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1. The Shugborough Monument


     1. The Shugborough Monument
     2. The Count of St. Germain
     3. Rosicrucianism, the Philosopher’s Stone, and Atlantis
     4. King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, and the Ferro’s Meridian
     5. Nicolas Poussin and “The Shepherds of Arcadia”
     6. Berenger Sauniere and the Mysterious Parchments
     7. David Teniers II and “The Temptation of St. Anthony”
     8. The Solution to the Shugborough Code and St. Anthony’s Cross, Part I
     8. The Solution to the Shugborough Code and St. Anthony’s Cross, Part II
     9. Guercino and Judith Leyster, Part I
     9. Guercino and Judith Leyster, Part II
    10. The Four Paintings that Point to Four Sacred Sites, Part I
    10. The Four Paintings that Point to Four Sacred Sites, Part II
    11. The First Proof that my Solution is Correct!
    12. Using Reversed Imagery to Locate the Cave of Marsyas
    13. The Location of the Holy Grail! Part I
    13. The Location of the Holy Grail! Part II

The Shugborough MonumentThe monument located at the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England, was commissioned by Thomas Anson, paid for by his brother, Admiral George Anson, and fashioned by the Flemish sculptor Peter Scheemakers.

It is set within a stone arch which appears like an entrance to a cave, carved to look natural and wild. It contains a marble bas-relief copy of Poussin’s painting “The Shepherds of Arcadia” and a carved inscription below it.

The relief shows a woman and three shepherds, two of whom are pointing to a tomb. On the tomb is carved the Latin text ET IN ARCADIA EGO ("I am also in Arcadia" or "I am, even in Arcadia").

The Shugborough relief, adapted from Poussin's second version of The Shepherds of Arcadia

The carving displays a number of small alterations from the original painting.

Notably, the letters to which the shepherds are pointing have been changed, and an extra sarcophagus has been placed on top of the main tomb.

Also, the relief sculpture is a mirror (or horizontally reversed) image of the painting. Above the Poussin scene are two stone heads, one of which bears a strong likeness to the goat-horned Greek god Pan.

Below it, an unknown craftsman carved the mysterious inscription, a sequence of ten letters that has never been satisfactorily explained, and has been called one of the world's top uncracked cipher texts.

The mysterious ten-letter inscription

Dating the Monument.

The monument has been dated by various writers to almost any year from 1748 to 1767. The most frequently quoted explanation of the monument is that it is a work by Thomas Wright, from 1748-50 with additions by James Stuart in about 1763.

There is however a good reason to suppose that the Shepherds Monument was not there in 1748.

Philip Yorke, Lady Elizabeth Anson’s brother and husband of Jemima, Marchioness Grey, visited in August 1763 and wrote to his father, Lord Hardwicke describing, as he writes, the “many embellishments since I saw it (Shugborough) in 1748.”

“I should not omit to mention the Bas Relief from Poussin’s Arcadian Picture, the most elegant Piece of modern sculpture I ever beheld & does great honour to Scheemaker’s chisel…”

Also, recent research has found that the first known mention of the monument is in a letter from Lady Elizabeth Anson, the wife of Admiral George Anson, to her brother-in-law Thomas in 1756. This means that the monument must have been constructed on or before 1756.

This limits the possible date of the monument’s construction from between 1749 to 1756. These years are important as it is during these years that one very enigmatic figure entered the lives of the Anson family who could have been the reason for the construction of the monument.

This person is none other than the Count of St. Germain.




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Chris Shellito

2010-01-10 10:06:25

If you have not already done so, I suggest as a source the book St. Laurence & The Holy Grail by Janice Bennett. The most intriguing part of the book is it appears to have a disctinct perspective and agenda from the more Rosicrucian based theories, though at the same time incidentally having similar parallels in the use of the historical characters involved., e.g. St. Bernard, et al. I believe the different theories are not as mutually exclusive as the authors portray.



2010-01-08 00:40:46

As far as the Holy grail theories go, i reccoment reading Petter Amundsen's book " the organist"( original title: "Organisten" in Norwegian) or to watch the documentary based on his book called: " sweet swan of Avon", some of you will find it very interesting. As far as the connection between the Knights Templar and Freemasonry, i am happy to see that more and more people are interested in our Craft, being a brother is a truly amazing journey.



2010-01-04 06:02:42

Hi Petros, I just came back from my holiday vacation :-) I will answer your question in one of my blogs, so watch out for it!

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