yeah, yeah…. i know that the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail is a castle of suppositions built on the shifting sands of Pierre Plantard’s forgeries. Still, Foucault’s Pendulum might not exist in the form that it does without Holy Blood, Holy Grail being published. There are still a lot of pieces in it that i want incorporated into a new narrative.
One is Poussin’s “Les Bergers d’Arcadie”. Sauniere of Rennes-le-Chateau bought a replica of this painting among a few others. It’s the inscription of Et in Arcadia Ego that’s the important part. Nevermind the assertion that the painting has Rennes-le-Chateau in the mountainous background or that the tomb actually existed. The geography is all wrong for the Rennes-Le-Chateau to be in that painting, and the tomb that the HB, HG authors said that it might really be was a 20th century construction, something made in homage to Poussin long after even Sauniere was dead. I truly do like the idea of the anagram though. Truth is almost irrelevant. Bill, is the anagram of Et in Arcadia Ego, the much cooler I Tego Arcana Dei actually proper Latin for, “Begone! I conceal the secrets of God” or is it so much more fanciful, pleasing bullshit?