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The new book by Ben Hammott (Fiction)


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Ben weaves his research and discoveries into an exciting archaeological thriller spanning more than 2000 years. Beginning with the construction of Solomon's Temple, the Fall of Jerusalem, the creation of the Copper Scrolls and the forming of the Knights Templar and their mysterious tunnelling under the Temple Mount. The story then takes us into the trap-riddled catacombs beneath Rosslyn Chapel, on to Rennes-le-Chateau, into the Tomb and beyond.

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In the catacombs beneath Rosslyn Chapel, one man finds a secret they have spent centuries searching for.They are coming to claim it.

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BEGINNINGS is the first book of the Tomb, the Temple, the Treasure and thus continues in book 2 - The Priest's Secret, which will be avalible shortly.

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A hunt for a treasure becomes a Quest for the truth

960BC Solomon’s Temple is completed.

70AD Fall of Jerusalem and the Temple Treasure is Lost

1119AD The Knights Templar tunnel under the Temple Mount. Nine years later they find what they have been searching for and return to France. They become the richest and most powerful order the world has known.

1446 Sir William St Clair builds Rosslyn Chapel.

1891 A penniless priest of the small French village of Rennes-le-Château, discovers a parchment hidden in his church - it turns him into a man of great wealth.

1952 The Copper Scroll is discovered in a cave in Qumran. It is a Treasure map believed to have been written around the time Jerusalem fell.

All are connected Part of a Secret buried for centuries.
A secret many have been searching for without success.
Ancient Families, Secret Orders, innocents wronged. All have suffered. All seek revenge. The Secret will give it to them. They just have to find something that went missing over 2000 years ago.

Present day Ben Hammott enters the hidden catacombs beneath Rosslyn Chapel. He discovers a secret hidden for centuries. They are coming to claim it.

The First Bible by Marcion of Sinope AD 140

First print in paperback in roughly 1700 years. A book often written about during that time, but why hasn't it been printed? Buy NOW and find out for youself! 221 pages. Laminated cover.

Marcion of Sinope


Marcion wrote the first canon of the New Testament in AD 140. For centuries Marcion has been maligned as a heretic since the Church Fathers like Tertullian accused him of taking the razor to the Bible and cutting out several of the Pauline epistles; Acts, 1 & 2 Timothy, Romans and Titus. In addition the only Gospel in Marcion's Bible is two thirds of Luke. Actually that's it. One Gospel and ten Pauline epistles, which means no Revelations and no Old Testament.

Christians like to tell us that Marcion changed the Bible to suit his theology. However it appeared to me from the beginning that before Marcion there was no documented history of Christianity as we know it. So for example there are no reliable historical contemporary accounts of Paul, Peter, Luke, Mark or even the Jesus that we think of today. Likewise archaeological New Testament fragments have been dated starting around 190 AD, again consistent with the first New Testament being written 140 AD.

In addition Bible scholars who actually question things have come to the conclusion that some of the Pauline epistles were added later than whoever wrote the first ones. Their conclusions are consistent with Marcion's Bible being the original text.

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Two Van Buren books on French Ebay

Elizabeth Van Buren
its church and its message

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Elizabeth Van Buren
Le Phenix de Rennes-le-Château

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Jesus after the Crucifixion: From Jerusalem to Rennes-le-Chateau.


Graham Simmans

Graham Simmans was an archaeologist in Israel, Jordan and Egypt where he worked at the early Christian site at Wadi Natrun with Professor van Elderen. He had lived at Rennes-le-Château for many years investigating the Cathars, the Knights Templar and the complex history of this fascinating area. Before his death aged 89 Graham wrote a new book which will be published in March 2007.

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The Life of Jesus: What We Know and What We Don’t Know


Jesus did not die on the cross. He survived and went to southern France with his wife, Mary. This possibility is proposed by Graham Simmans, who spent many years on a quest to find the real beginnings of Christianity. Simmans believes that the spread of Christianity beyond Jerusalem was tied to Jesus' survival of the crucifixion and his subsequent emigration to Europe. Using Coptic and Jewish sources, including the Talmud, that allow a glimpse of the Christian philosophy espoused by Jesus, he contends that true Christianity was brought into France, Britain and Spain from first century Egypt and Judea, not fourth and fifth-century Rome.

His investigation shows that after a time in Egypt, Jesus settled in Rennes-le-Chateau, a sophisticated and cosmopolitan centre of spiritual diversity. It was a natural move for Jesus to settle in the Narbonne area of France - an area already heavily settled by Jewish and Gnostic groups. Here, safely outside the reach of the cultural dictatorship of the Roman Church, the Gnostic secrets he taught survived the centuries. Later, the Knights Templar centred their activity in the Languedoc region around Rennes-le-Chateau, where, within the Jewish communities, a well-connected and influential opposition to Rome already existed. This resistance to Rome gave rise to a religious culture that included elements of Gnostic, Pythagorean and Kabbalistic teachings. Until the Crusades against the Cathar heretics reasserted the dominion of Rome, the culture that flourished around Rennes-le-Chateau embodied the true essence of Christ's message.


Other books Graham was involved in writing include:

Rex Deus: The True Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau and the Dynasty of Jesus.

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Was Jesus Christ the founder of a dynasty that is still with us today? This text shows that the direct descendant of Jesus was installed as the King of Jerusalem, and shows how descendants of the High Priest of the Biblical Temple joined forces to found the Order of the Knights Templar and made links with the Cathar, the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons in order to further their aims.

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Rex Deus is a modern Grail quest with all the accoutrements of mystery, cryptically coded documents and tales of secret societies. persecution and Genocide.

All the threads in the quest lead to Rennes-le-Chateau, a French hilltop village with a turbulent history long associated with religious and political intrigue, secrets and stories of buried treasure. Many claims have been made about its secrets but the true mystery is the most unlikely claim of all - the existence of a group of families descended from the twenty-four high priests of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Rex Deus story is the first full examination of this shadowy dynasty who have repeatedly conspired together to alter the course of history, and the key role it played in the succession of the House of David to the throne of Jerusalem after the first Crusade. it reveals the real influence of this tradition on the development of European culture and the American constitution; and shows how the true teachings of Jesus Christ have been kept in trust for our benefit in the troubled times that mark the beginning of the third millennium.

The Secret Church: The Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau

by Geoffrey Morgan

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The mystery that is the Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau has intrigued the minds of all who have fallen under its spell. Visitors to the little church of St Mary Magdalene have gazed in awe at the priest Berenger Sauniere's statues and paintings and come away none the wiser. A few of the more enlightened have published 'tall stories', but no one until now has pointed to where the treasure may be located. In the first chapter of this book the reader is told the place of King Dagobert 11's gold - The Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau and thereafter evidence for the claim is set out from three different sources, in previously unseen detail. Nicolas Poussin the seventeenth century painter set out his clues to the treasure in his paintings and the Parchments, which the priest discovered. The priest in his turn bequeathed us his pictures and statues in his church and Sir William St Claire has embedded clues to the same treasure in his carvings at Rosslyn Chapel. - The secret is within these pages for all to see. . However, there is more . during the research for this work it became apparent that it was not only the secret of Dagobert's gold that Poussin was concealing; a second treasure came to light - one that is yet to be explored and which I have named the Treasure of Arques . a new adventure is about to begin. As for me! . It was not the finding of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that was the most rewarding . it was finding the end of the rainbow.


Rennes-le-Chateau: The Dossier, the Impostures, the Fantasies, the Hypothesis

by Gerard de Sede and translated into English by Roger Kersey


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This is an in-depth review of the mystery surrounding the village of Rennes-le-Chateau, the priest Berenger Sauniere and the immense fortune he dissipated before his death in 1917. This follows de Sede's first book published in the 60's on the subject of this hilltop village in southwest France, translated as "The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau". He now analyses of the various author's contributions and theories that have sprung from the fertile minds of a host of authors. A new theory is put forward by de Sede after twenty years of intrigue and study. His original photos are included together with some topical colour illustrations. The shady characters lurking in the background are brought to life in these pages to give credence to this mystery, which has baffled the world over the centuries. A must read for the serious student of the subject, the footnotes elucidate the finer points and the comprehensive index added by the translator, contribute to this intriguing tale to provide a great source of reference from someone at the heart of the mystery.

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City of Secrets by Patrice Chaplin

In the fifties, a fifteen-year-old girl escapes from her dull, English life to the sun-drenched cobbles of provincial Europe. When she falls in love with an ancient but otherwise unremarkable bourgeois town she falls, too, for its favourite son. Both relationships will last a lifetime. Over the years, the woman returns again and again to the town, and her lover. She meets strange and wonderful people - including Jean Cocteau and Umberto Eco - and hears tales of visions, a phenomenally wealthy priest, a fabulous garden and a beautiful Frenchwoman. The priest is Abbe Sauniere, of Rennes-le-Chateau. Solving the mysteries surrounding his discoveries and sudden wealth have formed the basis of the modern Grail phenomenon - from blockbuster novels and movies to historical analysis and high-profile court cases. Cast as the detective in her own story, and in a series of dramatic twists and turns, the woman finds herself at the heart of a world she barely knew existed. People she has known for over fifty years, members of a secret society set up to protect Abbe Sauniere's legacy, are asking her to act as their messenger. She must take some of their most important secrets, and make them known. This is her story, and their secrets revealed. Rich with photographs, letters and historical documents, it fills in key gaps in one of the most compelling mysteries of all time. It is also a page-turning, true-life adventure set in a beautiful and ancient city, where nothing is as it first appears.

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Gospel Of Judas

Argues that a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot exists and, in this radical interpretation of it, states that Jesus asked Judas to betray him, which presents Judas as not a betrayer, but the one apostle who truly understood Jesus.

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The popular Arthurian stories of the Middle Ages depict the Holy Grail as Christ's cup from the last supper, which was believed to have been endowed with miraculous healing powers and the ability to give eternal life to whomever drank from it. A much earlier tradition, however, claimed the Grail was the vessel used by Mary Magdalene to collect Christ's blood when he appeared to her after rising from the tomb. While many vessels were claimed to have been the true Grail, there was only one thought to have been the chalice used by Mary. The mother of the recently converted Emperor Constantine took this Marian Chalice from Jesus' empty tomb to Rome where it remained for almost 400 years. It was then smuggled from Rome in 410 C.E., according to the fifth century historian Olympiodorus, to save it from the barbarians who sacked the city. Well into the Middle Ages legend persisted that it had been taken to safety in Britain, the last outpost of Roman civilisation in Western Europe. This journey to England and what happened to the Chalice then is the focus of historical detective and author Graham Philips.

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The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History (Hardcover)

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Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle Between the Cathars, the Templars, and the Church of Rome (Paperback)

This book presents the history of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden in the mediaeval epic, "Parzival", and in the poetry of the troubadours and provides new insights into the life and death of this gifted and controversial author. "Crusade Against The Grail" is the book that popularised the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn's account of his thrilling explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathar sect took refuge during the 13th century. Over the years the book has been translated into many languages and exerted a large influence on, for example, Trevor Ravenscroft, author of the bestseller "Spear Of Destiny". It, also, has been cited in the bestseller "Holy Blood", "Holy Grail", but it has never appeared in English until now. Much as German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, used Homer's Iliad to locate ancient Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach's mediaeval epic "Parzival" held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the secret location of the Holy Grail. Rahn saw "Parzival" not as a work of fiction, but as an historical account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a "stone from the stars". The Crusade that the Vatican led against the Cathars became a war pitting Roma (Rome) against Amor (love), in which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the pure faith of the Cathars. Otto Rahn is seen by many as the model for Indiana Jones. He was almost certainly murdered by the Nazis in the Tyrolean Mountains in 1939. This book is an invaluable addition to the English language Grail and Templar literature.

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Not the first Book written on the subject but the book most responsible for thrusting the Rennes-le-Chateau Mystery into the public domain.

Holy Blood Holy Grail

A vast number of people have become enthralled with the story of the nineteenth-century French priest who, in his mountain village at the foot of the Pyrenees, discovered something which enabled him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story - a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar heretics of the 12th and 13th centuries and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed more than 1,300 years ago. Now, after more than ten years of research, Henry Lincoln and his co-authors, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, publish the results of their inquiry into this taunting enigma. What really lies at the core of this discovery of Rennes-le-Chateau is not material riches, but a secret - a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to encompass the whole of Western civilisation. The secret is no mere historical curiosity. Its repercussions stretch all the way to the contemporary politics and the entire edice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail - not as a mystical chalice of medieval legend but as something more tangible which has played a vital role in the shaping of Western history. The enigma extends to our own day, implicating such men as de Gaulle and Malraux. It also casts an astonishing new light on such events as the Renaissance and the Crusades. Most startlingly it pertains to the origins of Christianity and the very identity of Jesus.

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Love it or hate it, its here to stay.

Robert Langdon, Harvard Professor of symbology, receives an urgent late-night call while in Paris: the curator of the Louvre has been murdered. Alongside the body is a series of baffling ciphers. Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Da Vinci - and further. The curator, part of a secret society named the Priory of Sion, may have sacrificed his life to keep secret the location of a vastly important religious relic hidden for centuries. It appears that the clandestine Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect Opus Dei has now made its move. Unless Landon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, the Priory's secret - and a stunning historical truth - will be lost forever.