Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar by Ben Hammott: 100 year old clues left by a French priest 100 years ago, lead to an amazing discovery. Paperback – 15 May 2012
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This book tells of the mysterious happenings at Rennes-le-Chateau, a small village in the South of France. However, this is not the usual regurgitated story about the mystery or the mysterious priest named Berenger Sauniere who found something hidden in his church that made him a very wealthy man, this book brings new information and objects to the table. There has been much speculation on what it was Sauniere found but until now it was just that: speculation. Ben Hammott has done something that it seems no other person who has visited the ancient church before has been able to. Ben has managed to solve some of Sauniere's clues that over 100 years ago he cleverly and subtly embedded in his church decorations. These clues led to some amazing discoveries, including a lost Templar Tomb, 2000 year old relics and some treasure!All of Ben's research and discoveries are revealed in detail and with the inclusion of more than 300 photographs you really get a feel for how Ben managed to solve the clues and then followed them to make his discoveries. It is like you are there walking the landscape with him. Ben's refreshing, and at times humorous way of writing is a joy and makes for a very pleasurable, entertaining and informative read.This book is a valuable addition to anybody interested or researching the Rennes-leChateau mystery.A.P.Oppenheimer ResearcherI know you think I am biased, maybe I am ... but its a good book. The layout (which i believe was done mostly by Bill Kersey) appears to me to be excellent. Easy on the eye. The font size (that some of you here criticised) seems to me to be the correct size too. The illustrations are good, plentiful and seem to me to be all relevant. I must say, this must have been a labour of love for all concerned. It must have been a mammoth job to get it finally into print. It looks prefessional even though it was not 'professionally' published. Its a very different animal to the 'usual' books concerned with Rennes Le Chateau. Its just one persons story about how he became embroiled in Rennes Research. And the unfolding of that story ... All the infamous papers are there ... and the other items discovered. How will you interpret it all? Now you can make up your own mind ... when you read it straight from the horses mouth as it were ... : )Sandy Hamblett Archaeologist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Treasure, tombs, secret codes and hidden clues, a brutal murder, the Knights Templar and 2000 year old relics - it could be the premise for a new archaeological thriller. Except that it is real.
What begins as a treasure hunt and a bit of fun and adventure, leads an Englishman to the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Chateau, where an ordinary man unlocked a mysterious puzzle set up by a priest 100 years ago.
Abbé Bérenger Sauniere became mysteriously and fabulously rich after finding a hidden parchment when carrying out repairs to the Church of Mary Magdalene.
Subsequent to Sauniere's death in 1917, speculation was rife about the possible source of his sudden wealth. Some have said it was proceeds from the sale of an ancient or a Royal Treasure? Or it might have been hush money paid by the Vatican to keep Sauniere quiet, but if so what did Sauniere find that they were so afraid of?
As many believe, the mysterious priest had embedded clues in his church decoration leading to a treasure or a secret, & the source of his wealth. When Ben Hammott enters the church he soon spots something that everyone else has somehow missed--a key that deciphers some of the embedded clues.
Painstakingly deciphering and following the clues, Ben is led to a discovery of 2000-year-old artefacts, a treasure of gold, and a Knights Templar tomb containing a shrouded body!
The area surrounding Rennes-le-Chateau features prominently in the bloodline legend which follows the premise that Mary Magdalene escaped Jerusalem with child, sailed to France and settled in the region. Centuries old manuscripts also support this legend.
Mitochondrial DNA tests carried out on a hair sample give the body a Middle Eastern profile, rare in Europe with an incidence of only 4% - Are the legends and the tomb linked? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I bought The Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar as I have been interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery for many years and had visited the village a few years ago. I have read many books on the subject, some good and some not so good, but Ben's book is by far one of best, certainly the most interesting and enjoyable and I place it in my top ten of every book I have ever read!
The book covers Ben's research and discoveries from when he first heard of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery and his later discoveries. The mystery happened around 100 years ago and concerns Berenger Sauniere, the priest of the small French village called Rennes-le-Chateau, who found something in his church that turned him from a penniless priest into a very wealthy one. Ben explains how the decorations in Berenger Sauniere's Church held hidden clues leading to locations in the surrounding landscape. By deciphering these clues Ben found these locations and what was hidden there.
I don't want to spoil it for people who don't know what Ben found yet so I will not reveal it here, but a big clue is in the title of the book, but there were also other things Ben found including some 2000 year old relics and treasure! All of Ben's discoveries are covered in detail and at times it is an hilarious read. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, so much so that my teenage son wanted to read the book after me. He knew very little about the Rennes-le-Chateau saga but like me he thoroughly enjoyed the book.Read more ›
Having read most of the Books on the subject this one at least is now exposed as lies - the speculations of other authors of this genre might be similar. All I know I that the RLC Story is a ripping yarn and as long as no one takes it seriously then its ok.
It's written in a contemporary, conversational style that makes good reading but may annoy some traditionalists. He takes you through his following of the 'clues' and on to some astounding revelations. I'll leave the book to explain what they are, but suffice to say that to anyone interested in the mystery, they are (if genuine) enormous news.
The real doubt is not about the quality of the book but the authenticity of the discoveries. In the meantime, it's a entertaining and engrossing read, especially fo anyone with an interest in RLC, the origins of Christianity and related subjects.
In March 2012 Ben Hammott admitted that most of this book is a hoax. He never found a body. the first pics were of a scale model before the rest were of a fake full sized tomb built in the UK. The bottles and chests are also fake, although the items were of genuine antiquity. This does not devalue all of the book. The excellent chapter on the murder of Abbe Gelis is still as fascinating now as ever. As is some of the other research. So a book you need to be carefull with picking out the truth from the lies. It' still an entertaining read though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author was cornered and confessed to faking the bottles, the messages, the tomb (one was a scale model and one was a set in a warehouse in the home counties somewhere - hence... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by D. R. White
Setting aside the writing style, which I found intensely annoying, with endless anecdotes about bringing his own English sausages to France to avoid having to eat that nasty... Read morePublished on 23 April 2012 by C. Loake
The writer has since confessed to faking everything in this book, the bottles, the clues, the tomb, the body, the whole lot
It should be withdrawn from sale. Read more
I read this book a year or so ago and have seen the Bloodline movie (Awesome) and all I can ask is, What's next and where is any of the follow-up information? Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2010 by J. DeMolay
This is yet another trip to Rennes le Chateau and the gold at the end of the rainbow. The source material seems to be the same old stuff peddled by Dan Brown, Baigent, Lomas,... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2010 by Trefor Johns
I don't normally write reviews , but this boook has astounded me.
It could have done with rather more stringent editing but nonetheless it has proved to be an enthralling... Read more
I bought this book a year ago, and read it in no time. It was exciting and the finds were just what you were hoping for. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2009 by J. Stoeving
I bought this book almoust 2 years ago and since then i carried it around with me everywhere. This book is "MY BIBLE". Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2009 by Ursus