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buzzkill 6/6/2009 8:03:20 AM

I have to admit, I laugh loudly every time I think of how many gullible people, for so many years, have poured over the mundane decoration in Saunière's church, finding "clues" in the most ordinary details, when in fact it was the Asmodeus image under the baptismal font that held the only clue.  Figures that it would be the one piece that didn't quite fit with the rest. 

Adiós, Mary Magdalene.  Nice knowin' ya.  Good luck with that romance novel thing. 

Interestingly enough, this Chartres rendition of the Book of Tobit mentions a chirograph, in this context, a contract that had been cut into two halves, the two signatories each retaining one half. The complete contents are only revealed when the two halves are put back together.  So here we have two documents - the medieval manuscript and the 20th century "ecclesiastic's" commentary - the latter serving as a cipher.  It has all the buzzwords from Marie de Negre's tombstone, talks about a king's hidden treasure - this definitely looks like a map of sorts, but not to an ancient treasure.  This treasure appears to be left intentionally for someone to locate by using this cipher.  Saunière would seem to be the one who hid it, not the one who found it.  Assuming, of course, that Saunière is the "ecclesiastic" who devised the commentary. 

RogerXXII 6/6/2009 12:08:51 PM

 Note that the "ecclesiastic" identity of the writer of the early XXth century "commentator" is a surmise by Coligny.  All he can attest to, is that it's an early XXth century/late XIXth century document.

It's also of interest that, while the actual Tobit manuscript is indubitably the work of the Chartres shop, the illuminations are by "a previously unknown hand, perhaps a visiting artist"...

It does seem to heighten interest in the "Sot Pecheur document", however, as well as spur a number of mind-boggling imbecilities that only a nerdy bespectacled magazine publisher could spout forth without blushing.  (Such as: "these documents seem to come from the "Secret Dossier" that was preserved in an English Bank vault... bla, bla, bla") 

One thing we have come to expect from the dwarf fraternity, is their uncanny ability to cast their wildest conjectures as fact, and to laboriously construct a silk purse from a sow's ear.

RogerXXII 6/6/2009 12:13:14 PM

 "It's also of interest that, while the actual Tobit manuscript is indubitably the work of the Chartres shop, the illuminations are by "a previously unknown hand, perhaps a visiting artist"..."

 

This, BTW, is most likely the rationale for the twelve thousand Euro final bid.  I would think that this is what makes it a valuable document for any collector, whether infected with RLC-syndrome or not.

Mnemosyne 6/6/2009 5:43:12 PM

 I suspect there will be a few pigs with ears missing in the near future.

ProfessorW 6/6/2009 10:37:04 PM

 ... or perchance Roeg-ish dwarfs desperately looking for other people's step-ladders to climb?

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StellaMaris 6/7/2009 12:59:28 AM

I can't help myself... I just LOVE a good game of Prankster Ping-Pong! Give me an illuminated manuscript, an Archangel, and a fish and I'm as happy as a clam.

Anyway, I'll bet you all a Flying Pig that the second installment will be timed to coincide with the Summer Solstice/Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist...

Mnemosyne 6/8/2009 10:55:41 AM

 I've learned not to bet against you.

RogerXXII 6/10/2009 8:30:08 PM

 I'll take that bet, because of recent developments and because the next sale of documents from the "trove" isn't to take place until later in the year, or early next year.

Bsides... I have "shelter from pigs on the wing"...

StellaMaris 6/12/2009 2:20:26 PM

I suspect that "recent developments" are designed as an "interlude" to hold our attention until the next exciting installment. And, given how swiftly events are moving along, I think there will be sufficient entertainment between now and the next sale, so I'm watching with interest. But, we definitely need more Archangels... or at least a saint or two. Oh, hang on... does Saint Louis count?

You are smart to have invested in flying pig insurance, though, it may come in handy.  

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