Sunday, February 19, 2017

Berenger Sauniere. Rennes-le-Chateau. The Holy Grail. by Travis Simpkins

Berenger Sauniere. Rennes-le-Chateau. France. The Holy Grail. by Travis Simpkins


Portrait Sketch of
François-Bérenger Saunière
( 1852 - 1917 )
Roman Catholic Priest
Village of Rennes-le-Chateau
Languedoc, Southern France
Inspiration, in part, for
The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
and
The Da Vinci Code
by Travis Simpkins



Berenger Sauniere and the Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau


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Berenger Sauniere. by Travis Simpkins. Rennes-le-Chateau. The Holy Grail

"The Hooked X" by Scott Wolter


The Hooked X
Key to the Secret History of North America
by Scott F. Wolter
North Star Press, 2009
Notes by Travis Simpkins

     Initially discovered within the carved runic inscription text of the controversial Kensington Rune Stone, dug up on a Minnesota farm in 1898, the "Hooked X" is both a powerful symbol and a defining element in the career of forensic geologist Scott Wolter. When Wolter was hired to conduct research to determine the authenticity of the Kensington Rune Stone, his findings seemed to prove that the stone is indeed a genuine medieval artifact dating to 1362… over a century before Christopher Columbus was supposed to have first "discovered" America. Many outspoken critics in the academic community, however, were not swayed and Wolter was subjected to a vitriolic backlash that triggered in him a desire to seek out the whole story and definitive, conclusive evidence. The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America is a 266-page summary of Scott Wolter's extensive research, which brought him from Minnesota to Northern Europe and back again.
     The arguments presented in The Hooked X are most convincing when Wolter sticks to what he knows best: scientific facts, analysis and forensic research. Many of the fill-in parts of his theory are admittedly pure speculation, and some of his facts about Masonic Ritual are somewhat romanticized and inaccurate (He is not a Freemason, and again, admits such). However, the basic premise and theories regarding duality within the Hooked X (which combines the ^ and the v) are fascinating and offer serious pause for thought. Connections with Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the Cistercians and the Knights Templar are naturally attention-grabbing topics and make for interesting reading as well.
     It would be a disservice to the text as a whole to just offer a brief précis here, so I would suggest picking up a copy (it is reasonably priced at around $15) and reading it with an open mind. It offers a unique, entertaining and fresh look at a too-often dismissed chapter in North American history.


The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone. Olaf Ohman

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Kensington Rune Stone. Mooring Hole

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Gotland Church

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: St. Bernard of Clairvaux Lactating

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Spirit Pond  Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Spirit Pond Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Scissors Arches. Wells Cathedral. England

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Crook and Flail. King Tut

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Signature of Christopher Columbus

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Stone Cairn

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Scottish Rite Temple, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Prince Henry Sinclair and Niven Sinclair

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Astrolabe

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Rosslyn Chapel. Maize Carving

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Rosslyn Chapel. Scotland

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Rosslyn Chapel. Aloe Carving

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Newport Tower. Winter Solstice Illumination

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Newport Tower. Winter Solstice Illumination

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Narragansett Rune Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Westford Knight Sword

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Westford Knight

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Westford Boat Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: The Tyngsboro Map Stone

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Altar. Monastery at Tomar, Portugal

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter: Sacred Feminine. Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

The Hooked X. Scott Wolter

Robin and Marian (1976): Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn and Robert Shaw


     Directed by Richard Lester, and written by James Goldman, Robin and Marian (1976) marked the lovely Audrey Hepburn's return to film after an absence of eight years. The Medieval period story, set after the Crusades, finds an aging Robin Hood returning to England to try to win back the heart of Maid Marian one last time. Good attention to historic detail and powerful chemistry between the actors make for an all-around enjoyable experience. Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn are great in the title roles. The supporting cast is wonderful as well, including Robert Shaw and Richard Harris.



Robin and Marian: Richard Harris

Robin and Marian: Richard Harris
Robin and Marian: Richard Harris

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery

Robin and Marian

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery


Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Robert Shaw


Robin and Marian: Sean Connery 

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Robert Shaw

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: King John


Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn


Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn

Robin and Marian: Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn