Gaul was in turmoil and Alaric would not have risked taking such a treasure through this country at this time
Why not? The Visigoths had just defeated the Roman Empire? Who would they be afraid of?
No they hadn't they'd merely sacked Rome, the Emperor Honorius was skulking in Ravenna and there were two very large Roman Armies in Gaul.
"The city of Carcassonne contained a part of the treasure of Jerusalem?", but this idea is even based on an older local tradition.
Gregory of Tours reports this in his History of the Franks …. And so do a couple more historians around this time .. i of course use the word 'historian' here loosely....
This is Gerard de Sede again. I have the book you refer to here and it doesn't say that.
Legend has it that they diverted a river and buried Alaric in the river bed then allowed the river back over his body. A technique worth remembering
Archaeology has shown that the Visigoths did not ‘divert’ rivers in their burial customs. If Alaric was buried near water, it is more likely to have been a small stream or something of that nature, if at all …Why should we remember this technique in relation to the Rennes le Chateau myth .....
Well I did say that legend has it, however if I'm looking for an archaeology site I do not say to myself All-Legends-are-Rubbish
and then pack up and go home.
Galla Placidia, who had been his captive since the sacking of Rome. Galla Placidia eventually became Ataulf's wife
Some of the treasure of Solomon was used by Ataulf at this wedding so we know the treasure was with him at this time. And as point of fact, Galla Placidia was supposed to have not been very impressed with being presented with jewells theat had been stolen from her kindred at Rome ....they also used plated and such like taken from the Temple of Solomon (apparently).
Gerard de Sede again I'm afraid.
There is a school of thought that the treasure was loaded onto the ships
Some of the treasure was stolen by a section of the Visigothic army …..who were not originally Visigothic. They became the original Counts of Albi … and this family held Albi etc right up to the Albigensian Crusade. Legends say this family had a ‘treasure’ ….
was loaded onto the ships that were due to go to North Africa
And is it related to Alaric? Why would Alaric put it on ships to Africa? Or any Goth for that matter….
Thats kind of even more bizarre than thinking they took it into ancient France ...
Well that's where he was going, why wouldn't he take it with him?
Alaric was not the first to have sacked Rome by the way.
The Celts did it. Another man called Brennus, the Raven King.
The magic and mystique around the Visigothic kingdom at Toulouse was because they had the Sacred Treasure – that which came from Solomons Temple. I doubt those who sacked Rome before this had this same Sacred Treasure.
The Treasure of Delphi was taken to Tolosa (That's Toulouse). Strabo told us.
The cursed treasure of Delphi is a more likely scenario if we are looking for treasure around Rennes le Chateau
Why not both? Alaric did ransack his way through Greece too.
I wouldn't have said ransacked. You have to remember that Alaric was trying to negotiate with the Romans. Ransacking wouldn't have done his case any good. It's important to note that the sacking of Rome by the Goths was quite civilized by the standards of the time.
My point was that the Goths would have had to take Solomon's treasure around with him and they didn't go to South Western France until two years after the sacking of Rome.