Langdon sat in stunned silence. Jacques Sauniere?
Grand Master? Despite the astonishing repercussions if it were true,
Langdon had the eerie sensation it made almost perfect sense. After
all, previous Priory Grand Masters had also been distinguished public
figures with artistic souls. Proof of that fact had been uncovered
years ago in Paris' Biblioteque Nationale in papers that became known
as Les Dossiers Secrets.
Every Priory historian and Grail buff had read
the Dossiers. Catalogued under Number 4o lm1 249, the Dossiers Secrets
had been authenticated by many specialists and incontrovertibly confirmed
what historians had suspected for a long time: Priory Grand Masters
included Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo
and, more recently, Jean Cocteau, the famous Parisian artist.
(Chapter 48, p. 206)
Yet again Brown
bolsters his claims with references to definitive proof, authentication
by experts and 'what historians suspected for a long time'. Yet again,
all these assertions are totally baseless.
not 'authenticated' anything about the so-called 'Priory of Sion',
since all the evidence indicates quite clearly that the whole 'Priory'
story was a hoax concocted by Pierre Plantard.
that 'the Dossiers Secrets had been authenticated by many specialists
and incontrovertibly confirmed' is nonsense. On the contrary, the
so-called Dossiers have been exposed as fakes by Philippe de
Chérisey - one of those who assisted Pierre Plantard in faking
them in the 1960s - as early as 1967. Pierre Plantard later tried
to convince people that, while the original claims about the 'Priory'
and the documents he and De Chérisey had planted in the Biblioteque
Nationale were a fraud, there was a real 'Priory' with a totally different
history and a new list of 'Grand Masters'. This second list included
the French politician Roger-Patrice Pelat and when Pelat was murdered,
Plantard also admitted in the subsequent judicial investigation, under
oath, that this new 'Priory' was also a complete hoax.
There was no 'Priory
of Sion', the Dossiers Secrets were faked documents, the whole
thing was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by royalist eccentrics and
the fake Dossiers have not been 'authenticated' by anyone.
The 'historians' referred to by Brown are non-existent and no-one
outside of the strange world of occultists and conspiracy theorists
take any of these things seriously at all.
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