In the mystery of Rennes-le-Ch?teau
, an enormous attention is reserved for a small group of people. Top of the list, the man who incarnates the mystery like anybody other: B?renger Sauni?re
. Some of his close friends, often of the priests, shared ?the adventure? with him. Henri Boudet
, the priest of Rennes les Bains
, was those and with the eyes of some, his Master. Its book, ?the True Celtic Language
?, was intensively studied. Antoine G?lis
, priest of the village close to Coustaussa
, was assassinated in odd circumstances. On second-row forward: Marie Denarnaud, the maidservant of Salt box; Monseigneur Billard
, the bishop who seemed to approve his work and Monseigneur De Beaus?jour
, his successor who took it along to the lawsuit to the Ecclesiastical Court.
Only two people could be capable knowledge what it was and where was the material treasure and if there were one of them, the immaterial one too. It is of B?renger Sauni?re
himself and his maidservant Marie Denarnaud
. Salt box was confessed before dying but it is completely dubious of knowing what it said to his colleague the Abbot Rivi?re
. If he said something, Rivi?re
appears to have made wish listen to it under the seal of confession.Marie Denarnaud
died more than thirty years in January 1953. She had spoken about the secrecy of Salt box only in very vague terms, letting suggest with people whom they went on gold without the knowledge and whom Sauni?re could have nourished the whole village for a long moment.
All was not studied in the enigma of Sauni?re
. Remain probably one or two not exploited ways of investigation. Here is one.Grassaud, the best friend
I think that some probably knew at least part of the secrecies of Sauni?re
. The first candidate is sometimes mentioned but none the major investigations treated its life or of its contribution. Perhaps this is false. With which type of man would entrust one his secrecies? With his best friend. Except his brother Alfred
, died in 1905, B?renger Sauni?re
another true friend has: the abbot Eugene Grassaud
. This one advised Sauni?re
on many occasions and for all kinds of matters.
In fact, their links were so close that it took council with Marie D?narnaud
well after the departure of Sauni?re
. He frequently wrote to him, helping it financially and seeking a purchaser for the field of Rennes-le Ch?teau
. What a irony!
This excellent friend wanted to give councils financier to Marie
because she refused or because she was unable to go to puncture in the resources of Salt box even if all the possessions of the Abbot were left to him in heritage.
Obviously, it knew what was and where the treasure was, but it destroyed any proof and refused to approach it. Such an occasion was when Antoine Beaux
, abbot of Campagne
was awaited to dine with the table on Sauni?re
. It pointed out: ?my friend, to see the way in which you go, one could think that you found a treasure?. With this, the host is famous to have answered: ?me l'an donat, l'ai panat, l'ai parat ? b? lo t?ni ?. In French, that wants to say: ?They gave it to me, I took it, I preserved it; h? well I hold it well?.Grassaud, in detailGuillaume Joseph Eugene Grassaud
was born inSt-Juste
in 1859. These parents Baptiste Grassaud
and Marie-Louise Flemish
were very respected members of this community. The young person Eugene Grassaud
was intended to go to school of the Seminar and after was allowed in Saint Sulpice
, where it obtained a doctorate in theology. Little time afterwards, it turned over in the south of France to give course to Perpignan
. In 1900, he became the priest of Am?lie-les-Bains
, for finally settling in St-Paul de Fenouillet
was a man scholar. Sanuni?re
obviously kept it in a very high respect. It gave him a piece of the treasure of the church of Rennes-le-Ch?teau
: a gold chalice of great quality, given to the church by the order of the Knights of Malta
in the neighborhoods of 1750 (and hidden in the church by its successor Antoine Bigou
before it leaves for Spain
during the Revolution in 1792). One puts the question why Knights of Malta
gave such a chalice to Rennes-le-Ch?teau
. It was Eugene Grassaud
who proposed in Sauni?re
to take Eugene Huguet
to defend it during the lawsuits of Carcassonne
, which upsets the life of Sauni?re
between 1908 and 1915.Its ministry at St Paul de Fenouillet
Many people always living with Saint-Paul de Fenouillet
have a sharp memory of the Grassaud
Abbot. In fact, it made enough impression to have a place on the side of the church which is dedicated to him since 1972. Its name also decorates the close hearth, housing of the small school of Sunday.Grassaud
was a man educated on many points. He was a documentalist and a fanatic historian, who sought in the history of the village and his environments. Its personal library contained many rare medieval works that he studied during long periods. He wrote in antiquated Latin.
The church of the 14th century of St Paul de Fenouillet
was very important for him. It went until buying the neighbouring houses, demolishing the slums immediately around the building. It gave up its functions in 1945, when it felt its end to arrive. He died one year afterwards in the village of Caudi?s de Fenouill?des
, where his brother practiced medicine in the family home.
During its life, Grassaud
carried out many work in its church. Besides the restorations, new statues and a new confessional, he added the many ones and enormous frescos painted on the walls. Unfortunately, they were covered after its death because the villagers did not like them much. What points out today an extraordinary church with the many ones and beautiful pictures?Linkback:
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