[31] This appears to have been a summary of a garbled or second-hand reference to a quote from Celsus the Platonist preserved in the apologetics work Contra Celsum ("Against Celsus") by the Church Father Origen: "such was the charm of Jesus' words, that not only were men willing to follow Him to the wilderness, but women also, forgetting the weakness of their sex and a regard for outward propriety in thus following their Teacher into desert places. Given Franco-German rivalry, before and after the Fin de sicle, I would not be surprised that many would have liked to suppress such finds! The claims frequently depict Jesus as married, often to Mary Magdalene, and as having descendants living in Europe, especially France but also the UK. It is generally dismissed by the scholarly community. James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director of the Ancient History Encyclopedia, providing a continuous listing of must-read articles, exciting museum exhibitions, and interviews with experts in the field. Consequently, we must be wary of assuming that it is an accurate and objective work of historical writing. J. Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. During his reign, the Mycenaean Greeks invaded and captured Troy in the Trojan War 1193-1183 BC. Clovis I, Clovis II, Childeric II, and Dagobert II were very strong rulers. An analogous legend claims that the place of Jesus at the crucifixion was taken by a brother, while Jesus fled through what would become Russia and Siberia to Japan, where he became a rice farmer at Aomori, at the north of the island of Honshu. [4][6], The late 19th-century saw the first of several expansions on this theme of marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, providing the couple with a named child. The Merovingian Church had a distinguished tradition in ecclesiastical legislation in the 6th and 7th centuries; it witnessed a flowering of monastic tradition. [4] In her reconstruction, a pregnant Mary Magdalene fled first to Egypt and then France after the crucifixion. Cimmerians We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. According to Flinders Petrie, a British Egyptologist, the Marvingi who lived near the Rhine were actually the ancestors of the Merovingians. Other than these chronicles, there are capitularies, letters, and more that reveal the history of the Merovingians. This building is indexed in the. Annales Mettenses Priores perhaps down played the achievements of the Merovingians, yet to accept such readings is to oversimplify Merovingian history. Gregory of Tours wrote that the Franks had created long haired kings in Thuringia (Belgium). The Sicambri were located along the right bank of the Rhine and appear about 55 BC. The difficulty, of course, in pursuing this line of inquiry is that it assumes that ethnicity was something biological and fixed, rather than being one of an assortment of identities expressed by every individual over the course of his or her lifetime; some of these facets of identity, like ethnicity, may have been mutable depending upon the circumstances. [56] Accepting as valid the testimony of an amateur archaeologist codenamed "Ben Hammott" relating to his discoveries made in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Chteau since 1999; Burgess claimed Ben had found the treasure of Brenger Saunire: a mummified corpse, which they believe is Mary Magdalene, in an underground tomb they claim is connected to both the Knights Templar and the Priory of Sion. Therefore, work on the Merovingians can tell us much about not just the Early Middle Ages but our own time as well. At such sites, we can see surviving burial markers and tombs decorated with crosses and know that Masses were celebrated for the dead. we do not think the Incarnation truly symbolises what it is intended to symbolise unless Jesus were married and sired children. Rome was founded 21 April 753 BC from settlements around a fjord on the River Tiber by Romulus and Remus, sons of the Trojan prince Aenas. Chris Lovegrove, "The Magdalene & the Sangraal", in, Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Unlocking the Secrets of His Life Story, "Intersections of Gender, Status, Ethnos, and Religion in Joseph and Aseneth", Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. [46] Gardner followed this book with several additional works in the bloodline genre. For the first three centuries of its existence until 751 it was ruled by a single family, that of the Merovingians. Childeric I carved himself a kingdom and the Merovingian dynasty was born. Gaius Julius Caesar. She also noted that the name "Sarah" means "Princess" in Hebrew, thus making her the forgotten child of the "sang ral", the blood royal of the King of the Jews. Though absent from the Gospels or historical records, the concept of Jesus having blood descendants has gained a presence in the public imagination, as seen with Dan Brown's best-selling novel and film The Da Vinci Code that used the premise for its plot. They were described as long haired warriors who were ferocious. Thus, for nearly two centuries, archaeologists have wrestled with the question of how to read the contents of early medieval graves, which were not arranged by chance (as in the case of the dead from a natural disaster, such as at Pompeii) but by survivors. Despite recent claims that the Merovingian Franks were sired by Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, and are therefore divine, the legend of King Merovee conceals the true origins of the Merovingian race in remote antiquity. The Church was a valuable target, with much treasure in gold and precious metals. Translation of image captions from French to English was provided by Mr. James Blake Wiener. JW: In your latest work, Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914, you move into the era of the French Industrial Revolution. The Merovingian kingdom boasted no counterpart to Gregory the Great, Isidore, Bede, or Boniface; nevertheless no other state equaled the overall achievement of the Franks in the sixth, seventh, and eight centuries. If a family had access to wealth, they might want to bury a loved one in a manner that reflected status or connections. Mary Ann Beavis would point out that unlike others in the genre, Starbird actively courted scholarly engagement over her ideas, and that "[a]lthough her methods, arguments and conclusions do not always stand up to scholarly scrutiny, some of her exegetical insights merit attention . He was named Novus Constantinus-the new Constantine. Essentially, I would explain these circumstances by observing that priests were scarce commodities in the early medieval West outside of cities; at rural cemeteries found all across Europe, this meant that burial custom was conducted mainly by families and remained fairly stable in the era of Christian conversions. Herodotus described the Cimmerians of the north Black Sea coast as a distinctly autonomous tribe expelled by the Scythians. In the absence of a French narrative of the significance of these remains, German scholars essentially had a free hand to interpret these artifacts and cemeteries as they saw fit. A book by one of the documentary's researchers, Rob Howells, entitled Inside the Priory of Sion: Revelations from the World's Most Secret Society - Guardians of the Bloodline of Jesus presented the version of the Priory of Sion as given in the 2008 documentary,[57] which contained several erroneous assertions, such as the claim that Plantard believed in the Jesus bloodline hypothesis. It was foremost in monastic houses and ecclesiastical communities that contemporary clerics began to effect change. Kenneth Grant, Grand Master, OTO "The three constellations develop the truth. [4][5] These sources must be viewed with caution: the two known authors were not themselves Cathars and were writing of a heresy being actively and violently suppressed. The notion of a direct bloodline from Jesus and Mary Magdalene and its supposed relationship to the Merovingians, as well as to their alleged modern descendants, is strongly dismissed as pseudohistorical by a qualified majority of Christian and secular historians such as Darrell Bock[72] and Bart D. Ehrman,[2][73] along with journalists and investigators such as Jean-Luc Chaumeil, who has an extensive archive on this subject matter. Language links are at the top of the page across from the title. According to recent popular theories, the Merovingians are identified as the descendants of Jesus Christ, who escaped crucifixion and fled to France with a pregnant Mary Magdalene, settling there. German historians, by contrast, did not ignore these finds and catalogued them assiduously based on the publications of French learned societies dating back over a century. Charlemagne (2 April 742 28 January 814), also known as Charles the Historians generally regard these legends as "pious fraud" produced during the Middle Ages.[19][20][21]. In books like Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code, or Holy Grail, and Holy Blood by Michael Baignet and Richard Leigh, the Merovingian kings are considered to be There are indications in Gnosticism of the belief that Jesus and Mary Magdalene shared an amorous, and not just a religious relationship. Clothild (d. 545 CE), the Burgundian wife of Clovis I (c. 466-511 CE), was credited by Gregory of Tours as having helped convince her pagan husband to convert to Catholic Christianity. Franks I am interested in how colonial excavations of famous Roman ruins like Timgad and Lambaesis helped the French justify their presence in North Africa, since they argued that they were following in the footsteps of the Roman army. These tales claim that each generation of Merovingians is descended from a different ancestor who lived many years ago. But is there any surviving evidence from the Merovingians themselves to support this? They raised the question of whether the deceased were possibly Franks or Romans or Burgundians, something they thought might be determined by the kinds of artifacts found with the dead. Among the signatories was Bishop Agilbert of Paris, formerly Bishop of the West Saxons, whose last recorded act this is. [30][54], The 2008 documentary Bloodline[55] by Bruce Burgess, a filmmaker with an interest in paranormal claims, expands on the Jesus bloodline hypothesis and other elements of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Clovis reigned from 481-511 and was the major Merovingian King as was Charlemagne the major Carolingian King. Historian Ken Mondschein ridiculed the notion that the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene could have been preserved: Infant mortality in pre-modern times was ridiculously high, and you'd only need one childhood accident or disease in 2,000 years to wipe out the bloodline keep the children of Christ marrying each other, on the other hand, and eventually they'd be so inbred that the sons of God would have flippers for feet.[78]. It was said to have described the man as married, and that he had a son whose crucifixion the letter's author had witnessed. The conversion of Clovis into Christianity had a significant historical impact from a cultural perspective. Master of Tours by Sigibert I, King of Austrasia (561-576). So the modern theory goes, Jesus escaped death on the cross (being cut down before he died) and was smuggled out of the Middle East by ship, accompanied by a pregnant Mary Magdalene (the Holy Grail here being reinterpreted as the Sang Raal or royal blood, that is the pregnant Mary). Sensing defeat for the Merovingians, Clovis made a vow that if Clotildas God provided him with victory in the battle, he would be baptized and convert to a Christian. As indicated the line of Frankish Kings began with Frankus And the Franks were not Christians by religion, leaving the divine protection the Catholics claimed poor protection against a Merovingian attack. They fought several wars with Rome, namely one led by The law of the Merovingians was not universal, instead being applied differently to each man as per his origin. Belt plaques from the finery set of Queen Aregund (c. 515573 CE), wife of Clotaire I (511561 CE). The author attested both in the text and public interviews to the veracity of the bloodline details that served as the novel's historical context. In 511 he convened an ecclesiastical council in Orleans to discuss matters of newly acquired Aquitaine. For all practical purposes, this ended the real power of the Merovingian Kings. However, after her son came of age, she appears to have been forced to join the royal foundation of Chelles for the remainder of her life. He also seemed to lose interest in protecting the Roman Church and expanding it. They were also criticized by several historians for their oversimplified views, where a lack of support for their peasant class undermined their domestic economy. Thus, what truly fascinated me was the way in which French historians opted to turn their backs on inconvenient remains discovered by amateurs that challenged their narrative of Frances Gallo-Roman ancestry. Thiering based her historical conclusions on her application of the so-called Pesher technique to the New Testament. Clovis I. Edmund Spenser wrote that the primary nation that settled Ireland were the Scythians , and that they also settled Scotland. The Salian Franks (sea dwelling) lived North and East of Limes in the Dutch coastal area and in the 5th century migrated throughout Belgium and into northern France. [10][11] In this work of pseudo-scholarship, Thiering would go so far as to precisely place the betrothal of Jesus and Mary Magdalene on 30 June, AD 30, at 10:00 p.m. She relocated the events in the life of Jesus from Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem to Qumran, and related that Jesus was revived after an incomplete crucifixion and married Mary Magdalene, who was already pregnant by him, that they had a daughter Tamar and a son Jesus Justus born in AD 41, and Jesus then divorced Mary to wed a Jewess named Lydia, going to Rome where he died. "[32], Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln developed and popularized the idea of a bloodline descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene in their 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (published as Holy Blood, Holy Grail in the United States),[33] in which they asserted: ". Fida M. Hassnain, as part of a 1970s study of this myth that brought it to the attention of western popularizers, found that the guardian of the shrine claimed to be a direct descendant of Jesus and a woman named 'Marjan'. James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. In 1913, Reynolds Tobacco Company came up with a great innovationthe packaged cigarette called Camel cigarettes. All rights reserved. As loyal Catholics, the Merovingians were powerful allies of the Pope in promoting Catholic Christianity. When graves were uncovered by engineers or agricultural workers, whether during the building of railroads or the planting of vineyards, the first question often posed by those involved was whose body they had found. Their language was Iranian. Merovee, the first Merovingian King, fought along side Flavius Aetius the Roman ruler when Attila the Hun was defeated in 451. Of the primary sources, such as the Decem Libri Historiarum or the Chronicle of Fredegar, no mention is made of this connection to Christ. Aside from issues of royal inheritance, which historical factors allowed this breakdown of power to occur? The Jesus bloodline refers to the proposition that a lineal sequence of descendants of the historical Jesus has persisted to the present time. Scholars regard the Scythians as an Iranian nomadic people speaking several languages but mostly Iranian (or Parsi which later became Farsi). All images featured in this interview have been attributed to their respective owners. [48] Some critics point out the informant's account of his family history seems to be based on the controversial work of Barbara Thiering. .," while suggesting she is more mythographer than historian.[3]. Some such claims have suggested that Jesus survived the crucifixion and went to another location such as France, India or Japan. They became slave traders, merchants, and shippers. [50] This is very similar to the thesis put forward by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln in Holy Blood and the Holy Grail though not associating the hidden knowledge with the Cathars,[4] and Brown also incorporated material from Joyce, Thiering and Starbird, as well as the 1965 The Passover Plot, in which Hugh J. Schonfield claimed that Lazarus and Joseph of Arimathea had faked the resurrection after Jesus was killed by mistake when stabbed by a Roman soldier. (Ian Woods states that Odoacer deposing Agustulus is speculation). Eventually, the kings lost their political authority to officials known vaguely as maiores palatii (great men of the palace). Clovis No evidence, either from the Merovingians or any other credible source, supports this fantastical claim. Let us look at the mixed reputations of Merovingian queens known from the historical accounts of authors such as Gregory of Tours. However, it is without proof. Retrieved on 2008-04-23. An Exposure of the Albigensian and Waldensian Heresies, dated to before 1213 and usually attributed to Ermengaud of Bziers, a former Waldensian seeking reconciliation with the mainstream Catholic Church, would describe Cathar heretical beliefs including the claim that they taught "in the secret meetings that Mary Magdalen was the wife of Christ". Childeric was expelled from the Franks for sexual profligacy. The Frankish kings gave permission to their army to loot and plunder after any battle, bringing all the plunder to a designated spot. Today Troy is an archaeological site in northwest Turkey. [76] Steve Olson, author of Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, published an article in Nature demonstrating that, as a matter of statistical probability: If anyone living today is descended from Jesus, so are most of us on the planet.[77]. He was the illegitimate son of Pippin the Middle and his concubine Alpaida. The source of the Merovingian Kings was Merovee/Merovech, who was one of the grandfathers of Miles Mathis and is said to have been fathered in part by a sea This, Cover of Merovingian sarcophagus at the Muse de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. However, these practices eventually gave way to Roman Catholic Masses and prayers for the dead, which were performed by members of the clergy at churches. BE: Burial rites are intrinsically conservative customs; just as today, they tend not to change drastically from generation to generation unless catastrophic circumstances like disease or war force burials to be performed in a hurried manner or break the chain of the transmission of rituals between generations. These claimed Jesus' bloodlines are distinct from the biblical genealogy of Jesus and from the documented Brothers of Jesus and other kin of Jesus, known as the Desposyni. Soon thereafter an agreement of cooperation was signed between Clovis and the Roman Church. (In the seventh century, according to Browns book, the Vatican attempted to eradicate the dynasty by murdering Dagobert II, but his son Sigisbert II survived, as did The people east of the Rhine were also subject to the Merovingians. But the situation changed during a battle against the Alamanni, a confederation of German tribes. Indeed, according to Merovingian historians and hagiographers, if one wanted to overthrow a Merovingian king, the act usually necessitated cutting his hair, and indeed tonsuring him like a monk, so that he could no longer legitimately occupy the throne of one of the Frankish kingdoms. The Liber Historiae Francorum went further, connecting them with the Trojan migration. Greece For them, the cutting of the hair of the king was considered a symbolic loss of power. Among the causes of their eroding power base were the repeated (and disputed) divisions of the kingdoms among royal heirs (in the absence of the custom of primogeniture), damaging conflict between the Austrasian and Neustrian kingdoms in Frankish-controlled territory, decentralization of authority once belonging to kings in favor of the aristocracy, and the rising power of the mayors of the palace who met many of the royal obligations that the Merovingian kings could not or would not fulfill on their own. Charlemagne There were Elizabeth and Mary and a host of others that followed him". This legend dates from the 1930s, when it was claimed that a document was discovered written in the Hebrew language and describing the marriage and later life of Jesus. When Childeric III was deposed, the Merovingians were the longest ruling dynasty in western Europe. Available at: https://www.penfield.edu/webpages/jgiotto/onlinetextbook.cfm?subpage=1680226, What was the Merovingian Dynasty? Webthe Priory of Sion protects Merovingian dynasts because they may be the lineal descendants of the historical Jesus and his alleged wife, Mary Magdalene, traced further back to King David; the legendary Holy Grail is simultaneously the womb of saint Mary Magdalene and the sacred royal bloodline she gave birth to; and BE: Many thanks for this opportunity! After Clovis died, his kingdom was divided into 4 parts-one for each of his 4 sons. The Merovingians(c. 457-751 CE) played a crucial role in Western Europes transition from ancient to medieval, and I am very excited to learn more through archaeology about their culture and politics. They were often called as the long-haired kings owing to their tradition of keeping unshorn hair. However the conversion of Clovis was different to that of other Germanic tribes nearby. The Merovingian kingdom had a significant role to play in the transmission of culture from the late Roman period to the Carolingian period. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor of history, James is also a freelance writer who is keenly interested in cross-cultural exchange. This was the case not only in the 19th century CE, but the early 20th century CE when the French found themselves on numerous times at war with their German neighbors. If one controls the bees, they control the ability to give life on Earth, which is a powerful tool for those seeking to exert control over the planet. National assemblies of the nobles and their armed retainers were held annually, where the major policies were decided, usually about who to attack next. JW: Dr. Effros, you have also conducted extensive research into the social significance of Merovingian burial rites. A century later, the Lombards controlled northern Italy, and the Franks were unchallenged in France, and the Anglos and Saxons were in Britannia. https://www.penfield.edu/webpages/jgiotto/onlinetextbook.cfm?subpage=1680226, https://www.gotquestions.org/Merovingian-dynasty.html, https://www.historytoday.com/archive/mary-magdalen-and-kings-france. The conversion of Clovis to Catholicism made him more acceptable to the Gallo Romans. Historians, especially in modern Germany, have thus traditionally understood the Merovingian kings long hair as physical symbol of what they believed was sacral power; a status that marked them as having special or even magical powers that predated and survived long past King Clovis early sixth century CE conversion to Christianity. As per the legendary tale, a man named Chlodio, along with his wife, stayed by the sea one summer. The Merovingian Bloodline. The Right To Bear Arms: The Famous Polish Wendigo: Cannibal Beast of Native American Legend. [17][non-primary source needed], The Jesus Seminar, a group of scholars involved in the quest for the historical Jesus from a liberal Christian perspective, were unable to determine whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a matrimonial relationship due to the dearth of historical evidence. She is the author of Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World (1998), Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul (2002), Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Middle Ages (2003), and Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914 (2012). Land of the Rising Sun: Did Jesus Retire To Rural Japan? It has been shown that the Scythians landed in Cornwall. This is the original charter. From the houses of Toulouse and Trencavel, following the marriage of Ruggero Tagliaferro with Adelaide of Burlats, born Raimondo-Ruggero Trencavel, died killed during the Crusade against the Albigensians, when he was captured and segregated in the prisons of his own castle, died by poisoning. If it was a much cherished child who died, parents might want to lay their infant to rest with his or her favorite possessions or in a place they thought would keep him or her protected after death. The Merovingian royalty and European royal bloodlines may be part of this hive or bloodline, with the bee symbol being used as a sign of their control over the genetic stream. Accomplishments of the Merovingians. A Net Inceptions project. Available at: https://www.historytoday.com/archive/mary-magdalen-and-kings-france, Bipin Dimri is a writer from India with an educational background in Management Studies. WebFor more information on this there is a detailed examination of the Royal family and the occult in the book The Prince and the Paranormal - The Psychic Bloodline of the Royal "[30][54] He nonetheless drew heavily from the same pseudohistorical grail framework as Holy Blood, combining it with concepts related to British Israelism, beliefs of the early Mormon fathers, and modern genetic genealogy. Pope Gregory made an attempt to bring about a reform, which was strongly resisted by the Merovingians. The Merovingian kings were called as long-haired kings as they never used to cut their hair, believing that there was power in long hair. Ultimately, the notion that a person living millennia ago has a small number of descendants living today is statistically improbable. The scenario was dismissed as 'certainly strange' by a contemporary reviewer. The throne was vacant until the death of Martel. Adding to the general ignorance, there is little information coming forth in the way of exposure of the Merovingian dynasty as the Satanic bloodline from which the Antichrist and False Prophet is said to come. Clothilda was later named a Saint. The mean elevation in the central area is about 4500 meters. This opened up for me a new world of 19th century CE antiquarianism and archaeology, which really lit my imagination. Merovingian dynasty, Frankish dynasty (ad 476750) traditionally reckoned as the first race of the kings of France. However, unlike their Roman predecessors, these decisions were made for the benefit of the nobles alone. WebThe term Merovingian is said to derive from Merovee who was King of the Franks from 447-458 A.D.

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