The Corpse That Would Not Lie Down

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There are many ways to discover a story - from the screen, from the written page or by the spoken word. Perhaps the latter is the best: to have a story told to you. That is the tradition that has kept civilisations alive around the world.

That is the way that this story came to me. As a story told to me by my father.

Winter has always been the busiest time of the year for undertakers. The cold and wet days and nights taking their toll on the more weak and vulnerable of the community.


Nostradamus in Orval, the Valley of Gold or... Goldenthal!

The abbey of Orval, in Belgium's Ardennes Forest, is truly a place of mystery. The name "Orval" means "Valley of Gold", Nostradamus seems to have written a number of his prophecies here, and it is possible that once there were no less than two treasures hidden: the Treasure of the Knights Templar and the War Chest of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette...

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I received this comment on the article above:

A fascinating article but more so because of how in particular it relates to stories that have been passed down through my family. Not having had the benefit of Patrick Bernauw's knowledge of Nostradamus's connection to Orval or Val D'Or, it was with some major vacuoles that I wrote about the relationship of his son, Caesar with my ancstor Yakov in the years 1588 and 1589. I knew that they had come together to perform an extremely serious mission for the Emperor Rudof II and that many of Michel de Nostradame's quatrains were essential for them to resolve the mystery, but had no idea that the alluding to Orval by Nostradamus was critical as well. You see, at the time the family title was Kahana but that has now been replaced by the Austrian surname of Goldenthal. Translated it is "Valley of Gold", the same as Orval.
As it is frequently expressed in the book "Shadows of Trinity" the coming togethter of these two individuals was not only predicted by Nostradamus before his death but he had also prepared a horoscope for the young prince Rudolf at the time in which he asked for imperial protection of his son when the time became apparent. Rudolf fulfilled this obligation almost 40 years later when during those two years of crisis it looked as if the Church would hold Caesar responsible for all the crimes that they accused his father.
What is also made crystal clear in the novel is that there are no coincidences. If Nostradamus is writing about Orval, then he also knew about his son's connection to Goldenthal. He knew of Heribert whom was connected to the Goldenthal family tree, the grandson of Theodoric who ruled from Narbonne in Southern France and whom was known as Ursus (possibly the same Ursus named in the Mysteries of Orval artice) but chronilogically out by over 100 years. The association of Heribert to the Merovingians is discussed in my book "Blood Royale" again published long before this article's discussion of any connection. The assassinatin of Dagobert is also described in Blood Royale but at the time of writing the book I had no idea that the site was close to Orval. Again another reference to how this assassination was related to Goldenthal in the future.
That Nostradamus would write of Orval's connection to Temple treasures and the Templars is no coincidence either. As one can read from my website


my family's connection to the Temple is hereditary. Once again Nostradamus is stating that "Valley of Gold" will be the defining key.
My wife's family descended from Henri Harkema, the son of Antoinne the Great b****** and Margaret Harkesdottir, is the family connection back to the Bourbon and Carolingian families of which it would appear Nostradamus was describing in reqards to his Orval quatrains. Philip the Bold was Antoinne's father and he gave his b****** son the Netherlands and Friesland to rule. The reference for the French royals to escape into the Austrian Netherlands I believe is only a reference to the continuation of lines through the Netherlands descendants and nothing further. The fact that my wife's lineage and mine came together is again one of those "Coincidences" that Nostradamus seemed to have a patent for.
Orval is gone and again coincidentally, so is the town of Goldenthal. Once located near Leipzig it now only exists in the writings of Johann Heinrich Zschokke of 1817 in German and 1833 in its English version. It is said that the town was wiped off the map by the Austrian Emperor as it was an insult to his family because of the activities of my third great grandfather surnamed Goldenthal. The people were forcibly moved and many resettled in Wisconsin, where once again they established a town named Goldenthal.
So if we are to say there are truly no coincidences and that Nostradamus knew very well what his quatrains alluded to even though we are still scrambinling five hundred years later to interpret them, then I think you will find "Shadows of Trinity" quite enlightening as you read how over a dozen of those quatrains were essential in resolving one of the greatest serial murder conspiracy mysteries of the sixteenth century.


Bruges: The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail Revisited

Soon after the First Crusade, a Relic containing the Holy Blood arrived in the Belgian city of Bruges. In another co-operation with author-researcher Patrick Bernauw, RLC Research features one of its biggest articles to date building a bridge through history from the Holy Blood of Bruges to the Holy Grail and Rennes-le-Château.

Louis Van Haecke,
satanist chaplain
of the Chapel of the Holy Blood,

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Mysteries of the Valley of Gold: Orval

The abbey of Orval, in Belgium's Ardennes Forest, is truly a place of mystery. The name "Orval" means "Valley of Gold", Nostradamus seems to have written a number of his prophecies here, and it is possible that once there were no less than two treasures hidden: the Treasure of the Knights Templar and the War Chest of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette...

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The Medieval Procession of Penance at Furnes: a Real Mystery Play

According to an article published in The New York Times (October 25, 1908), the Belgian city of Furnes (Veurne) celebrates a Medieval Procession of Penance or Penitence, a religious pageant being 500 years old. But it is said that the Procession originated in 1099 when Count Robert II of Flanders returned from Jerusalem with a splinter from the Holy True Cross. However, one of the greatest mysteries of this Mystery Play is why there is not one modern source or Belgian website where you can find this information. Check out for instance the official website of the Procession, where the history starts in 1637. It's as if the dark origins of the Penitents in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, are erased from the history books...

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The Ghost in the Outside Toilet

This is my story. It is the true story of one dark night and how as a child, together with my two younger brothers we confronted that which was beyond our worst nightmares: the ghost in the outhouse in my grandmother’s back yard.

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The Story of the Grail by Chretien de Troyes

Chrétien de Troyes was a French poet who was the first to write about the Grail, but what is the Grail... and where can the Grail be? Some believe the Grail is the Holy Blood of Christ, or his royal bloodline... and this Holy Blood was brought to Bruges, by the Templars.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Holy Grail (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rosetti01.jpg)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Holy Grail

Chrétien de Troyes was a French poet, born in the second half of the 12th century, probably in Troyes. Little is known of his life. From 1160 to 1172 he served at the court of Countess Marie de Champagne, but later - apparently in 1181 - he got attached to Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders.

Before 1181 he wrote four major poems in rhyming eight-syllable couplets: Erec and Enide, Cligès, Yvain the Knight of the Lion and Lancelot the Knight of the Cart. His final romance, Perceval the Story of the Grail, composed between 1181 and 1191, was left unfinished. Chrétien wrote only 9,000 lines; four successors of varying talents added more than 50,000 lines in what are now known as the Four Continuations.

Chrétien speaks in the vaguest way of the source for his romances and the materials he used, but a Celtic influence is easily detectable. Together, Chrétiens romances form the most complete expression of the society he dreamed of and the ideals of French chivalry. His writings were very popular and often adapted in other languages: in German, for instance, by Wolfram von Eschenbach (Parzival). They mark the beginning of Arthurian Legend and narrative fiction in Europe.

Perceval, the Story of the Grail (Perceval, le Conte du Graal) was dedicated to Chrétien's patron, Count Philip of Flanders. It is the earliest account of the Quest for the Holy Grail. Since his father's death, Perceval is raised by his mother, apart from civilisation, in a forest in Wales. By chance, Perceval encounters some knights and realises - despite his mother's objections - he also wants to be a knight. He travels to the court of King Arthur, where a young girl predicts his greatness. In a knight's armour, he sets out for adventure, falls in love with princess Blanchefleur and receives some lessons from the wise old man Gornemant.

Perceval reaches the castle of the Fisher King, where he is invited to stay. There he witnesses a mysterious procession in which young men and women are passing before him at each course of the meal, carrying magnificent objects: a bleeding lance, candelabras and finally, the elaborately decorated ‘graal' or ‘grail'. This strange object, carried by a beautiful young girl, contains a single Mass wafer, which miraculously sustains the Fisher King's wounded father.

Perceval has been warned against talking to much and remains silent. He wakes up the next morning, alone, and returns to the court of King Arthur. At Arthur's Court, a very Celtic lady admonishes Perceval for not questioning his host about the Grail, because the right question would have healed the king. Upon learning of his mistake, Perceval vows to find the Grail castle again.

The next section of the poem deals with the adventures of Perceval and Gawain, and with Perceval meeting a hermit, his uncle, who teaches him about the Grail and 'al things spiritual'. Here the completed section nears its end...

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The Story of the Grail by Chretien de Troyes


The Hell Hound of No Man's Land

The French author Albert Dauzat told a fascinating legend that emerged from World War One in a book that was published two years after the Great War. Civilian skeptics laughed at the soldiers' tales of the murderous giant hound of No Man's Land, but to the soldiers it was a gruesome reality...

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The Rennes-le-Château Hoax Inspired by the Holy Blood of Bruges

Rennes-le-Château, a small medieval village in southwestern France, is internationally known for being in the middle of probably the Greatest Conspiracy Theory of the 20th Century. A local restaurant owner wanted to increase business and spread some rumours of a lost treasure... And this was the origin for the non-fiction bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail or Dan Brown's historical faction thriller The Da Vinci Code. But maybe the Rennes-le-Château Hoax was inspired by the true facts concerning the satanist Chaplain of the Holy Blood Chapel of Bruges...

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Mysteries of the Mystic Lamb

The Ghent Altarpiece or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, completed in 1432, is a very large and complex polyptych panel painting in the Joost Vijd chapel at Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. Hubert Van Eyck started and his brother, the famous "Flemish Primitive" Jan Van Eyck, finished the work.

The Mystic Lamb consists of 24 scenes, making up two views (open and closed) which are changed by moving the hinged outer wings. The upper register of the opened view shows Christ "the King" between the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. The lower register shows the adoration of the Lamb of God, with several groups in attendance and streaming in to worship.

Art historians consider the Mystic Lamb as one of the most influential oil paintings in Christendom. The Mystic Lamb highlights what made Jan Van Eyck famous: the beautiful light, the intricate details and composition.

The lower left panel known as The Just Judges was stolen in 1934. The original panel has never been found and has been replaced by a copy. This is one of the many mysteries surrounding the Mystic Lamb and Belgium's greatest unsolved mystery, with countless amateur and professional sleuths still tracking clues.

A possible hypothesis is called The Nazi Plot Theory. It's a hypothesis involving the Knights Templar and the Quest for the Holy Grail. Indeed, the Mystic Lamb should be read as a code and maybe some of the panels are incorporating documents or a map, leading to the Holy Blood that was brought by the Templars to that other important Flemish city: Bruges, the Venice of the Nord. And since Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln (The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) or Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) the whole world knows that the Holy Blood should be regarded as the bloodline of Jesus Christ, who didn't die at Golgotha...

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13 Great Myths and Urban Legends by the Mythbuster

1. Dover Demon

1977, Dover Massachusetts, USA: On April 21 and 22 there were sightings of a strange creature that could not be easily explained or likened to any other known animal in the Massachusetts region...

2. Beast of Gevaudan

A young woman who went out to tend cattle in the fields in the area near Gevaudan in southcentral France was suddenly confronted with a huge and frightening creature advancing with great speed toward her...

3. Legend of Sawney Bean

I'll try to keep the details of this legend in simple terms and not get flashy with adjectives, since the Legend of Sawney Bean involves cannibalism and violence...

4. Urban Legend The Dead Boyfriend

Though this story has been widely circulated already, it may offend or disturb young or sensitive readers. During the late evening hours, a young couple parks at an out-of-town or otherwise very secluded...

5. Skinned Tom

Here's how the story goes: Tom was young and attractive. He liked the ladies and the ladies liked him, too. He dated a lot, and once he'd dated the best...

6. Mothman

On a chilly November night in 1966, two young couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone.

7. Poltergeist Curse

A Striking number of cast members who appeared in the Poltergeist movies have met with an intimely, innatural death...

8. Kamikaze Pilots and War Myth

A Kamikaze pilot is commonly held to be some kind of crazed pilot whose airbourne battle skills were greatly enhanced by lack of regard for his own life. Intensely dedicated to the task of killing enemy...

9. Buried Alive

Imagine how horrible it would be to get buried while still alive? It's a thought many of us have pondered at least once - and shuddered about, no doubt, too.

10. Don't Flash The Headlights

A new and disturbing gang ritual has surfaced (or, 're-surfaced) in major cities across North America. It goes something like this: The new gang member must perform the flashing headlight game...

11. Knock Knock Knock

The babysitter that a mother had hired to watch her two children for a couple of hours cancelled on the mother with very short notice. This left the mother in quite a bind because she had an important meeting...

12. The Hook Myth and Parental Control

This urban legend goes something like this: A young couple drives out to a local, out-of-the-way spot for some privacy and to do what young couples like to do in private. The 'boy' selects a location to park..

13. Las Vegas Human Organ Harvesting

In 1996, Las Vegas police reported a series of crimes, very disturbing in nature. The crimes were all committed along 'the strip.' The first victim in a series of bizarre events was a young Ohio man in town..

Danvers State Hospital: Where the Dead Once Roamed

The dead once roamed these halls, making their existence known to trespassers.

(Etching of hospital, c. 1887)

It was once considered to be one of the most haunted hospitals on the east coast. Unfortunately, much of the hospital’s original structure was demolished to make way for a residential complex. Considering its history, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to reside there.

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Meet the Myth Buster!

Cornelius Agrippa and the Demon of Louvain

The very learned Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was one of the greatest magicians of Europe during the sixteenth century. But he always got himself in trouble and was chased from one city to another...

Born at Cologne in 1486, in the noble and ancient family of Nettesheim, Cornelius Agrippa wanted to walk in the footsteps of his ancestors. For many generations they had been employed by the house of Austria, so he entered into the service of Emperor Maximilian, first as a Secretary, later and for seven years as a soldier in Maximilian's Italian army. He was created knight in the field because of his brave actions, but he soon added some academical honours to the military and became doctor of laws and physic.

Cornelius Agrippa had a wonderful genius and a great talent to obtain knowledge in almost all arts and sciences. He was a diligent researcher, fascinated by the mysteries of nature, and obsessed by the Philosopher's Stone. Agrippa was recommended to a princess as a Master in the Art of Alchemy, but his temper once again got him in trouble. He read lectures at Rome, Pavia, Turin and his work raised the indignation of the Pope. Because the people of those days suspected whatever they could not understand, he had to flee from various cities in France - where he defended a country-woman, accused of witchcraft - and Spain.

Agrippa had a wife who was very handsome and by whom he had one son. He lost her in 1521, but the next year he married again, in Geneva. His second wife gave him two sons and a daughter. He went to Fribourgh in Switzerland to practise physic there and in 1523 he was in Lyon. A princess asked him now to enquire by the rules of astrology how the affairs of France would be doing and when he expressed his disapprobation - his mistress should not employ him in such a vain curiosity, she should use his abilities in more important matters! - he fell in disgrace once again.

He cast his eyes on the Low Countries and in the month of July, 1528, Cornelius Agrippa arrived at Antwerp. Here the King of England sent him a kind invitation, but at the same time he was invited by an Italian marquis and by Margaret of Austria, governess of the Netherlands. His treatise on the Vanity of the Sciences and another work of his hand, the Occult Philosophy, afforded his enemies a pretence to defame him. In 1531 he was imprisoned at Brussels and when he got released, he was chased by his many creditors. He returned to Cologne, lived some time in Bonn and Lyon again, was imprisoned a second time, now for something he had said against the mother of the French King, was released at the request of some friends and went to Grenoble, where he died in 1535.

Martín Antonio Del Rio, the Jesuit theologian who was partly responsible for the witch-hunts in the Southern Netherlands, taught for several years theology in the Flemish city of Louvain when Agrippa lived there. He accused the Magister of practising diabolical magic, the awful Black Art. For instance, Agrippa would have paid at inns with pieces of horn and casted an illusion over the senses whereby those who received the pieces took them for real money.

It also was Del Rio who told the story of the Demon of Louvain, raised in Agrippa's study.