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City Of Secrets

One Woman's True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail Legend
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Quest
 | 
May, 2008
ISBN:
9780835608718
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Banyen's Description: 

City of Secrets is, perhaps, the very first nonfiction title to combine the stories of the legendary Grail phenomenon with that of a modern-day love story. This is the true story of an Englishwoman, writer Patrice Chaplin, and how she helped reveal the secrets of the famed Rennes-le-Château and Abbé Saunière mystery.

Patrice first went to the ancient Spanish town of Girona in 1955 as a fifteen-year-old girl. She fell in love with the town and with Jose, its favorite son. Over the years, she returns again and again to Girona and her lover. Caught up in a world she barely knew existed, she sees and hears many unusual things: people talking about a wealthy priest named Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château (the mysteries surrounding him, it turns out, are at the centre of the modern Grail phenomenon), an old house with an amazing garden owned by a mysterious Frenchwoman, a strange ceremony in this house, and several intriguing characters, including Jean Cocteau.

Later, in 2003, Patrice finally starts to make sense of everything she has seen. Her lifelong friend and former lover, Jose, has a heart attack, and decides it’s time to reveal the secrets he has been guarding from the world. She learns that a private society has for generations held Saunière’s letters and documents after his death in 1917. She also learns Jose has been the society’s custodian for many years. Jose tells Patrice the secret is not in Rennes-le-Château and that it is now her duty to discover the rest.

In support of her revelations, Patrice provides copies of previously unreleased letters, written by Saunière, along with other documented evidence. Her romantic and lucid writing style in this jewel of a book glitters with the energy of the secrets its characters serve, and it’s rich with photographs and historical documents. It’s a haunting story of an unusual and enduring love, even as it sheds new light on one of the more compelling mysteries of all time.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Patrice Chaplin began going to Girona, Spain, at age 15, and with each visit she became more enmeshed in its mysteries. She found a lover, Jose; met many strange characters; and heard dark talk of the legendary Abbe Sauniere of Rennes-le-Chateau. She discovered that many of Girona's townspeople were part of a secret society formed to guard the Abbe's legacy and his knowledge of the Grail. Eventually the society asks Patrice to be the vehicle for revealing their secrets. This riveting account is the result of that request.

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