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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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  • Paperback: 658 pages
  • Publisher: Ben Hammott (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956236944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956236944
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,051,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Was lent this by a friend last month to read on a long journey. It was an enjoyable read, although a little fantastical. Curious to learn more I then read up a bit on the web, to discover that the author's own website contained a confession from the author that the whole work was a fabrication! Sadly, this confession is not on the author's home page but several pages in. So, if you want an entertaining work of fiction then buy it. If, as I was after reading the disclaimer on the author's website, you might be slightly incredulous that this book remains on sale!
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I normally do not write reviews but this book impressed me so much it encouraged me to do so. I cannot remember enjoying a book so much for a long time and I have read more than a few covering a wide range of topics.

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.
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Ok so its fake - I didn't actually know when buying the book (Should have read the reviews!), but as some Pulp Fiction for my Kindle it was a good read. Around 100 pages into the book you get the sense that all is not right and further reading becomes more incredulous as a series of really blatant fakes happen - I initially thought the book seemed like a 'Blair Witch Project' for Rennes Le Chateau and am pleased to know it was not real!!
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.
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The theories on Rennes-le-Chateau and Sauniere are many and varied, and the original story promises to be the greatest story ever told, although it hasn't been fully told. In this book Hammott promises that he has now told it, and offers a final solution that answers all the questions.

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.
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I was one of the first to read this book when it was published. In many ways it is facinating. Where others have found little or noevidence to support their theories Mr Hammott finds more than i think even he knows what to do with. Along with four bottles containing messages, a number of engraved rocks, and a chest containing coins and numerous other artefacts he discoveres most importantly of all a body. But who is it? He believes it to be the mummified corpse of Mary Magdeline (possible wife of Jesus?). There are plenty of people willing to dismiss his findings without giving them due consideration. I can understand this. There is a huge amount of professional jealousy in the Rennes Le Chateau/ Sauniere affair. Also the presense of a mummified corpse and the glut of evidence to some suggest fraud. i for one think he should be given a chance to prove himself. Let science test the evidence and find out how a mummy has survived in such a wet enviroment. I must mention the excellent chapter on the murder of the Preist Antoine Gellis. This is the most detailed study on it I have ever read. Anyone with a genuine interest should buy it for that alone. One thing though could we PLEASE have a hardbacked edition with an index.


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.
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