"I am in my third time through the book, and I still need to read slowly to understand the stunning mysteries he tackled and worked through (years and years on even small items and previous researchers) before he made any kind of claim about anything. By watching dates and stars and landscapes and predecessors and using precision tools including stunning Google applications I'd never been competent to use, he has created what I consider to be one of the most important pieces of ancient history I have ever come across.

- Dr Bethe Hagens, Walden University. 

"It is not often that a book comes along in Rennes-le-Château studies which can come to be a game-changer … this book is one of them! 

...Simply breathtaking and sublime. ... Truly revelatory. ... The whole thing unravels in a seamless whole." More below...

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"In The Map and the Manuscript, Simon deciphers the codes, pieces together the puzzles, and...(trust me, I do not say this lightly) solves the mystery that has mystified a generation. This is NOT a bit of light reading.  It's an awesome, non-fiction, mind-blowing step-by-step walkthrough of the mystery and the history surrounding what the author calls the "Affair of Rennes". 

- Allysha Lavino, author of The Heretic (with foreword by Henry Lincoln).

"This is a fascinating and erudite book, which offers a new consideration of the 'mystery' of Rennes Le Chateau. Simon Miles sets out ancient theories of how landscapes were marked by significant measures, and how ancient principles of astronomy and mathematics were used to organise public spaces. Squares and meridians, peaks and constellations of the stars, were integrated into ancient knowledge of urban planning, and such structures are with us still.

In addition to explaining the presence of these divine numbers, Simon Miles also traces the influence of Rennes Le Chateau, and its secretive circles of admirers. The latter part of the book looks at literary figures and cultural influences.

There is much to ponder, and I highly recommend The Map and The Manuscript.

- Therese Taylor, author of Bernadette of Lourdes: Her Life, Death and Visions.

"Miles is a diligent, intelligent, interesting and knowledgeable researcher and writer. Diligent because he started with the theories Lincoln talked about in the Holy Place [and presented in the BBC Chronicle programmes] and set about checking every single assertion he made. He found that Lincoln had made several errors and on the way discovered a 45 degree alignment that he found highly significant. It suggested to him the possibility that ‘the original architects and builders of the structures [along that 45 degree line] intentionally arranged the spatial relationships between the locations’.

It was then Miles became familiar with the poem, well known to all Rennes aficionados - Le Serpent Rouge. Mysterious and strange - no-one has ever offered a real solution to what this poem is about and how it relates to Rennes-le-Château. Miles asked all the questions other researchers have asked; who is the Grand Voyager, what are the 64 stones to be gathered, what is the ‘famous seal’, why is the Saint Sulpice meridian important? What actually is the point of LSR?

The book goes on to discover such answers. And what he has discovered is truly astonishing! It involves a zodiac over the Cromlech - often thought to have been hinted at by Boudet and most certainly referred to in the work of Plantard and Chérisey. Miles presents his stunning theory on the origins of this zodiac within this work. He has discovered the way the trio Pierre Plantard, Gérard de Sède and Philippe de Chérisey carefully and over many years piece-meal directed us to certain discoveries within Le Serpent Rouge. And one is to realise that the mystery at Rennes-le-Château is really not there, but with Henri Boudet and his mysterious book, La Vrai Langue Celtique and his imaginary Cromlech. Of course, seasoned and serious Rennes researchers already know this ….

For me the most astounding  discoveries and the aspect that constitutes the ‘game-changer’ label is Miles’ analysis of the Boudet map. Simply breathtaking and sublime. Truly revelatory. 

Miles is then able to deconstruct the so-called Saunière parchments in relation to this Boudet map. The whole thing unravels in a seamless whole. A connected whole and what we need now is someone to come along and take up the baton Miles has thrown down!


This book is going to take many years before it is fully understood and appreciated. It will take many readings. Even I read it regularly and find something new each time and appreciate and understand it more as i do so.

This is a serious and respectful piece of research, dare i say it a lifes' work? It deserves to be read by the serious researchers and considered in its own right.

But above all we have to thank Mr Miles for his tenacity & his dedication to pursue such a work. He deserves admiration for how he went about completing the task. And we also have to thank him for giving us such an exciting read in our favourite subject and to the new other areas of thought he has opened up … who can ask more of book?

 Rhedesium blog


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