THE SECRET OF THE TOMBSTONE
of Dame Marie de Nègre d’Ables, Marquise de Blanchefort.
inscriptions on the tombstone of Dame Marie de NEGRE D’ABLES, d. 17
January 1781, were meticulously removed with a burin by the Abbé SAUNIERE
during his nocturnal investigations in the cemetery of RENNES-LE-CHATEAU*;
after, this the slab was used to cover the cemetery's new ossuary.
The presence of this stone was duly attested to by E. CROS, and it was
placed horizontally on the tomb in 1781 by the Abbé BIGOU, who had retrieved it near Les Pontils.
tombstone showed a certain number of inscriptions, grouped and judiciously
spread out in a symmetrical order. We find here words in Latin and, oddly,
a few Greek letters.
Vertically we can see, on the left and right of the slab, two groups
of letters that have to be taken as the inscription in Nicolas POUSSIN's
"ET IN ARCADIA EGO".
the centre of the slab are four Latin words, grouped two by two, and which
can be read horizontally as well as vertically.
At the top are two capital letters, "P" and "S". Wound
around these letters is a curve that starts before the "P" and
ends in front of the "S".
At the bottom of the funeral slab an animal is depicted, surmounted by the
The two inscriptions, top and bottom, are linked by a two-way arrow that
separates like an axis the four words in the centre of the slab.
is made up of four words that can be read in two directions.
REDIS* REGIS CELLIS ARCHIS
KING OF RHEDAE, HIDDEN IN ARQUES
REDIS CELLIS REGIS ARCHIS
HIDDEN IN RHEDAE, REIGNS** BY THE ARK
are the initials of "PECUNIA
SUA", an inscription found on burial places containing a precious
In this case, the letters "P-S" indicate the presence of a
TREASURE behind the HOLY SEPULCHRE.
The curved line starting before the P and returning to end before the S
indicates the nature of the treasure.
The letter of the alphabet preceding the P
is the letter O, and that
preceding the letter S is R. Thus we obtain the letters O and R (OR), specifying that the treasure is composed mostly of GOLD.***
animal represented is not an octopus as some have assumed.
It depicts a spider, and we affirm that this is one of the representations
of the Ark of the Covenant.
The spider lying in wait at the centre
of its web, which is a mortal trap, perceives information coming from
The Ark of the Covenant, hidden from view on
an elevation, emits its mortal rays in every direction, condemning the
imprudent person who comes into its cavern... ("Shepherd, no temptation...").
"CUM" is a Latin word translating as "WITH".
"PRAE" translates as "BEFORE"
IS means JESUS (from IesouS).
** See Portal of the Initiates in Chartres Cathedral (ARCHA CEDERIS reads
JESUS WILL REIGN BY THE ARK).
central, superior and inferior inscriptions, between which the four
central words are found, all geometrically and symmetrically arranged,
King of Rhedae, hidden near Arques, reigns by the Ark.
Behind him is the TREASURE composed of gold.
Not far from him, and in front, is the Ark.
ORIGIN OF THE INSCRIPTIONS
refers to a "situation plan" from the Templar era:
After the creation of the Order of the Temple, since it is the Ark
(Spider) that can be seen, brought back in 1127 from Jerusalem, an exploit
which was the origin of the creation of the Order of the Temple.
- Before the fall of the Order of the Temple, since JESUS, OR (gold), and
ARCHE (Ark) are gathered together, which would not be the case after 1307.
The anagram discovered is simple,
and its meaning explicit. If we write from end to end the central
"REDIS REGIS CELLIS ARCHIS PS
The anagram is:
"IS REGIS REDIS CELLIS CUM ARCH
PRAE PS"IS, JESUS CHRIST,
HIDDEN IN RHEDAE WITH THE ARK, BESIDE P.S"
In this case, P.S. must be read
"Pierre Sacrée" (Sacred Stone), and designates the menhir of Peyrolles,
still called "Pierre dressée" (Standing
Stone) on the French IGN map.
We still had to clarify the P and
the S, with the help of the name of neighbouring villages.
- The origin of the name Peyrolles (P)
is reported by Patrick FERTE on page 307 of: "ARSENE
LUPIN SUPERIEUR INCONNU".
For Louis Fedié, this megalith owed its name
to the territory in which it lay, Peyrolles, whose etymology is:
- The origin of the name Serres (S)
could, according to Messrs HIVERT and MURAT, come from the Sanskrit "Sar",
which means "star" (ser in Celtic). In our view, this
could be an allusion to the Holy Grail, one of whose denominations is "The
P. FERTE (pp. 140-141) reports the
opinions of several authors concerning the Peyrolles menhir:
According to historian Louis FEDIE:
"The menhir of PEYROLLES is only some 200
metres from the road, across from milepost 65 km. It is in ancient (sic)
limestone, inclined S.S.O. and raised 2m50 above the ground. Its greatest width
is 0.75 m, its thickness 0.60 m. It is said that a VAST EXCAVATION EXISTS
UNDER THE MONUMENT, the earth resonating hollowly at the foot of the
megalith (note of the late Abbé ANCE). But here we
are finally across from the château d’ARQUES."
"We should mention a circumstance that struck
us greatly. Around this and almost at the base of the monument, the firm
terrain, which seems encrusted with pebbles, presents a singular phenomenon. It
sounds hollow under horses' hooves, as if the rider were passing over a vault.
Is there, near the Celtic stone, a cavern hollowed out by nature? Or is it the
hand of man that has dug the ground at this point and hollowed out a cavity of
"We are justified in believing that a cavity lies under this peulvan,
a natural grotto or cavern dug by the hand of man, a good place for
According to Monsieur G. SICARD (1926):
"The ground resonates under foot around the
monument and it is said that a fairly wide cavity or excavation exists
According to Monsieur MAZIERES:
"M. COURTEJAIRE had established that there,
where can be seen the raised stone of Les Pontils, near the village of ARQUES,
hence north-east of RENNES-LE-CHATEAU, there is a fault. By deduction, he was
persuaded that in this place there was an ancient Iberian-Gallic temple, volque,
and perhaps caches..."