See also Henry Lincoln's 1979 documentary, The Shadow of the Templars, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Twfp...
A small paperback bought by Henry Lincoln changed his life. The story of a then little-known village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the now famous Rennes-le- Chateau.
Henry Lincoln made three television documentary films for the BBC series, Chronicle. In 1972 "The Lost Treasure of Jerusalem" was the first anyone outside France had ever heard of this extraordinary story, and followed in 1975 by "The Priest, the Painter, and the Devil" then "The Shadow of the Templars" in 1979.
Lincoln brought in Richard Lee and Michael Baigent, which led to the bestselling book 1982, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
1,000 miles NNE of Rennes-le-Chateau finds us in the Baltic Sea on a tiny Danish island called Bornholm. The Danish institute for map production, the Kort & Matrikelstryrelsen, uses the crosses on the spires of the island's fifteen churches as trig points. Their positions are therefore published and known to the millimetre.
What makes the churches on Bornholm unique is that four of them have a circular ground plan, which flags up the possibility of certain historical associations for the churches. But it was the symbolic elements of this fact that inspired Haagensen to ask the question: "is there a geometric relationship between the churches themselves?"
What is worrying about the Bornholm geometry is that not only is its existence confirmed mathematically and statistically, thanks to the accuracy of the available trig point data, but that it displays a sense of purpose. Since Bornholm has set the benchmark for absolute geometric conformity so high, there will remain some question marks over the Rennes-le-Chateau geometry until is confirmed to the same accuracy. Moreover, despite its complexity and elegance, the Rennes-le-Chateau geometry seems more creative and expressive a work of art while Bornholm's geometry reads like a blueprint. The positions of the fifteen churches of Bornholm are the key to a complex, cohesive geometric design that, on the ground, is over 20 miles across. The design can be reproduced on a sheet of paper by anyone equipped with a straight edge, a compass and a simple set of instructions. But what really sets it apart, what demands that the whole phenomenon must be taken seriously from a historical and archaeological point of view, is that this design demonstrates an answer to a mathematical problem once though to be insoluble.
The Bornholm geometry demonstrates knowledge. It demonstrates how to create angles, it demonstrates how to create Pi, it demonstrates the golden section and the whole interlocking harmony of the circle, the triangle, square, pentagram, hexagram, etc., etc.. To us it must also demonstrate that whoever constructed this design must have regarded this knowledge as secret knowledge, sacred knowledge. Why else hide it so elaborately? The geometry of both Rennes-le-Chateau and Bornholm indicates an extraordinary commitment of manpower and surveying skill to the preservation of what? With our modern perspective it is difficult to see what could be deemed so extraordinarily special about geometry and its properties that renders it imperative to hide its secrets so obscurely and so permanently.
One thing consistent to both Bornholm and the Rennes-le-Chateau area is how strongly the Knights Templar figure once the histories are investigated. The fact of the round churches is a hallmark of Templar influence and, interestingly, the name Bornholm is a diminution of the original name of the island Burgunderholm. It is said that the Burgundians originally came from Bornholm and one of the most famous Burgundians was Bernard of Clairveaux protector of the Knights Templar. The Grand Master of the Knights Templar after Bernard's death was one Bertrand de Blanchefort and Blanchefort is the name given to the mountain adjacent to R