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The Priory of Sion = Fake?

June 27, 2011

Even though the Priory of Sion [Prieuré de Sion] myth has been debunked by many a journalist or scholar as being one of the greatest religious linked deceptions of the 20th century, it doesn’t appear that way on the internet, as it’s still abound with websites, blogs and forum pages still quoting the well known statement of Dan Brown’s in his The Da Vinci Code, and the 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, whom both claim it as being a factual organisation, – and it’s could be argued due to this continuous proliferation stimulated by this myth, that may have or is contributing to the problem of “conspiracy theories” in general.  The general myth puts the Priory of Sion dating back to 1099, whereas if anything, it dated to the 1950’s in France.

Others such as David Klinghoffer wrote in 2006, The Da Vinci Protocols: Jews should worry about Dan Brown’s success on National Review Online, he pointed out many people are troubled by the romantic reactionary ideology unwittingly promoted in these works [1].  And in a way this is why I’ve decided to comment on this ongoing saga, – as after all I’m writing about Freemasonry, which is of course an impossible task do so without mentioning the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple, or simply as Templars. [2]

This does of course all depend on what side of the fence you sit on, but saying as I do not believe in “manmade” religions, I therefore find it difficult to conceive the whole “Jesus bloodline thing”.  As  what I’m saying is, I believe ‘Jesus’ was/is just another metaphor for the ‘Sun’, as was the Egyptian god ‘Ra’, and that the two of them among many others, were just separate deities appropriate for their own group of devoted believers and followers and for their relevant times in history.  So as far as them being the actual “real” persons that “history” portrays them to be, – in my eyes they weren’t.  And if they weren’t actually “real” people, then they couldn’t have had any “real” relatives or descendents.

In the children’s tale Pinocchio, a woodcarver named Geppetto created a wooden puppet, who “dreamt” of becoming a “real” boy named Pinocchio.  So even though in the tale Pinocchio existed as a main character, he was after all a creation made by Geppetto, and therefore no bloodline could have existed, whereas it could of been possible in the realms of Geppetto having a past bloodline, though as he had no children of his own, he too had no hereditary descendents to follow on from him.

So to me, Geppetto is like “their God” who created Pinocchio/Jesus and their religion/s. “You shall be my little boy…, and I shall call you ‘Pinocchio”, said Geppetto, adding: “Tomorrow you will start going to school with the “real” boys. You will learn many things, including ‘how to behave’”. [3] In the story, if Pinocchio lied, then he’s nose would grow, and at the times when he did, it did.  We also know if he was to stop lying and was a good boy, he’s dream of becoming a real boy would be realised.  And that’s how the “tale” ends, he becomes a “real” boy, – and I suppose there are those who will argue and say; – ‘See, if this happened to Pinocchio, then the same could be said about God/Jesus’, [then I’d reply, ‘It’s a Puppet!, well at least we agree on one thing, – which is, it’s only a tale and fiction, like that of the Bible and Koran or even the Book of Ezra], – and maybe there’s an underling hidden meaning to what the author Carlo Collodi, was trying to purvey to the reader, which is, if you “believe” in something strong enough, then your “dream can come true”, – which is more in the realms of the occult, – but then again that’s another subject entirely, – though isn’t after all, all religions extensions of the occult anyway?

So to me Carlo Collodi, who created and wrote Pinocchio, it was the Babylonians/Levites who created and wrote the religious text’s of the Bible, Tanakh and Torah, – what then led onto the Koran/Qur’an, and when in turn their Collodi’s [alias companions of Muhammad’s], wrote that etc., and all their characters and the religions they represent.  So it’s your Collodi’s/the Babylonians/Levites who you could say “own” the copyrights, and who are entitled to all the royalties from the sale of their books and all the merchandising that goes with, and as they have all long since died, it’s their ‘bloodline descendants’, in whose financial interest it is to continuously perpetuate the myth about their “coming about” and their existence, – in which of course over a period of time there have become and have been appointed many protectorates who have in succession been put in place to look after all the different dynastic “share holder” families, who all in turn have a stake to claim and interest in their own perspective religions and all their off-shoots, – and no different from the families of Elvis Presley’s, John Lennon’s or Pablo Picasso’s etc.

     The authors of Holy Blood and the Holy Grail [1982] stated a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, created the Knights Templar as its military arm and financial branch, whose mission it was/is to installing the Merovingian dynasty, that ruled the Franks from 457 to 751, on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe, – [1] as it is the Merovingian ancestors who are said to be descendants of the Jesus and his alleged wife, Mary Magdalene, traced further back to King David.  It goes on to say the legendary Holy Grail is in fact the “womb” of Saint Mary Magdalene and therefore “proof” of the sacred royal bloodline she gave birth to; and that the Church tried to kill off all remnants of this bloodline and their supposed guardians, the Cathars and the Templars, so the Vatican and their Popes could hold the episcopal throne through the apostolic succession of Peter without fear of it ever being usurped by an antipope from the hereditary succession of Mary Magdalene.

So how I see it, it’s all about big business, power and control, and they’re just another link in the illumanti cabal, forming one of the major players.  All countries, areas and regions have their dynasties whether they’re from Chad, Ethiopia, China, Ancient Egypt, Japan, England, Germany, Saudi Arabia or even the likes of the families linked to Persian Empire for example.  Much of our European political history is dominated by dynasties such as the Carolingians, the Capetians, the Habsburgs, the Stuarts, the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs, etc., all form part of the Illuminati as a whole, all striving to widen their power bases and increase their fortunes etc.


In the 2006 non-fiction book The Sion Revelation: The Truth About the Guardians of Christ’s Sacred Bloodline by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, they accept that the pre-1956 history of the Priory of Sion was a hoax created by Plantard, and that his claim that he was a Merovingian dynast was a lie.  However, they insist that this was part of a complex red herring intended to distract the public from the hidden agenda of Plantard and his “controllers”.  They say the Priory of Sion was a front organisation for one of the many hidden political societies which have been plotting to create a “United States of Europe[1] [which is certainly come about, that is yet to be finally tweaked], in line with French Freemason and occultist Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre’s whose the “daddy of the Big Society” who developed the term Synarchy – which is the association of everyone with everyone else, into a political philosophy, and his ideas about this type of government proved influential in politics and the occult, and looks like he has a devotee in David Cameron.

During 1877 Saint-Yves d’Alveydre’s wrote the “Keys of the Orient”, where he presents a solution [based on developing a religious understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims] to the “question of the Orient”, brought about by the decay of the Ottoman empire which caused tensions in the Middle East, – and as we can see what’s happening in the present day Egypt and the Middle East in general,  perhaps Saint-Yves d’Alveydre’s is looking down with glee.  I tend to agree along the same lines as Picknett and Prince, that indeed the “Priory of Sion” [perhaps not under that name], was a front organisation for one of the many other Masonic secret societies, who all share that same Illuminati umbrella, that today spans the globe.

Here are the following facts about the Priory of Sion, and hope it gives you a clearer picture as to what’s going on, as even though I’ve already stated it’s long been debunked, many people are aware of details.  I think it’s rather important we discuss the authenticity of such “famous” documents like those of the Les Dossiers Secrets [the Secret Files], and especially so when authors as famous as Dan Brown, categorically state in their books, – that they are true.  We know The Da Vinci Code [2003] is a book of fiction, but despite this at the beginning of the book, it states: Fact; “The Priory of Sion [Prieuré de Sion], – a European secret society founded in 1099 – is a real organisation…” More important, is that he goes on to say that at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; “You can find proof that it was founded in Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades”.  That proof is allegedly in the Les Dossiers Secrets. [4]

So therefore on reading such a statement you wouldn’t be mistaken in assuming this must be the case and factual.  And perhaps the reason as to why Dan Brown did make this assumption, was that he too read; that in 1975 it was widely reported that the Paris Bibliothèque Nationale [French National Library], discovered parchments known as the Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of; The Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Sandro Botticelli, Victor Hugo and Leonardo da Vinci, and that the document had been introduced into the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1967 by Pierre Plantard.

Tony Robinson, alias Baldrick from Black Adder fame, and Channel 4’s Time Team programmes, made the TV documentary programme; The Real Da Vinci Code Decoded back in 2005, two years after the book was first written, and also on Channel 4, when basically it somewhat incorrectly concluded that; The Priory of Sion, is a name given to multiple groups, both real and fictitious, with the most notorious a fringe fraternal organisation founded and dissolved in France in 1956 by Pierre Plantard.  In the 1960’s, Plantard presented “information” that described the Priory of Sion, as a secret society founded in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099, which serves the interests of the Merovingian dynasty and its alleged bloodlines. [5]

This “myth” was then expanded upon and popularised by the 1982 controversial book; The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, and as I’ve said was later claimed as factual in the preface of the 2003 conspiracy fiction novel; The Da Vinci Code.  Until of course, in 2006 the CBS channel’s 60 Minutes documentary made a programme titled: The Priory of Sion: Myth or Truth? And as a result of this programme and a much earlier BBC2 Timewatch documentary, opinions began to change, though why it took this long for the truth to seem to come to the surface, and perhaps reach a wider audience is amazing, because the actual creator of The Priory of Sion, admitted it was an hoax 3 years prior to the Timewatch programme, and how this revelation escaped Dan Brown and Tony Robinson’s attention is even more remarkable, as all they’ve seemed to have done, is help perpetuate this myth.

Then the shit hit the fan, when in 1993, Plantard admitted ‘under oath’ that he had – “Invented the Priory of Sion and all related documents”.  Plantard had the help of Philippe de Chérisey in creating the parchments, and Gérard de Sède in developing the idea of The Priory of Sion.  De Sède also published, beginning in 1967 several books claiming that other information about The Priory of Sion had been discovered elsewhere in France.  Similarly, de Chérisey admitted to forging the documents.   And the son of Gérard de Sède stated that his father and Plantard had made the whole thing up.  In 1951, Plantard married Anne Léa Hisler [1930–1970].  They moved to the town of Annemasse in south-east France, near the border with Switzerland.  In 1953 according to Robert Amadou, Pierre Plantard was accused of selling degrees of esoteric orders for exorbitant sums.  According to a more reliable source, given in a letter in the sub-prefecture of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, Plantard was given a six-month sentence for fraud, relating to other crimes.[6] It’s been said that some French researchers dispute the connection between Robert Amadou and Pierre Plantard, and what they mean by that I’m not too sure, and as it doesn’t alter the outcome of the documents being fraudulent, I’m not worried about that anyway.

The President of the 1956 Priory of Sion was André Bonhomme who was one of the four founding members of the Priory of Sion in Annemasse in 1956, along with Pierre Plantard.[7]  This was the statement he made in the BBC2 Timewatch documentary; The History of a Mystery [1996]: – “The Priory of Sion doesn’t exist anymore.  We were never involved in any activities of a political nature.  It was four friends who came together to have fun.  We called ourselves the Priory of Sion because there was a mountain by the same name close-by.  I haven’t seen Pierre Plantard in over 20 years and I don’t know what he’s up to but he always had a great imagination.  I don’t know why people try to make such a big thing out of nothing.There’s no evidence for a Priory of Sion until the 1950s; to find it, you go to the little town of St-Julien.  Under French Law every new club or association must register itself with the authorities, and that’s why there’s a dossier here showing that a Priory of Sion filed the proper forms in 1956.  According to a founding member, this eccentric association took its name not from Jerusalem, but from a nearby mountain [Col du Mont Sion Alt. 786 m]. The dossier also notes that the Priory’s self-styled Grand Master Pierre Plantard, who is central to this story, has done time in jail”.-  Pierre Plantard was sentenced on the 17th December 1953 by the court of St Julien-en-Genevois to six months in prison for breaking the French Law relating to Abus de Confiance [fraud and embezzlement].

The Bibliothèque Nationale made exact copies for the 60 Minutes programme to look at and examine, because they said the originals were far too fragile to handle.  One document gives the history of the Priory of Sion dating back to the 12th Century, and there’s a list of Grand Masters that includes some extremely distinguished names such as Sir Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci.  And to the novice such as I, these kinds of details were as fascinating as they were astounding, until such esteemed scholars like Jonathan Riley-Smith, the former professor of ecclesiastical history at Cambridge University and a leading authority on the “Crusades”, drops a bombshell and reveals: “I do know what was going on in Jerusalem in the 12th Century, I spent 40 years working on it, and what these people say, did not happen”. 

     French researchers have also questioned the authenticity of these secret files ever since they were deposited in the Bibliotheque Nationale in the 1960’s.  Their attention came to focus on Pierre Plantard, who claimed to be the current Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, yet the evidence at the police headquarters in Paris revealed quite a different story, as historian Claude Charlot, who was then the director of police archives, said there was a file on Plantard, who died in 2000, showing that during World War II he was investigated by the secret services, and they concluded: “He is a young man whose mind, as we say in French, is cloudy.  He is a fantasist; he is not a serious person”. Charlot told 60 minutes, and he goes on to say: “Under French law, it’s necessary to deposit the statutes of every new association with the authorities. That’s how a government official there was able to give us information about it.  It was called; The Priory of Sion, named not for 12th-century Jerusalem, but for the local mountain close to where he lived.  Ten years later, and now back in Paris, Plantard gave the Priory of Sion a fictitious pedigree by drawing up that list of Grand Masters and depositing it in the Bibliotheque Nationale”. Charlot goes onto to say, that apart from that list, no historian has found any evidence that the Priory of Sion ever existed before Plantard set up his version in 1956. – “In other words, all that Plantard tells us, or what other people tell us about the Priory of Sion, – that the Grand Master was Victor Hugo or Leonardo Da Vinci, – is sheer invention.  The Priory of Sion, – was just another figment of Plantard’s imagination”.


     The 60 minutes programme goes onto question: “If the Priory of Sion was just a figment of Pierre Plantard’s imagination, what about those parchments that mentioned Sion and were supposedly found by the priest in his church at Rennes Le Chateau?”  John Edwin Wood and Bill Putnam wrote a book about the mystery and say the text in one of the parchments excludes them from being genuine. – “This one uses a Latin version of the Bible, the Vulgate. There are a number of known versions of this at various times in history and by looking exactly at which words are used and which words are not used you can tell which version it is”.

Putnam explains; “This is the version of the Bible used.  The only trouble is, it wasn’t published until 1889, and Sauniere was supposed to have found these centuries-old parchments well before that date.  So it could not possibly have been around had these parchments really been discovered by Sauniere prior to that date”, says Putnam, adding that it was all just an elaborate hoax.  Hearing of the story of Rennes Le Chateau, he decided to use it for his own ends and turned to a friend named Philippe de Cherisey for help in creating those parchments.  “Philippe de Cherisey was a different character altogether, [from Plantard].  He was something of a joker. He’d actually been an actor and had played parts in French television and he was fond of puzzles. And he invented the parchments because he liked puzzles”, says John Edwin Wood.  Like Plantard, de Cherisey is now dead.

Chapter 32 – Trapped in a Masonic World.

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[2] “Portal:Crusades/Article Archive <;.

[3] “”Pinocchio” Fine Art Print by Carlos Rodriguez <;.

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[5] “Occult Secret Societies: The Priory of Sion: Myth or Reality?” <;. [6] “The Priory Of Sion Is The “Secret Organization” Fact Or Fiction?”<;.


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