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of the Holy Tub

THE HISTORY of the Holy Tub is long and convoluted. Even though there were long periods where it was hidden from the world, from 33-326 and 1307-2005, the impact it had while it was in the world and the mysterious events that followed, assured that the Sacred Basin would never be forgotten. And during those fallow periods, significant evolution in beliefs of its miraculous powers only increased its allure.

What follows is a somewhat simplified chronology, but details have been retained which may aid in more deeply understanding the situation behind Hunters of the Holy Tub.

 


Biblical Origin

33
Thursday, 2 April: the Last Supper
Jesus Christ uses a washtub borrowed from his mother to bathe the Apostles’ feet. It is later believed to have been used by Pilate, and saved the next day by Simon Magus and his first wife, St. Berenice.

Apostolic Memento

c. 40
Peter retrieves Sacred Basin from Simon Magus, leading to their feud.
c. 60
Peter departs for Rome, leaves Holy Tub with St. Berenice in Antioch.
c. 100
The Gospel of John written.
c. 180
The Acts of Peter and John is composed.
c. 220
First evidence of “Foot-washers” or Pedilavists in Lower Egypt comes from a Gnostic tract composed at this time.
250
St. Prunella sees the Sacred Basin in a vision shortly before her martyrdom with St. Murexius the Gladiator.
306
St. Prunella’s testimony incorporated into her Passion.

Imperial Heirloom

c. 350
An iron frame is made to carry and protect the Sacred Basin.
c. 400
The Golden Legend of the Holy Basin is compiled.
560
Byzantine Emperor Justinian orders a bejeweled box made of porphyry and gold, which becomes known much later as the “Inner Reliquary,” to house the Pelluvium Sanctissimum.
800
Empress Irene sends the Holy Tub to Charlemagne with other relics and a letter.
801
Brother Eadward of York writes a detailed description of the basin and reliquary and carrying frame for the Imperial Inventory.
964
Holy Roman Emperor Otto I wields the Holy Tub during formal deposition rites of Pope John XII and coronation of Pope Leo VIII.
1077
Emperor Henry IV promises Holy Tub to Pope Gregory VII, but reneges.

Templar Talsiman

1250
On his deathbed, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II entrusts the Knights Templar with the Sacred Basin.
c. 1260
Templars encase Inner Reliquary in an outer wooden one, known as the “Ark,” to take on pilgrimage in grand circuits around the continent.
1271
Cathedral and part of Chateau Bellegarde are burnt during a raid by rebels.
1274
St. Thomas Aquinas sees the Sacred Basin, supposedly writes On the Well of Forgiveness shortly before his death.
1294
Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay uses the Holy Tub to secure the election of Pope Celestine V, and publicly displays it during his coronation.
1300
In an encyclical, Pope Boniface VIII demands the Sacred Tub for the papacy, threatening the Knights Templar with excommunication.
1301
Failed ambush on the Templars by a group of rival Hospitallers to seize the Holy Tub for the pope damages reliquaries.
1302
Cathedral reconstruction begins in Bellegarde; by year’s end Friar Lorenzo of Venice starts work on the Rose Line in the South Transept. Heronimo becomes his apprentice.

Mystery and Marvels

1307
Friday, 13 October
Mass arrests of Templars take place all across France in pre-dawn raids. The escort of the Holy Tub is besieged in an unfinished cathedral in the town of Bellegarde. Before sunrise on the following Sunday, the Holy Tub vanishes. The dumbfounded knights claim that Mary took it back to Heaven.
1314
De Molay and other Templars are burnt in Paris. A month later, on Wednesday, 17 April, the remaining Templars are burnt in Bellegarde. Only their young squire Simeon is left alive.
1316
Br. Gabriele composes an investigative report on the mysterious events in Bellegarde for the Pope.
1323
By popular demand, the Templars’ ashes are entombed in South Transept in the Cathedral of Bellegarde.
1337
The Inquisition arrives in Bellegarde. On Friday night, 13 June, the first confirmed Vision of the Holy Tub is seen by Squire Simeon, Bl. Madeleine, and Jacques, just before Simeon is murdered by Inquisitor Jehan D’Leval. The next day at noon, the Miracle of the Scolding Madonna occurs, with dire prophecies and pyrotechnics which destroy the Chief Inquisitor.
1339
Assistant Inquisitor Fr. Ricardo of Seville, who survived, writes an account of the Inquisition there for Pope Benedict XII.
c. 1346
Friar Martin the Sanguine founds a Flagellant order, the “Little Brothers and Sisters of Penance.”
1347
Forces of King Edward III of England invade southern France. Bellegarde successfully withstands a 6-week siege.
1348-1350
The first wave of the Black Death slices through Europe, reaping millions. Bl. Madeleine and a third of the population of Bellegarde are taken.
1352-59
With Abel Montcélance, Heronimo installs the Memento Mirabilis and the Great Clock in the Cathedral, and the Cosmoscope in the Chateau. Remains from mass burials are shifted from the overstuffed Ossuary in the catacombs to the new Garden of Remembrance established in Haute Maurerven.
1355
On Tuesday, 23 June, the Vision is seen for the second time, this time by the Seven Blessed Witnesses. With the addition of the Pedilavists, the “Little Brothers and Sisters of Penance” become the “Sorrowful Community of Penance and Perfection” – later called the Endurists.
1357
Fr. Martin writes the first account of the Visions of Bellegarde, The Miracles of the Scolding Virgin.
1363
Maitre Heronimo finishes Danse Macabre, dies, and is buried in Cathedral Crypt.
1368
Gilles resigns as Baron of Bellegarde, takes holy orders.
1377
Trying to avert a faction of cardinals from splitting apart the Church, Mad Cardinal Gilles foolishly reveals the existence of the Holy Tub.
1378
The Great Western Schism begins; Sir Guy Falconer marries Gilles’ grand-daughter Alix, and together they escape the besieged town of Bellegarde to England.
1379
Cardinal Gilles’ death is soon followed by the Rape of Bellegarde. His new tomb and much of the town are destroyed by the Antipope of Avignon Clement VII.

Hunters and Heretics

1391
On 16 June, the first Vision seen since Rape of Bellegarde marks the beginning of the town’s recovery.
1418
The last session of the Council of Constance officially condemns Endurists as heretics.
1572
Father Gorm “the Thunderer” rallies the “barefoot leftists” and the town’s citizens to save the cathedral from Protestant raiders.
1582
The adoption of the Gregorian calendar causes the official celebration of the Miracle of the Scolding Madonna to be shifted to 23 June starting the next year.
1625
The Secrets of the Sages, a satirical play based on the legends of Heronimo, is shut down by the government after its first performance in Paris.
1652
Tobias the Shoeless sees the Vision and successfully predicts one the following month; soon takes over Endurists.
1672
On Beltane, Saturday, 30 April, while officiating as “Red Pope,” Tobias is arrested and later sentenced to perpetual imprisonment by agents of Louis XIV. The Little Sisters of Penance starve themselves; the Brothers who escape being sent to the galleys literally go underground.
1680
Thursday, 29 February, Tobias dies alone in his cell.
1689
Surviving Endurists publish Tobias’ strange manifesto, The Tears of the Virgin and the Garden of True Delight.
1690
After another mass arrest of Endurists, the cult is believed destroyed.
1782
On Monday, 24 June, Don Yago “Ionas” sees the Vision while drinking with companions. He vows to explore the catacombs. Three days later he emerges alone with wild tales, dragging “dragon bones” behind him.
1787
Don Yago debunks a fake Holy Tub in Stuttgart.
1789
French Revolution begins; Chateau Bellegarde burnt, Cathedral nearly so. Dragon bones are safely re-hidden in caverns by Don Yago.
1800
On New Year’s Day, the Seers, Sages and Heirs join together in the Triple Knot alliance with the “Tying of the Knot” ritual in the ruins of Chateau Bellegarde.
1839
Jean-Baptiste Beauregarde’s exposé of secret societies, Betrayers of the Red Cap, is published posthumously.

Painter and Priest

1890
Canon Dupre arrives in Bellegarde to oversee restoration work by Silviano Alfini on the Cathedral.
1894
On 18 June, Silviano Alfini becomes the last person to behold the Vision of the Holy Tub.
1895
Abbé Dupre brings his “niece” Antoinette to live in the rectory as housekeeper.
1897
Silviano Alfini finishes his masterpiece, The Ascension of the Sacred Reliquary.
1900
Alfini installs the Birdcage to protect the Tomb of the Templars and dies. Dupre begins promotion of the cult of the Scolding Madonna.
1901
The heavily worn and damaged floor of the South Transept is completely covered over with lineleum. Within the year, pews are installed also.
1912
Mysterious glow witnessed on Alfini’s painting. Dupre gets the town’s name changed to “Bellegraal.”

Protectors Unknown

1914
1 August
World War I begins. Abbé Dupre is found murdered the next day. Antoinette moves to Paris where she opens a club for soldiers.
1918
Antoinette dies during the Spanish Influenza epidemic but her funeral is attended by thousands.
1931
A glow on the painting is observed by German tourist Otto Rahn and photographed by Émilien Montcélance – a week before Montcélance’s disappearance in Haute Maureven.
1935
Françoise Noël stumbles across The Secrets of the Sages of Bellegarde in the French National Library.
1938
Otto Rahn publishes The Other Grail months before his suicide.
1943
On 25 March, a team of OSS agents including Capt. James MacLantis parachutes into Southern France. Only MacLantis and the team commander survive the ambush at the landing site. They later work with the Resistance in Bellegraal, including the Montcélance brothers, led by Françoise Noël.
1944
26 August
While trapped with Noël beneath the Cathedral by a cave-in caused by an errant bomb, Doc MacLantis discovers signs of a mysterious vault. A week later, 2 September, Bellegraal is liberated from the Nazis.
1947
Returning to Bellegraal after getting a degree, Doc recovers Don Yago’s “dragon bones.” Françoise Noël publishes The Visions of Old Bellegarde.
1948
Cathedral repairs finished: the damaged statues in the South Transept and painting restored by an unknown hand.
1949
23 June
At the unveiling of “The Grieving Mother” at the Maureven War Memorial on Midsummer Day, Doc MacLantis first meets his future wife, Maureen Masterson, and his future nemesis, Raimondo Fatamorgana. 2 November, Françoise Noël dies.
1952
Dr. James H. MacLantis with Maureen Masterson and Professore Raimondo Fatamorgana publish The Holy Tub and the Holy Grail, later popularly called Holy Tub, Holy Pail by fans.
1953
James and Maureen marry. “Doc’s Discovery Digs” premieres on the DuMont television network.
1954
On 5 July, Charles Scipio (Skip) MacLantis is born.
1957
Augustine (Gus) Xenophon MacLantis is born on 21 September. The television show is cancelled. Doc establishes the “Discovery Ranch.”
1963
20 April, Alix (Allie) MacLantis is born.
1965-77
Chateau Bellegarde is completly rebuilt with new Cosmoscope and Terrace Restaurant; the catacombs beneath the Cathedral are excavated and made tourist-friendly, and the Danse Macabre and Great Clock are fully restored.
1965
Raimondo publishes Cracked: The Real Mystery of the Holy Tub.
1966
Gus sickened and his mother Maureen dies from the Plague in Alvarado.
1967
On Sunday, 15 October, Doc opens the sand-filled Vault under the Cathedral on live satellite TV to world-wide derision.
1968
Doc MacLantis retires from filmmaking to the Ranch.
1970
Lord Fawkeslorne announces the existence of the Order of Knightly Guardians of the Maundy Grail (Outer).
1975
Excavators of the Vault uncover broken bronze piece of Outer Reliquary and find entrance through Heronimo’s tomb.
1986
Another piece of carrying hook from the Outer Reliquary found in Haute Maureven by a road crew.
1995
First Nipterological Conference held in Bellegraal. Doc claims both pieces are real during speech and with Gus and Allie participates in psychic readings inside Vault.
1996
Gus publishes Exploring an Enchanted Landscape with photos by Skip and design by Allie, and is later denied tenure by the University of Alvarado.
2003
Doc comes out of retirement for MacLantis Mysteries syndicated TV series. Raimondo publishes Broken: The Mystery of the Holy Tub Revealed. South Transept flooring is restored.

Present Day

2004-
Events that took place to the conclusion of the quest and beyond are covered in Hunters of the Holy Tub.

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“Some things
must wait
until the world
is ready;
freedom,
equality,
peace,
and the
Holy Tub.
No wonder
they are not promised
to arrive
before
Doomsday.”

– Doc MacLantis

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