- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; First Edition edition (21 Jan. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0283063440
- ISBN-13: 978-0283063442
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Web of Gold: The Secret Power of a Sacred Treasu: The Secret History of Sacred Treasures Hardcover – 21 Jan 2000
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Positing that the treasure of the Jews was brought to France after the Visigoth sack of Rome, the authors explore the Middle Ages and Renaissance profusion of secret societies, and suggest that they were established to protect this hidden wealth, which remains a political power in the 1990s.
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The culmination of nine years research, the Web of Gold finally exposes the labyrinthine web that has been woven around the village of Rennes-le-Chateau, popularised by the 1980s classic The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Although the web encompasses many other associated threads, at its heart is a belief that the fabled treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem, sacked by the Romans in AD70, was later deposited by the Visigoths in ancient mines and caves in the area aroud Rennes-le-Chateau. This belief has motivated the activities of many groups and individuals throughout the centuries - more recently those, such as the secretive Priory of Sion, that are also involved in the subversive world of esoteric and occult politics.
The search for the treasure intensified in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with the activities of General Dagobert, a Grand Orient Freemason, and a fellow initiate the Marquis de Chefdebien, both of who appear to have acquired precious archives which included information relating to the treasure. Almost a century later, the extraordinary and lavish lifestyle of the priest of Rennes-le-Chateau, Berenger Sauniere, drew attention once again to the presence of the legendary treasure and the transmission of archives.
Web of Gold further reveals the search for this treasure by members of the Nazi High Command in the latter stages of WWII. Although it is unlikely that they discovered anything substantial of the holy treasure, it is known that quantities of gold were transported north from the Pyrenees at this time. Attacks on these convoys and the theft of gold by rogue Resistance units is claimed to have led to the destruction of the village of Oradour by the Nazis, and thiry-seven years later to the arrest of Robin Mackness, accused of smuggling gold from south western France.
In following the fate of the archives until the 1950s, the trail ends at the formation and public disclosure of the Priory of Sion. It would appear that members of the Priory gained possession of some of these archives that have lain at the heart of the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, and have been the cause for the promotion of the Priory's own mythology.
In examining the reality of the Priory of Sion, it is revealed that one of their founders, Pierre Plantard, Grand master in the 1980s, was a fervent supporter of the Vichy government's ideals through which he forged friendships that link him to the murky world of the late President Francois Mitterrand. Mitterrand himself maintained a cabal of old Vichy friends who are shown to have been intimately connected with the search for the holy treasure and to the activities of those associted with the gold hijacks during the war.
Finally, the roles of factions within the Catholic Church, political Zionism, secret societies, neo-Masonic and Chivalric sects,are examined with regard to their influence in the politics of Europe. A non-judgemental assessment of their modus operandi and their possible agendas - ranging from anti-Communist activities, to alternate models for a united Europe, and to the blatant search for power and wealth - are analysed, from which a disquieting picture for the future emerges.
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Unfortunately, the Web of Gold, for most of its content, is not that good. It states that the treasure of RLC is the lost treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem, the same way as some people in the past declared that it was the lost tomb of Jesus. From one to the other, I prefere not to chose any.
The second part of the book is more interesting since it deals with more sure facts, like the life of Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair, and we learn a lot about the craziness that took RLC since the 1960s.
But here again, the authors subjectively judge some facts and present them as the "most" possible, which is far from being true. I would for example quote the fact that the Martinist Order know where the location of the treasure is. All this ... waste the otherwise good parts of the book.
Anyway, it worth reading it since some never release information that can be trusted are presented there.
But the readers should keep themselves very prudent in believing anything in that story that does not have any source.
Guy Patton and Robin Mackness have created a singularly fascinating account of the events surrounding the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau. It is a study of intrigue, conspiracy, deception and the greed of men to possess a fabulous treasure. Their book is intensely detailed and filled with so much information it is difficult to fully describe it in this short review. I Have been a dedicated researcher of this subject for some 25 years and I have to admit that a great deal of new and very interesting information has been revealed to me through these pages. There is no doubt whatsoever that the most enormous amount of research has gone into the creation of this book. A feat which must be applauded. If you are a serious enthusiast of this subject I would definitely urge you to add this volume to your collection.
Alan Scott - May 16, 2000
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