| According to books like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
Da Vinci Code the secret of the Holy Grail was known to the
to a secret society known as the Priory
of Sion, to the Knights
Templar, and to the Abbé
Bérenger Saunière, a French priest of Rennes-le-Château
in the South of France.
There has been much speculation about the mysterious items evacuated
on the night before the Cathars
there surrendered. It is known that the Cathars besieged there
had already evacuated their material treasure long before, so what
could these mysterious items be but a spiritual treasure.
The bald fact is that we do not know. Even if it was a spiritual
treasure, it may have been no more than a book or some manuscripts
- perhaps one of the many gospels that the Roman
Catholic Church had tried so hard to suppress for so many centuries.
Perhaps even the original version of one of the canonical gospels,
before it was elaborated by the mainstream Church, or one of the
Gospels known to the Early
We know that many Gnostic gospels existed and that the
Catholic Church dedicate great efforts to finding and destroying
them. In his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon points
out that men of culture would burn their whole libraries rather
than risk the ascendant Christians discovering a work of which they
did not approve. Some of these books we knew of only because of
surviving mainstream Christian denunciations of them. But some,
like the Gospel of Thomas were rediscovered in the twentieth century.
They had been buried in the desert, presumably by local monks in
the fourth century when they were instructed to destroy all but
the 27 books which we now know as the New Testament.
Another, much less likely, spiritual treasure that might have been
taken from Montsegur is the Holy Grail - the cup used by Jesus at
the last supper. Against this theory is the fact that the Holy Grail
seems to have been an invention of the Middle Ages - an invention
that matched the supposed discovery of tens of thousands of other
relics dating from biblical times. These relics are clearly bogus.
Not a single one has been shown to be genuine, and none is more
efficacious as a miracle worker than any other holy relic - such
as the seven heads of John the Baptist, the eleven foreskins of
Jesus, or the thousands of bones attributed to the Blessed Virgin
Mary - who, the Pope now assures us, was body assumed into heaven.
One Theory, outlined in the book The Holy Blood and the Holy
Grail is that the term Holy Grail is an error based on a medieval
misreading. According to this theory, the Holy Grail is not the
San Grale ("Holy Grail") but the Sang Real
("Royal Blood"), a reference to the royal blood of David
and hence of Jesus and his progeny. According to this book, and
the more recent novel the The
Da Vinci Code, Jesus was maried to Mary Magdelene and their
descendents became the Merovingian kings of France. Furthermore,
of Sion was created to restore this royal line, assisted by
its military and financialarm - the Knights
Templars. The objectives of the Priory were supposedly:
- to engineer the return to the thrones of Europe and Jerusalem
the Merovingian dynasty which ruled the Frankish kingdom from
447 to 751 C.E.,
- to protect royal claimants - the lineal descendants of Jesus
and his wife Mary Magdalene, of King David and of high priest
Aaron (brother of Moses);
- to found a "Holy European Empire" that would become
the next hyperpower and usher in a new order, bringing peace and
prosperity to the world
- to establish a messianic Masonic state religion by revealing
the true Holy Grail (which would prove Desposyni claims and Ebionite
- the grooming and installing of a "Rex Deus" pretender
on the throne of a Greater Israel.
Also according to this theory, the Roman
Catholic Church tried to kill off all remnants of Jesus' dynasty
and their guardians, the Cathars
of the Languedoc and the Templars.
They did this through the Crusades against the Cathars and by establishing
the Inquisition. Their objective was to maintain their own power
(claimed through the apostolic succession of Peter in contrast to
the hereditary succession of Mary Magdalene's children).
If you want to learn more about these questions from experts like
Henry Lincoln, on location in the Languedoc, you might be interested
in Templar Quest Tours.
If you are more interested in the Cathars of the Languedoc, you
might be more interested in Cathar Country Tours.