History - The Shadow of the Templars
1979. A poor French village priest, Berenger Sauniere (1852-1917) finds some ancient, coded parchments in his church, visits Paris, meets with ecclesiastical authorities and occult groups, and thereafter lives the life of a very wealthy man. The mountain top of Rennes-le-Chateau and of four other adjacent mountain tops precisely mark out a pentagram, the tips of a five-pointed star that stretches across the landscape. Moreover, an interlocking geometry of circles, alignments, and five, six and ten pointed stars extends for miles into the countryside roundabout, fixed precisely by the positioning of churches, chateaux and other landmarks.In 1972, British script writer Henry Lincoln introduced the Mystery of Rennes-le-ChÃ¢teau to the English speaking world through his documentary The Lost Treasure of Jerusalem. It immediately created a storm of publicity and eventually led to the production of a 2nd documentary The Priest, the Painter and the Devil in 1974 and the Shadow of the Templars in 1979. This last documentary was already co-researched by Michael Baigent which later led to Henry, Michael and the late Richard Leigh writing the international bestseller Holy Blood Holy Grail.