Berenger's brother was a
jesuit, but he would have had an eventful life…
He was born in Montazels
He was ordained as a
priest in 1878 and was appointed as a curate in Alzonne.
He was a Jesuit. After
1879, he was a teacher in the Compagnie de Jesus (The Fellowship of
In 1893, he was a
teacher at the Petit Seminaire (the Small Seminary) in Narbonne.
He was a chaplain in the
youth fellowship in Narbonne in 1897.
It is said he was in a
relationship with Marchioness de Bozas and Marie Emilie Salière.
He was sent away from
the Chefdebien de Zagariga’s house where he used to be a private
He died in Montazels in
september 09 1905.
She was born on August 12th
1868 in Esperaza. Her parents were Guillaume (04/21/1840-01/28/1930) and
Alexandrine Marre (1844-06/19/1928).
She had 3 brothers :
Antoine Dieudonné (12/12/1878-12/24/1878)
She had a foster sister
Julie Fons. She was a hatter in Esperaza. She became Saunière’s faithful
servant in 1891. It is said she knew his secret. She owned the whole
domain. When he died ,she was left penniless and she had to sell her
domain in return for a life annuity to Noel Corbu. She died on January
29th 1953 and she never told anything about the priest’s secret. The
villagers called her " the priest’s madonna ".
Ruin of the
house of the Denarnaud
Rosa Emma Calvet. She was a
famous singer. She loved Hinduism and occultism. In 1894, she bought the
castle of Cabrières, near Millau.
Emma Calve, Superieur
For a long time now there have been many authors who have explored the
hypotheses that Emma Calve was a member of esoteric groups or secret
society. In this document made in Paris on November 11th, 1892, at the
cabaret "chat noir", we can see the sign of Emma Calve, just before one
sign of SI, Supérieur Inconnu, the third degree of the Martinist Order.
Among all the signatures, we can see also the one of Camille Flammarion
and also the one of Stanislas de Gaïta
Jean Jacques Henri Boudet
was born on 16/11/1837 in Quillan. He entered the seminary in
Carcassonne and got a degree in english. He was ordained as a priest on
December 25th 1861. He was the priest of Rennes les Bains (447
inhabitants) from 1872 to 1914. He was a scholar who mastered perfectly
greek, latin, english and saxon.
He succeeded Jean Vié. It is said that he saw very much Father Saunière
.His behaviour raised questions. He changed the date of the death of
Jean Vié on his tombstone. In the cemetery 2 graves bear the same name:
Count Paul Urbain de Fleury (Marchionness of Blanchefort’s grandson).
He was buried in Axat, and his grave is also strange : there are the
figures 31OXI… As he had written a small book it could mean 310pages and
chapter, or page 11.
We can’t exactly know what
part he played in the story. There were many rumours. Some said he was
the instigator of the whole story ,said he brought Saunière’s wealth…
His accounts book shows he has given 3 679 431 francs.
His book The true celtic langage and Rennes les Bains’s megalith was
published in 1886. Its 310 pages are quite crazy and full of paradoxes :
The publisher François Pomies wrote the date 1886,now,Pomies
publications closed in 1880 !!!
Moreover, there was only one
edition of this book, but 2 versions of the map inside,one was made by
Edmond Boudet, a lawyer in Axat who was the priest’s brother.
P.U de Fleury's
Jean Vie's tomb
P.U de Fleury
l'abbé Jean V
Jean Antoine Maurice Gélis
was born on April 1827 in Villesequelandes. He was a priest in Durban
and in Lanet. He was appointed to Coustaussa in 1858. He was murdered in
the kitchen in his presbytery on November 1st, he had been hit several
times on his head.
Nothing was stolen. The money he had was left there. A bag which
contained documents was searched . The corpse had been brought back in
the center of the room, and his hands joined on his chest. The murderer
left no trace except cigarette paper (TZAR), on one piece of paper was
written "viva angélina". He was suspicious. The front door was not
broken, the priest knew the one who killed him.
Father Saunière and Father Boudet came to his burial.
Father Gélis’s nephew was accused for the murder on April 13th, but the
court discharged him because he wasn’t in the area when his uncle was
DANS VOS PRIERES
de l'âme de
Mr GELIS ANTOINE
Curé de Coustaussa de 1857 à 1897
Assassiné dans cette paroisse
Victime de la haine des méchants
Dans la nuit du 31 octobre
Au 1er novembre 1897
Erat vir simplex et rectus, ac timens
Deum, et recedens a malo.
Hic est veré
Martyr, qui pro christi
nomine sanguinem suum fudit
Henri Charles Etienne was
born in Paris on September 29th 1852. He died in La bézole on September
In 1884 he married Eulalie
Juliette Marie Louise Petiet who was a famous paintor from Limoux. She
died on April 17th 1893.
His father was appointed as prefect of Puy de Dôme in 1848.
He was interested in
painting and he was the pupil of Maîtres Cadanel and Roux.
He painted pictures
of the military life and many portraits. He even got a price at
the 1889 World Fair.
In 1875 he starts
exhibiting under his mother's name: Etienne Beaumetz.
His more famous
paintings are "Ils ne l'auront pas"(1887) and "Salut à la
He was elected at the
general council for the district of Limoux in 1887 and was elected
as the president of the district assembly three times. On September
22 1889, he became the deputy for Aude. He was reelected in 1893,
1898, 1902, 1906 and 1910. He was highly regarded in the Palais
Bourbon. He was a member of the Gauche Democratique (democratic left
wing)and he said he loved justice and humanity. He voted for :
of the length of military service
-the law against congregations
-the separation of the Church from the State
In 1896, he was the
president of the Radical Left, then he was the vice-president of
the budget commission.
In 1899 he was a
reporter for the Beaux Arts budget.
In 1900 he was the
president of the agriculture commission.
In 1905 he was
appointed as the secretary of Beaux Arts under Rouvier's
government. He was appointed again to this charge under
Sarrien's, Clémenceau's, Briand's, Monis',and Cailhaux's
In 1907, he sided
with the wine growers who were revolting instead of preparing
his electoral campaign.
In 1911, he is
criticized by chansonniers when the MonaLisa disappears.
On January 7th 1912,
he is elected senator for Aude
Marie Petiet and Etienne
Dujardin-Beaumetz in La Bézole. He loved his wife and he decided that
his recumbent statue would watch over her last sleep.