City of Secrets

Those interested in the Rennes le Chateau mystery will no doubt be interested to hear of a new book out there, which is making waves in the research community. City of Secrets (Amazon UK) tells the story of Patrice Chaplin (daughter-in-law of Charlie Chaplin no less):

In the fifties, a fifteen-year-old girl escapes from her dull, English life to the sun-drenched cobbles of provincial Europe. When she falls in love with an ancient but otherwise unremarkable bourgeois town she falls, too, for its favourite son....She meets strange and wonderful people - including Jean Cocteau and Umberto Eco - and hears tales of visions, a phenomenally wealthy priest, a fabulous garden and a beautiful Frenchwoman.

Cast as the detective in her own story, and in a series of dramatic twists and turns, the woman finds herself at the heart of a world she barely knew existed. People she has known for over fifty years, members of a secret society set up to protect Abbe Sauniere's legacy, are asking her to act as their messenger. She must take some of their most important secrets, and make them known. This is her story, and their secrets revealed. Rich with photographs, letters and historical documents, it fills in key gaps in one of the most compelling mysteries of all time.

For more information about the book, check out the summary page on Andrew Gough's Arcadia website, and also Filip Coppens' take on it at the Societe Perillos website. And if that isn't enough, then you'll definitely have to check out Andrew Gough's exclusive 17 Questions interview with the author, Patrice Chaplin.

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Months back I sent a e-mail to a guy who has a RLC site about it being a 'theme park' . He wrote a very balanced approach to all of the various aspects, I asked him if he ever considered a slightly different take on it. I called my e-mail, yer nearly rite.

I used the pun to intro my assessment as to what a ritul trained priest is actually used for. That is, to conduct rituals. A priest don't have to limit himself to Church ritual exclusively, in fact, a guy can come into priesthood to use that as a front-cover for his actual ritual mojo. I am still waiting for a reply from my E-mail, I have more punsy ideas to share with him.

To put it into perspective as to what Patrice is now doing, she waited until the hype from Dan Brown and Cameron's dog and p(h)ony show subsided. Perhaps she should have waited until Hammetts Bloodline schtick passes over as well. I am not in the hype biz nor writing for a quick buck either. I am just amused by the ability of these spins to get a life of their own revolving around RLC.

Cabala afficianados will be able to strut their stuff, channelers have a chance to huckster their 'portals' , Spanish tourist trade around Girona will pick up, Spanish mountain equiv to Mt Cardou will get the sacred geometry treatment, etc. I see endless possibilities spinning off Patrice's work, even if she hadn't given it any creedence. She wrote a love story with a mystic touch, like Dan Brown wrote a thriller with a mystic touch, based on the same character.

She brought in a unique spin about the grail that will spawn a whole new genre, I foresee a spate of titles ready to hit the scene literally overnight. If I wasn't so amused by all this, why I might even get serious and contribute more ideas to that 'theme park' concept I mentioned earlier.

Gosh, I forgot to mention 'ley lines', if they lie on same longitude with Rosslyn, St. Sulpice, man , my Alsheimer's lite is starting to show.