The Map and the Manuscript

The Map and the Manuscript : Journeys in the Mysteries of the Two Rennes

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The Affair of Rennes is a nest of enigmas that has baffled and enthralled readers in equal measure for more than fifty years. From a minor riddle of local history about a tiny village in the south of France, it has become a global phenomenon, inspiring countless articles, books, documentaries and even movies. Yet the core questions at the heart of the story have remained unsolved.

Until now.

In The Map and the Manuscript: Journeys in the Mysteries of the Two Rennes, author Simon M. Miles retraces his steps on a twenty-year investigation into the Affair and describes a series of breakthroughs which have broken the seals on this intriguing puzzle. For the first time, knowledge that has been carefully hidden from view for decades, and even longer, is revealed.

The anonymous author of a strange surrealist poem is unmasked, and his identity proves to be the key to unlocking the riddles which have remained resolutely sealed. From the mysterious parchments, to the enigmatic book written by a local priest in the nineteenth century, to the persistent claims of alignments between significant sites in the landscape, the Affair of Rennes gives up its secrets in this book.

Richly illustrated with 140 maps, charts, photographs and diagrams, The Map and the Manuscript marks a new era in understanding one of the great unsolved, mysteries of the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 506 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 28mm | 763g
  • United Kingdom
  • 140 Colour Figures including maps, diagrams and photographs
  • 173973470X
  • 9781739734701
  • 590,153

Table of contents

Prologue: A Dream in Athens

Part One:Identification
Chapter One: On the Path
Chapter Two: Le Serpent Rouge
Chapter Three: First Inklings
Chapter Four: Sightlines
Chapter Five: Sacred Geography
Chapter Six: Converging Circles
Chapter Seven: The Number of the Famous Seal

Part Two: Orientation
Chapter Eight: The Zodiac of Rennes-les-Bains
Chapter Nine: The Cromlech of Rennes-les-Bains
Chapter Ten: Delphi, Apollo and the Python
Chapter Eleven: Confirmation from the Team

Part Three: Solution
Chapter Twelve: Geographic Cryptography
Chapter Thirteen: The Riddle of the Parchments
Chapter Fourteen: The Arques Square

Part Four: Transmission
Chapter Fifteen: Grand Voyager of the Unknown
Chapter Sixteen: Dreams, Alchemy and the Omphalos
Chapter Seventeen: Imprint of a Seal
Chapter Eighteen: A Walk in the Woods
Chapter Nineteen: Reassembling the Scattered Stones
Epilogue: Coda to a Dream

Appendix I: The Parchment Text Decipherments
Appendix II: List of Figures
Appendix III: The Text of Le Serpent Rouge
Appendix IV: Chronology of Key Texts
Appendix V: Bibliography
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About Simon M. Miles

Simon M. Miles is an independent researcher, author and speaker.

After a successful business career in the field of scientific lasers, he became a full time writer in 2007.

Originally from Australia, he now lives in the UK, near Manchester, with his wife Judith, and their cat Leo.

This is his first book.
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