The Confession of Leo Taxil

Le Froundeur, April 25, 1897

Twelve Years Under the Banner of the Church



A Conference held by M. L‚o TAXIL
at the Hall of the Geographic Society in Paris

Part 6 of 6


1. In French: arriŠres-loges, literally back-lodges, in the sense they are in the back, behind the scenes, but secretly running everything.

2. The French stereotype those born in Marseilles as makers of pranks.

3. Literally: The Hobby-Horse, Journal for Fools.

4. La Fronde was a seditious party during the minority of Louis XIV. It gave birth to the word Frondeur, designating generally speaking all those who criticize the authorities and the government without restraint or deference.

5. In French: Conseiller prudhommal.

6. This alludes to one of the Fables de La Fontaine, well known to French children, about a cat who covered himself with flour in hopes that mice would be fooled and come close enough to be caught.

7. "Partner" in the original French text.

8. Two murderers whose exactions and execution at the guillotine were famous in the time of Taxil.

9. Pope L‚o XIII.

10. A famous French politician.

11. A stronghold of Catholicism in Switzerland.

12. Actor is meant here likely.

13. Residence of the President of the French Republic.

14. Part of Paris where many students live.

15. A Parisian daily newspaper.

16. Both sentences are based on a joke almost impossible to render in English. "Monter un bateau" is the French equivalent of "to pull one's leg." Taxil combines it with the tugboat of his youth, which grows into a squadron, and then a whole navy. Meaning that the prank becomes more and more enormous.

17. A religious ceremony which lasts three days.

18. This is an allusion to a legend from the 15th century that the birth house of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth was brought to Ancona in Italy by angels.

19. J.G. Findel, author of History of Freemasonry, 1861.

20. In addition to the obvious imagery of a stone disturbing frogs, French priests are sometimes called "frogs of the holy water basin."

21. An oubliette is a secret dungeon where people were thrown, forgotten, and died. Taxil plays on the double meaning of oublier, to forget, and oubliette.

Editor's Note. Pierre Mollier, Librarian of the Grand Orient of France provided the photocopy of Le Frondeur.


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Translated from Le Frondeur, April 25, 1897


Alain Bernheim, A. William Samii, and Eric Serejski

Reprinted from Heredom
The Transacations of the
Scottish Rite Research Society
vol. 5, 1996, pp. 137-168

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