According to the genealogies in the “Prieure documents’, M. Plantard is a lineal descendant of King Dagobert II and the Merovingian dynasty. According to the same genealogies, he is also a lineal descendant of the owners of Chateau Barberie, the property destroyed by Cardinal Mazarin in 1659. Throughout the course of the inquiry we had repeatedly encountered M. Plantard’s name. Indeed, so far as release of information during the last twenty-five years or so was concerned, all trails seemed to lead ultimately to him. In 1960, for example, he was interviewed by Gerard de Sede and spoke of an “international secret’ concealed at Gisors
. During the subsequent decade he seems to have been a major source of information for M. de Sede’s books on both Gisors and Rennes-leChateau .According to recent disclosures, M. Plantard’s grandfather was a personal acquaintance of Berenger Sauniere. And M. Plantard himself proved to own a number of tracts of land in the vicinity of Rennes-leChateau and Rennes-les-Bains, including the mountain of Blanchefort. When we interviewed the town antiquarian at Stenay, in the Arennes, we were told that the site of the Old Church of Saint Dagobert was also owned by M. Plantard. And according to the statutes we obtained from the French police, M. Plantard was listed as Secretary General of the Prieure de Sion. In 1973 a French magazine published what seems to have been the transcript of a telephone interview with M. Plantard. Not surprisingly he did not give very much away. As might be expected, his statements were allusive, cryptic and provocative raising, in fact, more questions than they answered. Thus, for example, when speaking of the Merovingian bloodline and its royal claims, he declared, “You must explore the origins of certain great French families, and you will then comprehend how a personage named Henri de Montpezat
could one day become king. ‘z4 And when asked the objectives of the Prieure de Sion, M. Plantard replied in a manner whose evasiveness was predictable, “I cannot tell you that. The society to which I am attached is extremely ancient. I merely succeed others, a point in a sequence. We are guardians of certain things.
And without publicity. The same French magazine also published a character sketch of M. Plantard, written by his first wife, Anne Lea Hisler, who died in 1971. If the magazine is to be believed, this sketch first appeared in Circuit, the Prieure de Sion’s own internal publication for which M. Plantard is said to have written regularly under the pseudonym of “Chyren’
: Let us not forget that this psychologist was the friend of personages as diverse as Comte Israel Monti, one of the brothers of the Holy Vehm, Gabriel Trarieux d’Egmont, one of the thirteen members of the Rose-Croix, Paul Lecour, the philosopher on Atlantis, the Abbe Hoffet of the Service of Documentation of the Vatican, Th. Moreaux, the director of the Conservatory at Bourges, etc. Let us remember that during the Occupation, he was arrested, suffered torture by the Gestapo and was interned as a political prisoner for long months. In his capacity of doctor of arcane sciences, he learned to appreciate the value of secret information, which no doubt led to his receiving the title of honorary member in several hermetic societies. All this has gone to form a singular personage, a mystic of peace, an apostle of liberty, an ascetic whose ideal is to serve the well-being of humanity. Is it astonishing therefore that he should become one of the eminences grises from whom the great of this world seek counsel?
"The Greek name was Cheiron, which means the pierced, or who pierces. In the Greek fables Cheiron was renowned for his skill in hunting, medicine, music, athletics, and prophecy. All the most distinguished heroes of Greece are described as his pupils. He was supposed to be immortal, but he voluntarily agreed to die; and, wounded by a poisoned arrow (not intended for him) while in conflict with a wild boar, he transferred his immortality to Prometheus; whereupon he was placed amongst the stars.
"We can easily see how this fable is the ignorant perversion of the primitive Revelation. The true tradition can be seen dimly through it, and we can discern Him of whom it spoke,--the all-wise, all-powerful Teacher and Prophet, who 'went about doing good,' yet 'despised and rejected of men,' laying down His life that others might live." (Bullinger) (939; Centaurus)