In 1915 the prosecuting Bishop had finally won a judgment against the Abbe Sauniere for the non-disclosure of his abundant funding. Sauniere would not reveal his source and lost his parish over the secret. Despite losing his position, Sauniere had no intention of leaving his estate on the mountain, he had ordered 8 million francs worth of further construction to his properties including a pool and paved roads - the mysterious funds were back in abundance. Two and a half weeks later he was dead.
In the famous letter from Fouquet concerning the painter Poussin, he states that Poussin had mysteries to convey that even kings could not get out of him. The problem was that Poussin had just been called back to France to give an account to the king concerning this privileged information, which Poussin kept from His Majesty. Who was behind Sauniere and Poussin that gave them such bravado in the face of higher authority?
After the French Revolution, Catholic clergymen were warned against royalist sentiments. Before the days of the media, the priests were the formers of public opinion and they were told that, "The days of kings are gone!" When the priest Sauniere gave his anti-Republican (anti-Revolutionary) speech, he was reprimanded and sent to the monastery in Narbonne. After his time there, the Countess of Chambord donated money to him for the renovations of his parish at Rennes-le-Chateau. She was living in exile in Austria. Theobald Hautpoul was the tutor of her children. Her motives were two-fold, she was after the parchment documents hidden somewhere in his church that concerned her Merovingian genealogy. When Sauniere went from clue to clue and found the pages she was looking for, his life changed and he became a wealthy man. There was a line of communication between Sauniere and the Countess through her doctor. This exiled royal line was not only the first source, but the major source of his funding all along. It was at the behest of the Countess that Sauniere began to "remodel" the church graveyard, the famous Hautpoul tombstone was defaced at that time. Did he do this at her request? The Hautpouls and de Negres were Masonic families. Freemasons were known to have requested burials accompanied by Masonic ornaments (called "Masonic Jewels") and documents, a graveyard could be a treasure trove of information. On the other hand, the trigonomic map on the Marie de Negre - Hautpoul tombstone could point treasure hunters directly to the secret royal storehouse and was perhaps too obvious.
There has been so much speculation as to the source of Sauniere`s wealth. In an area where Templar ingots of Arab gold coins weighing 50 kg were being plowed up by local farmers, the Abbe Sauniere could have made such a discovery himself. It is more likely that Sauniere`s disguised Hapsburg visitor continued to bankroll the priest and since this royal Hapsburg relative planned to fake his own death, Sauniere had to keep his benefactor a secret. The Serbians were plotting against the Hapsburg family and had trailed Sauniere`s visitor up to the Languedoc. There are further clues that these assassins were the ones who killed Abbe Gelis. The police determined from his multiple head wounds that the murder of the 70 yr. old priest was the work of a gang and not a lone murderer. Also, the "note" that was left behind was written on a "Tsar" brand pack of cigarettes. It proclaimed "Viva Angelina!" a Serbian saint in the Russian Orthodox Church. The killers did not recognize the Catholic Church in France or Austria and they eventually assassinated the Hapsburg heir to the Austrian throne triggering World War I.
Just because the source of Sauniere`s wealth has been discovered to be from the royal line that had been expelled from France, it does not mean that the famous secret treasures of the Languedoc were not an important part of his life. Indeed, his mentor was a member of the secret society that protected the royal storehouse from generation to generation.
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