Remembered as “the Frenchwoman”, it seems she stayed largely a local enigma, being visited only by a small group of people – each of whom seems to have had a connection to Saunière. According to Chaplin, she received large sums of money from Saunière, sometimes through his brother Alfred. This may tie in with evidence uncovered by Pierre Jarnac and reported on by Guy Patton: “a police file still exists containing some details of a judicial enquiry, following Saunière’s death in 1917, into the source of his revenue. Although the nature of the evidence is now unknown, the enquiry did conclude that he had been ‘trafficking in gold with Spain’.” "You're walking on gold, there's enough to feed the whole village for a hundred years and still there would be some left over."
- Claire Corbu quoting in a live interview on the TV special "History of a Mystery"
what Marie Denarnaud had said to her when Claire was a child living in the village .Starting watching from 5:45 onwardsWas there gold?
Well people thought he had found treasure
This from 1936
From Dr Jean Girou's book.
Marie Denarnaud was still living in Rennes le Chateau at this time, she was 68 years old. Noel Corbu and his family wasn't anywhere near Rennes le Chateau at this time.
She didn't appear to have an income but she owned property and some very good furniture as this letter confirms:
Letter from Abbé Eugène Grassaud to Mlle Marie Dénarnaud dated 10 May 1918:
It was not possible for me to make the promised visit at Easter. When you have to tell me something important, you could come yourself if the health of your parents permits it. A month ago I received from the same person who passed on my letter to you another letter in which it is said you are going to have a visit from one or two people about the purchase of the château.
1. Ask for 200,000 francs, apart from coming down later to 190,000 francs if that is necessary: hold firm, deal with it yourself without using the solicitor of C. who should have sorted it out earlier.
2. Furniture has become very expensive.
3. At the present time the newly rich English and Americans are looking out for good furniture.
4. It would be better to put in your own house what you want to keep.
5. Hold firm on the price.
6. As soon as you have had a visit write to me and except at the full price do not commit yourself in writing without writing first to me.
7. Ask always who they are and on whose behalf do they come and put it in writing.
This and the fact that gold ingots and coins have been found around Rennes le Chateau (and are still being found) then one can hypothesize that Saunière did indeed have a source of gold at his disposal.What was this gold?
It wasn't the Treasure from the Temple of Solomon. That is at the bottom of the Mediterranean. If it was the Ark of the Covenant then the Zionists would be all over the place like a rash. They aren't.
Likely it was the Treasure of Delphi brought to the area by the Volques Tectosages. The evidence for this is from a story related by an old Ariegois related to Otto Rahn. The Druids placed the gold/treasure inside a magic circle
because they thought it was cursed.
There is also this curious story (translated from french):
Thus, Jean-Marie Vidal, in a record devoted to the monks of the abbey alchemists of Boulbonne (1339) published in 1903 recounts the disappointments felt by four monks Boulbonne near Pamiers, too naive, dreaming only (gold bullion hidden) and (enchanted caves), led by their evil genius, a cleric of Rieux, William, (bastard of Mosset), who had taught them that (near Limoux) an infinite treasure was Hidden on a (mysterious mountain), under the supervision of a fairy. In a clandestine meeting you at the door of the monastery, we will consult, with a commitment to shut the project to anyone. We should get a wax effigy made in the image of the fairy receiver of stolen goods. She was christened, and it will force her to speak in the poignant to the place of the heart. It will reveal the secret of the cave.
The plot is well underway, the bastard of Mosset acquired the doll. Pierre Garaud, bourgeois Pamiers, the cache for some time with him. The monk Raymond Fennel and will take the door in the monastery church, he places it on the altar of St. Catherine, it is celebrated several Masses every day. Strangely, no one can discover or suspect use sacrilege which it was intended. Raymond Fennel tries to baptize. A friend of Bernard Aynié, clerk of the church of Montaut, lends him the ritual of baptism, but refuses to deliver the holy chrism. This is an unexpected obstacle and, apparently, insurmountable. The monk Raymond, discouraged, reports Voult Baraud at Pierre, Pamiers. William Mosset commits the imprudence of asking in front of him, his accomplice, if the rite is performed. Game is up. Garaud fans the match and give the abbot of Boulbonne, Durand, the box containing the image of nine wax and needles for the dawn.
Revealed the scandal, Pope Benedict XII, himself intervened in this case. On December 2, 1339, he ordered the abbot Durand lay the guilty in jail and seize books, papers and effects of the Body Snatchers. And July 23, their trial is open. We do not know the exact terms of the award, but it is likely that it enacted no less than the degradation and perpetual imprisonment on bread and water for the main culprits.
This may be the entrance.
The latter because of the painting in Rennes les Bains church known as Christ and the Hare
Boudet, the former curé of Rennes les Bains church and a contemporary of Saunière, allegedly wrote in a book, with three versions dated 1891, 1914 and another in 1914, (The first version appears to have been signed by Edmund Boudet) about, the born again brother of Mary of Bethany, Lazarus and the book is called “Lazare Véni Foras!”
(Lazarus step forward). In this book Boudet told us to think about a Hare
which encourages us to think about a treasure.
I would recommend caution, it may be booby trapped. However what ever may have been in there has probably long gone.