Hello everybody. Thanks for the very kind words about my work and my book. Much appreciated. Happy to address the questions that have been raised here, and any others that people might like to ask.
Firstly, yes, of course, I am now and will always remain a Baconian! Some things never change, and that is one. I have however, admittedly, retired from the fray these days and am no longer actively researching, writing or speaking on the Shakespeare authorship topic. At least for now. For those who would like to see some of the work I have done over the years, please visit my website simonmmiles.com and the Bacon is Shakespeare page here: https://simonmmiles.com/index.php/archives/bacon-is-shakespeare. Various videos there, and also a bunch of nice pdfs of notes and slides I put together on different topics.
Now to my book, The Map and the Manuscript: Journeys in the Mysteries of the Two Rennes. Whilst there is nothing in there on Bacon or Shakespeare, I do solve a long standing riddle relating to the authorship of a famous poem, so there is a slight connection there. For the main part, the book documents work I have been doing for more than 20 years on the Affair of Rennes. It began as an analysis of claims of alignments and geometry in the landscape, but also takes in many other elements of the mystery. I will go so far as to say plainly that I have solved several of the key puzzles at the heart of the Affair. I do not mean by this that I have put forward yet more theories or speculation or hopeful guesses, not at all. These are definitive resolutions to certain problems which, once and for all, provide the true and complete solutions. These include the famous parchments, the enigmatic book and map of the priest Boudet, and the mystery-poem of Le Serpent Rouge. And of course the landscape geometry, which is the main topic of the book.
And certainly, as has been well known now for many years, there are major elements of this whole topic which are not as they seem. One could use the word hoax, and it would be accurate up to a point, but in fact, what is happening with the Rennes affair is far more sophisticated than a simple hoax.
These matters are full addressed in my book, and in fact, I reveal elements of the hoaxing that have never been made public before. In particular, in an explosive Appendix in the book, I show that Henry Lincoln played a breathtakingly audacious prank, or hoax, on the world back in 1974 when he released his documentary on the BBC, The Priest, the Painter and the Devil. This was the first time the supposed decoding of the parchments was revealed. However, Lincoln and the BBC fooled the world with a blatant exercise in disinformation which has remained undetected until now. Students of the topic will find this Appendix worth the price of admission on its own, but there is far far more between the covers.
For anyone interested in the story of Rennes-le-Château and Rennes-les-Bains, and for those who have never come across it, I hope you will find my book to be a fascinating analysis of the mystery and a satisfying set of solutions to some very fine puzzles. Available at the Great British Bookshop in paperback here:
Also available in hardback, and at Amazon, the Book Depository, Waterstones and other outlets.
Also available in Kindle on Amazon.
You can also read the first fifty pages for free on my website here:
I would be more than happy to answer any questions anyone might have on the book, or my work in general.
Thanks for your interest!