Twenty-four years before the war ever started?
"François Bérenger Saunière (11 April 1852 – 22 January 1917)"
Austria-Hungary was a multinational realm and one of the world's great powers at the time. The dual monarchy existed for 51 years until it dissolved on 31 October 1918 before a military defeat on the Italian front of the First World War.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria-Hungary
Not that war Tim ! I should have been clearer and used the phrase ongoing not oncoming ![/quote]
Austria was at peace between 1866 and 1914, what "ongoing" war are you referring to?
Ok, but remember back in 1990 - 1991 Iraq. Would you have been that surprised to find America and England etc in Afghanistan in 2012? 22 years later. There were lots of political manipulation going on around 1900, from the Dual Alliance, Bismark and the Bosnian Crisis etc. I just wondered IF
BS had close ties with anyone with a political heads up he may have pre-empted some of the situation that followed
Saunière's "royalist" ties weren't to Austria-Hungary or its ruling dynasty, but to his own country's claimant living in Austria.
Agreed. But is it viable that he was being paid off to secure a bolt hold for an exiled or deposed "claimant" ?
Only if the claimant planned on making an appearance at some point to rally his troops for another invasion of Spain - which, actually, the papers as late as 1909 thought was a distinct possibility since there were still so many of the troops milling around the border region. But I think as far as lodgings go, there would have been no shortage of aristocratic families willing to offer their chateaux for "the King's" comfort.
Fair enough, I just brought it up as its a previously discussed theory and RLC isn't exactly as obvious as an aristocratic chateau.
What is your view on the correspondence between BS and the Austro Hungarian empire? Existent or not ? If so why, because I doubt he was sharing his lotto win