I presume that people are aware that it is now known that Saunière used an address 12 Rue de la Juiverie, Lyon
to have letters sent to that he didn't want sent to Rennes le Chateau. One letter was from someone known as Montepellierain
The subject of these letters is Maguelonne
, an island off the coast of Montpellier. This place has been regarded as the Southern Mont St Michel.
The name may well be a corruption of Magdalene (or vice versa) and is associated with the cult of Isis.
The island with the church
And here's one for Sheila
Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis who visited the site in the twelfth century described it as
“A narrow island, uninhabited but for the bishop, his priests and a small retinue. It is simple, isolated and impoverished but well fortified against the attacks of the Saracens, who do not cease to infest the seas.”
The we have this at nearby Montpellier:
Notre Dame de Tables
The Notre-Dame des Tables is a church - basilica located in the heart of Montpellier , College Street, it is intimately linked to the history of the city of Montpellier. This church is the mother church of Montpellier and the town is under his patronage and that of St. Roch . Embellished and transformed the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries , the building was rebuilt twice during the Wars of Religion: from 1560 to 1622 , the religious crisis that has shaken Montpellier leads Notre Dame in a series of disasters. Assigned to the reformed religion as the "Temple of the Lodge" in 1561 - The Temple of the l'Ordre de Chevaliers Maçons Élus Coëns de l'Univers founded by Martinez de Pasqually. This doctrine, Pasqually intended for an elite chosen from the ranks of his contemporary masons, and gathered under the banner of the 'Elus Coens' (Elect Priests). Quickly this order gained quite the reputation in French masonic circles, but the theurgic operations remained reserved for the higher degrees. Martinez did not, to a greater extent, graft his system solely on freemasonry. Until 1761, it is to be located in Montpellier, Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, and Avignon. In 1761 he built a special temple in Avignon, where Pasqually resided himself until 1766. At that time, the Order of the Elect Coens is worked as a high-degree system superimposed on the Blue Lodges: The first class has three symbolic degrees, and that of 'maître parfait élu', then the grades Coens proper: apprentice Coën, fellowcraft Coën, and master Coën, Grand Master Coën or Grand Architect, Chevalier d'Orient or Knight Zorobabel, Commandeur d'Orient or Commander Zorobabel, and finally the last degree, the supreme consecration of Reaux Croix. In 1768, Jean-Baptiste Willermoz is ordained Reau-Croix by Bacon Chivalerie. Louis Claude de Saint Martin
Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin commenced the system in 1765, risen quicly to Commander of the Orient. The years 1769 and 1770 saw the Coen-groups multiply extensively in France. In 1772, Saint-Martin was ordained Reau-Croix.
later formed the Martinists. We know that Saunière was an honoured
guest at a Martinist meeting in Lyon.L'Ordre de Chevalier Bienfaisant de la Cité Sainte
The Rite Ecossais Rectifie (Scottish Rectified Rite) is the oldest continuously extant chivalric Masonic Order in the world. In the United States it is known by the name of its pinnacle degree. It was originally an offshoot of Baron von Hund's Rite of Strict Observance. RER works the following system of degrees:Great Priory of Switzerland
4° Maître Ecossais/Scottish Master
4.5° Perfect Master of St. Andrew (Worked at the same time as 4° Scottish Master)
5° Ecuyer Novice/Squire Novice
6° Chevalier Bienfaisant de la Cité Sainte/Knight Beneficient of the Holy City
7° Chevalier-Profès/Professed Knight (Believed to be a Chair Degree)
8° Chevalier-Grand Profès/Grand Professed Knight (Believed to be a Chair Degree)
The governing bodies of the RER are called Great Priories. There is only one governing body in the United States, the Great Priory of America, which was founded in 1934 at Raleigh, N.C., by Dr. William Moseley Brown and J. Raymond Shute II. Under agreement with the Great Priory of Switzerland, membership is limited to 81, divided into three Prefectures limited to 27 members each, and is further limited to no more than two members from each state, with the understanding that some states will never be able to provide even a single candidate for the rite. In England, the Order is governed by the Knights Templar. It is important to observe with caution that there are several other groups of CBCS and other Martinist Orders with different histories and lineages: Some of them are outside of Masonry entirely, and some of them admit women.
The Masonic RER, much like the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, is empowered to work the Craft Degrees (EA, FC, and MM), but in the United States and Europe they choose not to do so, ceding this privilege to the authority of the Grand Lodge system which works the York Rite version of the first three degrees. In several other countries, RER works these degrees directly, and they differ from the York Rite version in that they derive from a source that predates the de-Christianization of the Craft which took place throughout most English speaking systems of Freemasonry to accomodate a truly Universal Fraternity.
- In Sion Switzerland.