Over the weekend, various news sources have reported on the finding at Shugborough Hall. According to the Sunday Mercury on 16 May 09, a Cross of Lorraine fashioned out of a newspaper dated 20 May 1794 was found "this month" in a roof space of the mansion house. The discovery marks yet another chapter in the potentially esoteric links with the Estate.
Those who are delving into the Rennes-le-Chateau / Priory of Sion mysteries will no doubt be familiar with the Staffordshire Estate. A garden in the Estate holds a mirror image reproduction in stone of Poussin's Shepherds at Arcadia painting. What intriguing about this reproduction is a line of letters, "D.O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.M.", inscribed beneath the carving. Since the statue was commissioned by Thomas Anson in 1748. Since then, the Ansons and the monument were linked to the Priory of Sion by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
The monument and code has proven so tantalizing over the years, that in 2004 Bletchley Park issued a challenge to code breakers around the world. On 11 May 2004, Bletchley Park held an media event at the "Shepherd's Monument" where the public and media could question these code breakers on how they were going to translate the string of letters. It turned out to be a nice little media event with a German Enigma machine on display to remind the everyone of Bletchley Park cracking that code during the Second World War.
After a couple of months of sifting through the attempts at solving the riddle, Bletchley announced on 21 Nov 2004 that they someone had finally made sense of the cipher. The answer came from an American whose answer was "Jesus (As Deity) Defy" A news release on the Bletchley Park web site promised that in December all the answers and methods used to crack the code would be published. To date, and to my knowledge, this has not happened. It's odd that Bletchley Park didn't finish cashing in on the press they had gotten from the code contest by publishing all the answers.
Flash forward to this weekend's news stories of the Cross of Lorraine. It is unusual that such an object would be found on an Estate linked with RLC and the Priory of Sion. What's even more unusual is the Mercury got it all wrong. The cross was not found "sometime this month", but according to the Shugborough Hall web site's press release it was found "in the early 1990's". (I've found over the years that the British Press is horrible about getting facts right in articles of an occult nature.)
A simple Google news search for news articles pre-1999 with the terms " Shugborough Hall cross" comes up with no news stories about the discovery. This would tend to make me believe that the folks at Shugborough Hall held on to the discovery of the paper cross until now. With the release of Angels and Demons this month, it does seem like a good time to parade a new mystery in the public's eye.
Or is May just been deemed public relations month for Shugborough? After all they put the cross on display almost five years to the date of the Bletchley Park press conference. Oh, and the merry, merry month of May was the month of the newspaper the cross was made on too.
If Shugborough Hall is trying to make the world think there's deeper meaning behind their actions and objects found on the grounds, they're doing a bang up job. What is it about May? If I figure it out, I'll let you know.