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Prieure de Sion

Taken from the 'Dossiers Secret' of the Priory of Sion as recounted by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.

( The Priory of Sion is a mythical secret organisation /order with fabricated roots older than the Order of the Temple. The 'Priory' story was a clever hoax by a group of Frenchmen, whose front man Pierre Plantard convinced the writers of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' and the story took off from there... Of course, there is the theory that the hoax story is a hoax to hide the real Priory of Sion! )

"There was a secret order behind the Knight's Templar, which created the Templars as its military and administrative arm. This order, which has functioned under a variety of names, is most frequently known as the Prieure de Sion ('Priory of Zion')." - Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

"Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln uncovered evidence of a conspiracy surrounding the Order of Sion (sometimes referred to as the Order of Our Lady of Sion), which involved a number of families from Champagne. This, they claim, was behind the founding of the Templars. The prime mover in these events was Hugues, Count of Champagne, who was instrumental in founding the Order and who eventually joined the Templars himself in 1125. Some historians believe that Hugues was related to Hughes de Payens - the records are sketchy - but he certainly was his feudal lord." - Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, Turin Shroud - In Whose Image? The Shocking Truth Unveiled

"Certain writers have suggested that the Templars were 'infected' with the Johannite or Mandaean heresy - which denounced Jesus as a 'false prophet' and acknowledged John [the Baptist] as the true Messiah. In the course of their activities in the Middle East the Templars undoubtedly established contact with Johannite sects..." - Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

"The Grand-Pontiffs of this sect [the Johannites] took the title of Christ, and laid claim to an unbroken chain of succession in their office. At the time of the foundation of the Order of the Temple (AD 1118), the Grand-Pontiff was named Theocletes; he was acquainted with Hugo de Payens and initiated him into the mysteries and privileges of his Church, promising him the sovereign priesthood and supreme government, finally designating him as his successor." - Kenneth Mackenzie, The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia

At least two alleged Grand Masters of the Prieure de Sion showed an involvement in Johannite-related activities. The allegation that Hughes de Payens was secretly a Johannite was repeated in the nineteenth century, first by the Vatican and later by the Theosophists.

"The Johannites ascribed to Saint John [the Baptist] the foundation of their Secret Church, and the Grand Pontiffs of the Sect assumed the title of Christos, Anointed, or Consecrated, and claimed to have succeeded one another from Saint John by an uninterrupted succession of pontifical powers. He who, at the period of the of the foundation of the Order of the Temple, claimed these imaginary prerogatives, was named THEOCLET; he knew HUGHES DE PAYENS, he installed him into the Mysteries and hopes of his pretended church, he seduced him by the notions of Sovereign Priesthood and Supreme royalty, and finally designated him as his successor." - "Allocution of Pio Nono against the Free Masons"

"The true version of the history of Jesus, and the early Christianity was imparted to Hugh de Payens, by the Grand-Pontiff of the Order of the Temple (of the Nazarene or Johannite sect), one named Theocletes, after which it was learned by some Knights in Palestine, from the higher and more intellectual members of the St. John sect, where were initiated into its mysteries. Freedom of intellectual thought and the restoration of one and universal religion was their secret object. Sworn to the vow of obedience, poverty, and chastity, they were at first the true Knights of John the Baptist, crying in the wilderness and living on wild honey and locusts. Such is the tradition and the true kabalistic version." - M. P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled


 The story of the Priory of Zion starts with the departure, after the crucifixion, of Mary Magdalene from the holy land. She set sail, with some companions, to the region of Marseilles in the South of France. One of Mary's companions was Joseph of Arimathea the guardian of the Holy Grail - the San Greal. Sometime, either before or after this, Mary had a child. (get more details from Lundy notes)
(According to the advocates of this version 'San Greal' - 'Holy Grail' is an incorrect transliteration and it should be 'Sang Real' - 'Holy Blood'. Hence the title of the bestselling book by Baigent, Lincoln & Leigh.)
The Merovingians took power in France about 405AD during the collapse of the western Roman Empire, when Childeric I became the first non Roman ruler of Gaul. The founder of the dynasty, Merovia, could supposedly trace his ancestry back to Mary and Joseph of Arimathea. Dagobert I is supposed to have married a Visigothic princess Gisele in ? at Ragu? joining the Merovingian and Visigothic bloodlines and cementing a claim to be ruler of France.
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Historical Note. - The Order of Our Lady of Mount Zion was founded in Jerusalem. When Jerusalem fell to Saladin in ? the order relocated to Acre. After the fall of Acre the order moved to Sicily where it was absorbed by the Jesuits in 1617.
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The Priory of Sion has been proved beyond any reasonable doubt to have been a complicated hoax primarily perpetrated by Pierre Plantard, with some help, The most visible of the 'victims' were Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln. who propagated the myth in their bestselling books 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' and 'Messianic Legacy.'

 

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