The Cajun connection to Rennes Chateau Mystery : The Holy Grail
by Carolyn Shield
Posted: 13:30 March 4, 2010
I have been researching the great mystery of Rennes Chateau for a few years and have brought the mystery in France to America. I believe the Cajuns brought their legends and myths from their home Acadia (Arcadia) otherwise named Nova Scotia. In the stained glass windows of Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans this legend is possibly shown. Noel Corbu has told of the story that the priest Sauniere found parchments concerning Blanche Castile’s treasure. He reports this to La Dépêche du Midi. Noel dies in a car crash 1968.(1)
Abbe Bigou was a priest at Rennes Chateau before Sauniere and he ministered to Marie de Nègre d' Ables who married a Hautpoul. The Marquis de Blanchefort ancestors took part in the Crusades.(2) Saint Louis IX participated in the Crusades and his mother Blanche of Castile was made Regent of France while he was gone. It is said there is no evidence that Blanche ever came to Rennes Chateau but that doesn’t mean she could not have placed treasured documents to be protected with a noble family of the Crusades.
Queen Blanche was woman in a man’s world and constantly being challenged by the barons. She had suppressed the Cathars during her reign. She believed the oral tradition that Mary Magdalene landed in France and lived in a cave near Provence. Her son Saint Louis is evidence of this because his mother taught him the legend.
After Saint Louis came home from the crusades he visited the cave of Mary Magdalene as recorded in Joinville’s memoirs. Saint Louis was taken for ransom and his mother attempted to get money for his release. She died while King Louis IX was on Crusade. There is a possibility that important documents were kept by Crusader families on her behalf. Abbe Bigou may have known this from the confession of Marie de Negre d Ables.
|Picture by Carolyn Shield
Here is Blanche Castile surrounded by books teaching her children. The stained glass window is at Saint Louis Cathedral New Orleans
Abbe Bigou fled France during the French Revolution and died in Spain 1794. Another French priest fled the Revolution and was exiled in Spain named Louis William Valentine Dubourg. He was a Sulpician. October 12, 1786. "Seven months after Dubourg went into exile, Spain was host to 6,322 French priests." Did Abbe Bigou meet Dubourg?
There is a very good chance that they did and perhaps Abbe Bigou told Dubourg about the legend. Dubourg escaped to America in 1793 . In America Dubourg was appointed president of Georgetown University but later left due to controversy with British and French tensions. He knew George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Dubourg later came to Louisiana during Napoleon’s reign when Pope Pius VII was under arrest. He was born in Cap Français, St. Dominque (Haiti). Dubourg stayed at the Ursuline Convent in Louisiana and presided at a Mass for American victory at the Battle of New Orleans 1812.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor resides at the convent brought over from Languedoc France. It is said that the miracle of the defeat of the British by Jackson and the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte saved America from British oppressive rule.
At Rennes Chateau there is a statue where Mary Magdalene carries a cross and carries a vase. In New Orleans at the top of the altar in the center Mary Magdalene carries the Holy Grail behind her shines "Blue Apples".
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