Mary Alice Bennett is an archaeological restoration artist who lives in the Sonoran desert near the border with Mexico. As an art history student, she has had a life-long fascination with Leonardo DaVinci and also with studying the ancient mysteries. Since her church has a long tradition about Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Dan Brown book was not new information to her. "The DaVinci Code" aside, here are more clues in the work of Leonardo to ponder. Email Mary Alice Bennett.
On July 13, 1890 Beranger Sauniere`s Hapsburg friend Johann Salvator, also known as Johann Orth, set sail from Buenas Aires, Brazil to sail around Cape Horn at the southern end of South America. He intended to return to Valparaiso but was never seen again. There were some reported sightings of him after that, but he seemed to have disappeared. On May 6, 1911 he was declared legally dead. Even though he had apparently distanced himself from his royal Hapsburg family, the Emperor kept on setting aside money for him which was available to Sauniere through the duel bank accounts that Johann had set up for them in France. Some say that Johann had faked his own death because the entire royal family was in danger from the Serbian gang who eventually assassinated Franz Joseph, the heir to the Austrian throne. Johann also held views that differed from his monarchist relatives. Did Johann Salvator go underground and visit the area of Rennes-le-Chateau secretly, is there any proof that he was still alive after 1890? Thanks to the newly translated Castillon diary, we have evidence that he was.
This entry was written in 1900 and describes a get-together lasting several days at Castle Cabrieres which was owned by the opera diva Emma Calve:
La Diva has spent lavishly on renovating and restoring with a certain amount of modernisation to make it amenable to present day expectations of comfort whilst retaining its medieval atmosphere. The work is by no means finished yet.
The party of guests comprised Castillon of course, JB described as La Diva's manager; CD a composer and his mistress EB the wife of a prosperous Parisian banker and previously mistress of GF another composer, she is an accomplished "amateur" singer; P a Polish exile, a pianist; Leconte, "a symbolist poet, effete and languid, writer of erotically charged verse usually about the devotees of Sappho on the Island of Lesbos and other like classical themes. CD is at present setting some of these to music." [the words in inverted commas are Castillon's own]; Marcel "a novelist of fragile health who is writing the novel of the 20th century having tired of and been revolted by what he calls the sweaty, heaving, realism of Zola and his clique of the late 19th."; JO "an odd fish, big, burly man with the appearance of a common labourer or deckhand rather who claims to be an English citizen, despite a pronounced guttural teutonic sort of accent, ship-owner and mercantile trader operating out of Gibraltar. Has a yacht moored at Port-Vendres."; JO's wife Molly "she is definitely teutonic, Viennese actually it transpires, plump, attractive embonpoint, blonde, singer in light opera and operetta."; the Ser "apparently the high-priest of the Symbolists and a founder of the Rose+Croix." So very interesting company and as far as the ladies are concerned quite a nest of nightingales. [This house-party lasts from the 14th to the 17th May. Castillon grumbles about being alone following the desertion of Semiramis but nevertheless confesses to enjoying himself immensely. What they got up to is described at some length but is not really relevant to the next entries.]
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