The church of Mary Magdalene - The sacred feminine and the treasure of Rennes-le-Château

De Jean Markale. Inner Traditions, 2004, 312 p.
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The small church of Rennes-le-Château, in a remote village in southern France, may well hold the key to the proof of Mary Magdalene's marriage to Jesus and the bloodline they founded. In 1885 the village of Rennes-le-Château welcomed a new priest, Abbe Saunière, for its church dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Abbe Saunière ordered very strange restoration work for the church, and it is thought that he discovered something during this renovation that brought him to the attention of the power brokers of that time and made him a very rich man. Possible identifications of his discovery range from the gold pillaged from Delphi in Roman times; the treasure brought out of Jerusalem by the Templars, who had a strong presence in this area; and the missing Cathar treasure, spirited out of Montségur mere days before the fall of that fortress.

Yet even more curious and compelling is this church's ambiguous portrayal of Mary Magdalene. Markale explains that the unusual depictions of Mary in the church hint at an even more archaic role performed by Mary that could shake the very foundations of the Church if it were fully understood: that of the high priestess who anoints the priest king into his spiritual duties.



The site of the mystery

On roads of stone and dust

A fortified encampment

The history of the earldom of Razès


He who brings scandal

The abbé Saunière legend

Who was abbé Saunière ?

One train can hide another


The mystery of the cursed treasure

Treasure island

The door is on the inside

That odd Mary Magdalene

The shepherds of Arcadia

The queen's gold




Inner Traditions, 2004, 312 p.

Jean Markale