoax.

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2 thoughts on “the Priory of Sion

  1. Getting my attention in 1982, I read the book “Holy Blood Holy Grail”. Shortly afterward, I wrote a letter about March 1982 to Author, Michael Biagent.

    In my letter, I inquired with the best of my awareness at that time about the mystery of the secrets surrounding their discoveries (ie: Priory of Sion) coverup and nature of the direction of the book… trying to discern the fact from the myth?

    On june 1982, I received a letter from Mr. Baigent.

    Dated May 28th, 1982

    Dear M. Moch;

    “Where did you hear the rumor ?”

    Yours Sincerely;

    Michael F. Baigent

    Shortly… I responded back to Mr. Baigent about my awareness and knowledge of some of the mysteries and secrets. Most of what I additionally shared was helpful in Mr. Baigent’s follow-up research.

    Though I received no direct additional responce or no credit for the additional information. The followup book “The Messianic Legacy”, had some of that additional information I shared with Mr. Baigent. It was collective in nature… and helped to verify and question and support other information that was in the original “Holy Blood Holy Grail” book.

    The information provided by Pierre Saint Claire became obvious… but the question of “The Priory Of Sion” may have a seperate twist after all?

    Regarding “The Priory GM List” if it’s correct, it opens in my opinion that the Grand Master list is correct?

    In a Biograpgy on Former French President, Leon Blum. It is alledged that when he (Blum) was eight years old, he was invited with his classmates to a special 80th. birthday party of none other that French writer/patriot, Victor Hugo. After he (Blum) recited a poem he wrote in Hugo’s honor, he was very impressed by the young Leon.
    In a comment that seemed like a destiny for Leon Blum, Hugo felt that the young man would become very important in the future, and that he would go very far.

    Some years later… Blum as a young journalist, would meet, and become friends with no other than famous French music-composer, Claude De Bussy.

    Both Hugo and De Bussy are listed as former Grand Masters of The Sion Priory!

    A fact that I didn’t fully disclose to Mr. Baigent, that as French President, Leon Blum’s Personal Secretary was Jules S. Moch.

    Former French Premier-Statesman, was nicknamed “Cousin Jules”, related to President Blum, by way of Moch’s wife, Elaine Picard-Moch. Elaine Picard’s milestone was “The First Woman Lawyer of France”, a sort of modern day Joan of Arc of European woman’s rights movement.
    It is alledged in the past, that Picard’s Grand Mother (or Great Gradmother?) had a bookshop in Paris… where it became one of the main staging locations for “The French Revolution”.

    In my opinion… between the facts and the fiction, Real and fraudulent information continues to pepper this subject and truth about “The Priory Of Sion”.

    A. Edward Moch

  2. All you need to know about this total matter is that all mind activity is colour based upon para and dia magnetic fields, so colours also have values in numbers relating to the power values of the colours, so for instance red = 9 black = 10.

    The priory of Sion has a colour based value red,white ,blue and yellow these add up to 24, 24 is a mirror image of 42, 42 is the code of 5 colours which allows the mind to communicate with the so called gods but are not, they are UFo life forms . Da Vinci knew this and conducted his researches with that information to assist him.

    so fact is that if you communicate and are accepted, you may well receive a visit, by a human like form which you would understand as not human but human like may be called John , this also shows in Da Vincies last supper not only through the shapes but the female like of the depiction of John, the gaps said to represent an M and a V if inverted = a W and V, but W in the ancient temple letters and numbers was = to a 10 with a line through it as indeed the V had a line through it to = a 5 so if we take 10 + V which in letter form values at 14 in the 16 symbol alphabet you have your 24 for the priory value, If however you value the so called two letters within the 26 letter alphabet M would = 13 and v= 22 both added = 35, this is a special number within the book of numbers and seems to relate to the departed returning looking 35 years younger than they were when they left.

    The 16 symbol alphabet has 10 symbols missing these were the numbers 1 to 10 but were later added in to create 26 letter and 10 Roman numerals.

    the letters E have a twin sound with C as does T with J the only two twinned but within those two is ET
    N ow if we return to the 26 letter alphabet the letters UFO as single letters in their position values they add up to 42!!, that cannot be by chance but by design.

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