I know. For some people, research is only slugging through the French landscape looking for tombs/treasure/whatever, or digging through dusty archives.
Or drawing lines on maps. (I don't mock that. I think there might be something to sacred geometry/geomancy research. I'm just not doing it at the moment.)
I do most of mine on the Internet and in my library (using interlibrary loan where necessary). If you find it valuable fine, hey if not, it's fine too. I didn't find the link between Cocteau and Jean Hugo ON the Internet, but the Internet is the easiest way to illustrate it.
To those finding stuff in dusty archives: I salute you, and I salute you more when you put it on the web so people who live outside of France have access to it.
To those digging and shuffling through the landscape: I'm not sure the "treasure" can be found under the ground, but as long as you're not blowing up other peoples' property with dynamite, carry on.
Is what I'm pointing out of any relevance? Maybe, maybe not. I think it is if one reads Michel Lamy's Chapter 12 (I'm finally getting around to his book, issued in 2007 in English, reading it at the same time as Patrice's) about the Angelic Society.
p. 238 (quoting Grasset d'Orcet's work in the 1881 Revue Britannique)
"There are literary names that never vanish from the great human signboard. These are the artists whose works combine a rather deep knowledge and a form that is moving enough to compel the interest ... of all social classes. In modern times this list would include Dante, Rabelais, Cervantes, and Goethe. My comparison of these four geniuses who are otherwise so different is not unintentional. Each surrendered only a part of his secret to the public, reserving for an infinitely more restrained circle of associates the complete understanding of his work.... A host of distinctive signs indicate that he belonged to the same mysterious society as his predecessors. [The Angelic Society]"
The last sentence in Chapter 12?
"This is the secret society that stands behind the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau."
Le Serpent Rouge is definitely modeled on the Song of Poliphile (SP), which Lamy calls the "breviary" of the Angelic Society.
d'Orcet says the Angelic Society is a society of Goliards ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliard
learned students who lampooned the ecclesiastical and political establishment
That's what "the Priory" looks like to me