|Rennes Chateau and the Templar Grandmaster discovers the Holy Blood of Christ
by Carolyn Shield
Posted: 11:25 March 31, 2010
In the Saint Louis cathedral in New Orleans home of the Cajuns is a stained glass window which reflects Saint Louis battles in the Seventh Crusade. I believe the one window reflects the Grand Master of the Temple the brave William De Sonnac. He is the knight kneeling with the bandage over his one eye. In the Battle of Mansoorah he lost an eye but continued to fight. Most of the Templars were killed due to the arrogant Count of Artois who not listening to the advice of the Templar Grandmaster charged ahead rather than waiting for reinforcements. The Grandmaster made the decision to try to save the foolish Count and the Templars were trapped. The Grandmaster was one of the few who survived.
|Stained glass window and painting of Saint Louis and Crusaders at Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans by Carolyn Shield
The Grandmaster of the Temple Sonnac died in the following battle. It is written in
Joinville's memoirs "Brother William, the Master of the Temple, lost one of his eyes, and in this battle the said lord lost his other eye, and was slain. God have mercy on his soul! And know that immediately behind the place where the battalion of the Templars stood, there was a good acre of ground, so covered with darts, arrows, and missiles, that you could not see the earth"
In the History of the Knights Templar by Charles G Addison 1842 is written "Brother William de Sonnac, the Grand Master of the Temple, for the purpose of stimulating the languid energies of the English nation, and reviving their holy zeal and enthusiasm in the cause of the Cross, dispatched a distinguished Knight Templar to England, charged with the duty of presenting to king Henry the Third a magnificent crystal vase, containing a portion of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which had been poured forth upon the sacred soil of Palestine for the remission of the sins of all the faithful. A solemn attestation of the genuineness of this precious relic, signed by the patriarch of Jerusalem, and the bishops, the abbots, and the barons of the Holy Land, was forwarded to London for the satisfaction of the king and his subjects, and was deposited, together with the vase and its inestimable contents, in the cathedral church of Saint Paul." (175)
The sacred blood was said sent to King Henry III in the greatest of secrecy and under guard of the Templar knights. It was said that the blood could heal any cut. It was said that the Grandmaster had become blood brothers with the Muslims in a ritual bond of blood. Sonnac was even given a Muslim knight title because of his bond and the Muslims commented that he was one of us. It was probably from his closeness with them that he was given this special gift. The vial of Holy Blood is an example of a Templar legend which shows that the Templar knights had access to Christian treasures of the Holy Land of which they brought home with them. This legend may have passed down from generation to generation within the Crusader families. Sonnac and the French spelling Saunhac are families that settled in Louisiana. Joseph Soniat Dufossat, the son of chevalier Guy Saunhac du Fossat, was sent to Louisiana by Louis XV in 1751. I have been contacted due to my research by other possible Templar knight families' descendents that lived in Louisiana. One wonders where he found the vial in the Holy Land.
Mary Magdalene at Rennes Chateau carries the cross and carries a vase symbolizing the container of Holy Blood. At New Orleans Magdalene carries the cross and the Holy Grail. It is the Gold chalice which contains the Blood and Body of Christ. The legend of the vial of Holy Blood or Sang Reel can be traced to the Crusades and its healing properties. One wonders what other treasures Sonnac obtained due to his closeness with the Muslims. He gave the King of England a great prize but not to King Louis IX. It was another reason for the Capetians not to trust the Templars and growing tensions. Saint Louis IX crusade was a failure and placed him in enormous debt. Saint Louis may have had the Crown of Thorns but King Henry III thanks to the Templar Grandmaster had the Holy Blood. The Templar knights probably had some hard feelings about Saint Louis's brother being responsible for hundreds of the Knights brother's deaths. Saint Louis also had to wonder where the Templar loyalties lie. It could have been one more reason that Saint Louis IX son turned on the Templars and arrested them. The other Grandmaster De Molay placed a curse on the Capetians which seemed to come true and could be why the ghostly dark spirits hang over Queen Blanche of Castile children.
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