Priory of Sion (Prieure de Sion)
Priory of Sion
is alleged to be a secret society founded in the 11th century its said
purpose to preserve and protect the original precepts of Christianity
and act as guardian to Jesus and Mary Magdalene's sacred bloodline.
mainstream public were initially introduced to the Priory through a
number of controversial BBC Two documentaries and books by writers
Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh.
Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (marketed as Holy Blood, Holy Grail in
the U.S.) especially raised eyebrows. In this provocative book the
authors stated “There was a secret order behind the Knights
which created the Templars as its military and administrative arm. This
order, which has functioned under a variety of names, is most
frequently known as the Prieure de Sion (Priory of Sion). The Prieure
de Sion has been directed by a sequence of Grand Masters whose names
are amongst the most illustrious in Western history and culture.
Although the Knights Templar were destroyed and dissolved between 1307
and 1314 the Prieure de Sion remained unscathed.”
assertions include the following: The Priory of Sion was founded in
1099 CE and is sworn to return the Merovingian dynasty whom they
believe to be the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene to power; its
leaders or Grand Masters have included the likes of Isaac Newton,
Robert Fludd, Victor Hugo and Leonardo da Vinci; the Priory is
dedicated to a united Europe and new world order; and the Catholic
Church has been engaged, historically, in a war to destroy the dynasty
and its protectors the Cathars  and Knights Templar in order to
retain authority afforded it through a patriarchal line of Popes
beginning with Peter instead of the legitimate hereditary succession
that began with Mary Magdalene.
unfortunate problem with all this is that although the Knights Templar
and the Cathars are an historical fact, all evidence pertaining to the
Priory of Sion and offered as truth by the aforementioned authors was
unintentionally based on false information from fraudulent sources. The
Priory, at least in the form of an 11th century secret society, appears
to be a deception established a mere half century ago by con man and
would be pretender to the French throne Pierre Plantard.
1956 Pierre Plantard founded an association in the French town of
Annemasse the original purpose of which seems to have been a relatively
benign involvement in the affairs of the local community, but Plantard
for whatever his reasons (suggestions are he hoped to re-establish the
French monarchy with himself on the throne) soon embarked on a course
of action that would result in a hoax of monumental proportions.
were enlisted, the first was Plantard’s friend Philippe de Cherisey,
together they deposited a series of fake documents called the Dossiers
Secrets d’Henri Lobineau ("Secret Dossiers of Henri Lobineau") at the
Bibliotheque national de France, in Paris, in order to give credence to
Plantard’s royal pedigree. Later a series of “medieval parchments” were
forged containing encrypted messages pertaining to the Priory of Sion,
the story being that a Father Berenger Sauniere had found them in 1891
while renovating his church, thus giving credence to claims that the
Priory is a thousand year old secret society. A second conspirator
Gerard de Sede then wrote L’Or de Rennes ("The Gold of Rennes") and Le
Tresor Maudit de Rennes-le-Chateau ("The Accursed Treasure of Rennes
Castle") a further embellishment based on the forged material. It was
this fictitious data that Lincoln, Baigent and Leigh used and expanded
on in their books and documentaries.
those that missed the documentaries and books of Lincoln, Baigent and
Leigh their first exposure to both the Priory of Sion and the Knights
Templar was probably either Dan Brown’s best selling novel The Da Vinci
Code or the blockbuster movie that followed it.
source, concerning messages hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci,
was the book The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True
Identity of Christ to which the authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince
in a later book The Sion Revelation: The Truth About the Guardians of
Christ’s Sacred Bloodline added a new twist, their argument that while
the pre-1956 history of the Priory may well be a hoax it's also a
distraction, an intricate bluff, a front for one of the many
crypto-political societies working behind the scenes to create an ideal
(synarchist) United States of Europe.
for Pierre Plantard he passed away in obscurity on the 3rd of February
in the year 2000 at the age of 79 after testifying in a French court
and under oath that he had fabricated everything. And maybe that's so,
but the real truth is with Plantard gone we'll never know.
investigative authors Lionel and and Patricia Fanthorpe sum things up
best when they state: “The Priory of Sion could be one of the most
ancient, powerful and remarkable secret societies in the world; it
could be the last vestigial trace of an inner group of Knights
Templars; or it could merely be the the imaginings of one or two
twentieth century crypto-politicians linked to the mysterious M.
Plantard." Basically it could be anything or nothing.
The Cathars (from the Latin for pure ones) also known as Albigensians
was a dissident sect that florished in parts of northen Italy and
southern France during the 12th and 13th centuries (though records
place them in Germany first circa 1143 CE). Like the Bogomils and
Manichaeans before them they were Gnostics believing in a good spirit
trapped within an evil body and that Christ was a spiritual being whose
purpose on Earth
was to show how that spirit might be freed. By the end of the twelfth
century they had become a fully-fledged alternative to the Catholic
Church (whom they considered idolatrous and corrupt) complete with
bishops and a competing hierarchical infrastructure. The papacy, for
its part, considered them heretical and a threat to both their temporal
and spiritual power.
1209 a crusade was declared against all Christian heretics by Pope
Innocent III; it was to become one of the most disgraceful
periods in the Church’s history and result in the slaughter of tens of
thousands of men women and children. One of the last Albigensian
strongholds, Montsegur a fortress in the Pyrenees Mountains, surrendered
in 1244 after a lengthy siege many alleged heretics refusing to repent tortured then
burned alive by the victorious crusaders (local legend has it
that a few slipped away, carrying a mysterious treasure believed by
some to be the the Holy Grail). The final stronghold, Queribus, fell in
1255 and though the event officially spelled the end of Catharism a
small number of Cathars survived mostly in the more remote areas of
Spain, France and Italy where they avoided the papacy’s wrath by
blending in with the local populace. Guillaume Bélibaste, said to have
been the last parfait (Cathar elder/preacher) in languedoc was burned at the
stake in 1321.
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