Priory of Sion: Nicolas Flamel

Nicolas Flamel, French scrivener and manuscript seller

Nicolas Flamel the historical Alchemist was born around 1330, in Pontoise, France.  Flamel became a renowned French Scribe and manuscript seller.  As a book seller many rare books passed through his hands, and he acquired knowledge through these writings.

By chance he happened upon “The Sacred Book of Abraham the Jew, Prince, Priest, Levite, Astrologer and Philosopher to that Tribe of Jews who by the Wrath of God were dispersed amongst the Gaul’s.”  This discovery happened around 1361, and would change his life for the next twenty-one years.

In 1368 Nicolas Flamel married Perenelle, bringing the wealth of two former marriages to the partnership.  This French couple owned several properties including 51 Rue de Montmorency in Paris, one of the city’s oldest stone houses, which still stands to this very day.  An inscription upon the wall reads: “We. Ploughmen and women living at the porch of this house, built in 1407, are requested to say every day an ‘Our Father and an ‘Ave Maria’ praying God that his grace forgive poor and dead sinners.”

Flamel journeyed to Spain in 1382 where he met a converted Jew in Leon, he who would enlighten him, with the meaning of the texts.

His first successful alchemical transmutation took place in Paris, turning half a pound of mercury into silver then into gold.  Within a few short years Nicolas Flamel became a wealthy man, and spread his wealth around, doing good works.  By 1413, he founded fourteen hospitals, seven churches and three chapels in Paris and went on to found more buildings in Boulogne.

In 1398 Nicolas Flamel became Grand Master of the Priory of Sion.

On the 22nd March Nicolas Flamel died, and was buried at the at the Musee de Cluny, in the Nave of the Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie in Paris.  His tombstone designed by him in 1410, had carvings of Christ, St.Peter and St.Paul upon it.