Therefore, inevitably, with his new-found wealth and lands, he developed enemies. He also caused the resentment of the rulers of neighboring Frankish lands, some of whom had connections in Dagobert’s court that could be dangerous to him. One of these was his Mayor to the Palace, the treacherous Pepin the Fat.
The larger of Dagobert’s two palaces was at Stenay in the Ardennes. Nearby was the Forest ofWoevres, where, as we learned in Chapter Two, Dagobert went hunting on December 23, 679. It was while he was sleeping under a tree that his godson supposedly crept up to him, and under Pepin’s orders, lanced him in the eye, killing him. The murdering band then returned to Stenay where, it was believed, they slaughtered the rest of Dagobert’s family. The Roman Church wasted no time in commending the action. However, perhaps through guilt, they canonized Dagobert in 872, when his remains were moved to the graveyard of a church which was renamed “the Church of Saint Dagobert.” They ‘even gave him his own feast day, on December 23rd. This day also happened to be sacred to the Benjamite tribe. The Roman Catholic Church has always been unable or unwilling to explain why he was canonized.
From the day of his burial in the Church of Saint Dagobert, his grave has been a destination of pilgrimage for various significant historical figures including the Duke ofLorraine, the grandfather of Godfroi de Bouillon. The church was destroyed during the French Revolution and most of the relics of Saint Dagobert disappeared. Today only what is believed to be his skull remains, and it is held at a convent at Mons. Curiously some years later, a poem entitled “de Sancta Dagoberto martyre prose” appeared. Its message was that Dagobert had been martyred for some reason and it was found at the Abbey of Orval.
Dagobert’s assassination effectively marked the end of the Merovingian era. After the death of Dagobert, the Merovingian dynasty fell into decline, although they managed to hang onto much of their status for nearly a hundred more years. However, many of the monarchs were too young to b·e effective, and were unable to defend themselves against the relentless ambitions of the Mayors of the Palace. Childeric III died childless in 754 and that was the clearest sign that the dynasty’s flame had expired.
Pepin the Fat, who ordered the assassination of Dagobert, had his son Charles Martel placed in a position of leadership. Despite his excellent military reputation, and the fact that the opportunity was there for him, he seems to have avoided claiming the throne, perhaps through respect for the rights of the Merovingians. After Charles Martel died in 741 , his son, Pepin III who was Mayor of the Palace to King Childeric III, went to the Pope with a delegation and asked the question, “Who should be King? The man who actually holds the power, or he, though called King, has no power at all.” The Pope agreed that Pepin should be made King and thus broke the agreement that had been established with Clovis. Childeric was sent to a monastery, where he died four years later and Pepin was established firmly on the throne of the Franks.
Pepin Ill’s coronation in 754 was conducted according to new rules which ensured kings would be created instead of simply acknowledged. This was done in accordance with the fraudulent document called the Donation of Constantine, which is discussed fully in Chapter Five on Constantine the Great. The Carolingian dynasty started at this point, named after Charles Martel, although it is more closely associated with his descendant Charlemagne, who in 800 was proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor -a title that had previously belonged solely to the Merovingian kings.
Just before Pepin III was crowned, he married a Merovingian princess, presumably to legitimize himself in his own eyes, propelling the Merovingian genes once again in their rightful direction. Charlemagne married similarly. In fact his misgivings even seemed to affect his coronation. He seemed determined to give the impression that he was bashful about becoming Holy Roman Emperor. The ceremony had been fixed so that it appeared that the Pope was crowning him without Charlemagne’s prior knowledge. Charlemagne accepted the crown expressing the mock shock that film stars show when being awarded an Oscar. To add credence to the performance he insisted that he would never have entered the Roman cathedral if he had known that was going to happen.
The betrayal of Clovis by the assassination of Dagobert II has been the greatest source of anguish for the Priory of Sion and the Merovingian descendants. However, there seems to have been an attempt to mitigate the insult. Thus the Carolingian royal family (the family of Emperor Charlemagne) married Merovingian princesses in order to legitimize themselves. Dagobert’s son, Sigisbert, was the ancestor of Guillem de Gellone, ruler of the Jewish kingdom of Septimania in southern France and later of Godfroi de Bouillon, who captured Jerusalem during the Crusades. Thereby the bloodline of Jesus Christ, the Davidic line, was restored back to the throne that had been rightfully its own since the time of the Old Testament.
There ·can be little reasonable doubt that Jesus was actually married. As we see will in Chapter Eight on the marriage of Jesus Christ, the heir to the Davidic line was required by law to marry. Not only that -they were required to sire at least
two sons ( an “heir and a spare,” as they say about the British royal family.) Such present-day lifestyle choices as live-in partners or single-sex relationships simply did not exist in first century Judea. Marriage for those of the Davidic line was ritualized to the extent of making redundant any necessity for romanticism. The necessity of continuing the survival of the line in such a rural and, at the same time, persecuted community was paramount to all. Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, after fleeing from the Holy Land, had several children who were brought up in a Jewish community in southern France. Jesus had been known as a “fisher” from the time that he was admitted into the priesthood in the Order of Melchizedek, as described in Hebrews 5. In this way the House ofJudah became a dynasty of Priest-Kings who were referred to in the Grail mythology as the “Fisher Kings.” The line of descent from these. Fisher Kings became the French House de! Acqs. The name “Acqs” comes from aquae meaning “waters” and the family was a major influence in the French area of Aquitaine. The Merovingian dynasty came from this line and were the Counts ofToulouse and Narbonne and the Princes of Septimania Midi in what is now south-west France. In the fifth century, it seems that the descendants of these children married into the royal line of the Franks, bringing about the Merovingian dynasty.
As we have seen before in this chapter, the Roman Catholic Church made a pact with Clovis, one of the Merovingian kings, in 496 AD, in which it pledged itself for all time to the Merovingian bloodline. This was presumably because they recognized the true identity of the Merovingian bloodline. Clovis was offered the title of Holy Roman Emperor (or “New Constantine,” as the title was then phrased), and therefore did not become King, although of course, by Merovingian succession traditions, he was recognized as such.
It seems conclusive that the Church played a part in the assassination of Dagobert II and was never able to forgive itself for this. This resulted in the betrayal of the Merovingians and it was vital to the Church that this knowledge was not widely known, as it would have played straight into the hands of Rome’s enemies. Rome was, however, unable to suppress the truth completely and one of the ways in which the truth of the matter was revealed was allegorically, through such literature as the romances of the Holy Grail.
Thus the Holy Grail had two simultaneous identities. The first was that of the “Sang Real”: the “Real” or “Royal” blood of which the Knights Templar were guardians. Second, it would have been the vessel or receptacle of]esus’ blood (or rather semen) -that is, the womb of Mary Magdalene. Thus many of the churches that are supposedly dedicated to the “Virgin” Mary in the form of “Black Virgins” or “Black Madonnas” were in fact been dedicated to the Magdalene.
The Holy Grail may also have been, literally speaking, the treasure that had been taken in 70 AD when the emperor Titus plundered the Temple of Jerusalem. This vast wealth eventually found its way to the Pyrenees mountain range, and is today reputed to be in the hands of the Priory of Sion. As well as this treasure, the Temple of Solomon is likely to have contained birth certificates, marriage certificates and other documents relating to the royal line of Israel. It would no doubt also give evidence of Jesus Christ’s claim to be King of the Jews.
There is no evidence that Titus or his soldiers found such documentation. Logic, however, would lead us to believe that the soldiers would have been happy to carry away the copious amounts of gold and jewels that were available, thus leaving the way clear for the more sensitive documentation to be hidden away.
The descendants of Jesus Christ had reached positions of influence and importance by 1100 in Europe and also, through Godfroi de Bouillon, in Palestine. Even though they may have been well aware of their ancestry, they may not have b~en able to prove it without the documentary or other proof that remained at the Temple of Solomon.5 This would explain the excavations that the Knights Templar made around the area of the Temple at that time. On the basis of the evidence that Leigh, Baigent, and Lincoln found, it appears that not only were the Knights Templar sent to Jerusalem to find something, but that they did, in fact, succeed, and returned with it to England. It is unclear what happened to it then, but it is known that the fourth Grand Master of the Order of the Temple, Bertrand de Blanchefort, concealed something near Rennes-le-Chateau and German miners were brought to construct a hiding place. There is speculation over what this “something” may have been, ranging from Jesus’ marriage certificate and/or birth certificates of his children to his mummified body. Any of these may have been passed to the heretical Cathar sect in the area ofLanguedoc near Rennes-le-Chateau, who were massacred mercilessly by 30,000 of the Pope’s soldiers in 1209. Treasure was hidden at the Cathar stronghold of Montsegur, which was under siege for ten months until March 1244.
5 There was a royal tradition that the bloodline of both Godfroi and Baudouin de Bouillon was “founded upon the Rock of Sion” and equal in status to the foremost of European dynasties. Both the New Testament and later Freemasonry maintain that the “Rock of Sion” was in fact Jesus.
Once the Merovingians re-established themselves in Jerusalem, they could better afford to make the facts known. This explains why the Grail romances, which were associated so closely with the Knights Templar, started appearing at this time. Eventually no doubt the full truth of the Merovingian kings would have come out and they would have ruled extensively over Europe, replacing the Pope and making Jerusalem the capital of the Christian world. If Jesus had been accepted as a mortal prophet, a priest-King and the descendant of the Davidic line by Christians, he may also have been accepted by the Muslims and Jews. That would obviously have changed Middle East history drastically.
However, this was not the course of history and the Frankish kingdom of Jerusalem did not succeed. With the loss of the Holy Land in 1291 to the Muslims, the Merovingians were sidelined and the Knights Templar rendered redundant. Since that time, the Roman Catholic Church has continued to strengthen at the expense of the truth.
The Australian “Royal Family”
On January 3, 2004, Britain’s Channel 4 TV showed a documentary, Britain’s Real Monarch, in which Tony Robinson, perhaps best known for playing “Baldrick” in the BBC TV series Blackadder, presented evidence that had been discovered by the historian Michael K. Jones regarding the ancestors of the present British royal family.
On the death of Edward IV, his young son, also called Edward, reigned briefly but was never crowned. He and his brother Richard, Duke of York, were taken to the Tower of London, where their uncle Richard, who was to become Richard III, acted as their Lord Protector. It was then pronounced, on dubious grounds, that the young princes were illegitimate. Shortly afterwards, they disappeared and were never seen again. The accusing finger of history has pointed at Richard III ever since, although there is no conclusive proof of his involvement. However, he is alleged to have had his two young nephews smothered to death and in 1674 two skeletons of boys were found in the Tower and believed to be those of the young princes. The depiction of Richard III as a hunchbacked and evil man is largely the responsibility of Shakespeare and is thought to have originated as Tudor propaganda. For centuries the English King Richard III has been the subject of controversy. Some claim that as he was the last Plantagenet King, he was the last “Grail King” of England. This could explain the propaganda in Tudor times, as both Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I were painfully aware of their comparatively humble ancestry.
The true story, according to Tony Robinson, is quite different. He maintains that Edward IV himself was illegitimate and therefore the crown should have gone to his brother George, Duke of Clarence. The implications for both British and American history are enormous.
The mother of Edward IV was Cecily Neville. She was called “Proud Cis” because of her legendary feisty temper. Dominic Mancici, who was visiting London in 1483, reported that Cecily “fell into a frenzy,” making the incredible, self-deprecating accusation that Edward IV was illegitimate and that she would be prepared to swear to that effect before a public enquiry. It was an extraordinary thing for a mother to admit to. There had been a rumor that she had had an affair with an English archer named Blaybourne, who may have been the real father. Edward IV was tall and bore no physical resemblance to either his siblings or his ancestors. He looked, in fact, like a well-built archer. Blaybourne was based in the garrison at Rouen in Normandy, France, which is where Cecily and her husband, Richard, the Duke ofYork, lived. According to conclusive evidence in the archbishopric records at the cathedral of Rouen, Cecily’s husband, Richard, was away fighting at Pontoise in another part of France during the five weeks period in which the future Edward IV would have been conceived.
The future Edward IV therefore appears to have been the result of the relationship that Cecily had with Blaybourne. However the matter was never taken very seriously and historians have said that the incident arose because of two reasons. First, Cecily wanted to blacken Edward’s name because she hated his wife, Elizabeth Woodville. Second it is said that she was bullied into the admission by her other son, also called Richard, to enhance his chances of becoming King Richard III.