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Dark Ages and Merovingians

Allegedly*, the Merovingian dynasty issued from the Sicambrians, a tribe of the Germanic people collectively known as the Franks.  Between the fifth and seventh centuries the Merovingians ruled large parts of what are now France and Germany.  The period of their ascendancy coincides with the period of King Arthur -- a period that constitutes the setting for the romances of the Holy Grail.  It is probably the most impenetrable period of what are now called the Dark Ages.  Interestingly, most scholars agree that it is readily apparent that someone deliberately obscured this age.  Almost everything has been lost, or censored -- except for records which represent certain vested interests, a situation where apparently the Roman Catholic Church exercised a veritable monopoly on learning and writing.  Nevertheless, some history has slipped through.

The Merovingians, for example, claimed descent from Noah, whom they regarded even more than Moses as the source of all biblical wisdom.  The Merovingians also claimed direct descent from ancient Troy.  Documents survive which show that the ancestors of the Merovingians were connected with Arcadia's royal house.  At some unspecified date toward the advent of the Christian era, they supposedly migrated up the Danube, then up the Rhine, and finally established themselves in what is now western Germany.  The Merovingians, like the ancient Arcadians, worshipped the bear in the form of Artemis -- or, more specifically, the form of her Gaelic equivalent, Arduina, patron goddess of the Ardennes.  Also, the Welsh word for bear is arth -- whence the name Arthur derives.

In the early fifth century the invasion of the Huns provoked large scale migrations of almost all European tribes.  The Sicambrian ancestors of the Merovingians then crossed the Rhine and moved en masse into Gaul, establishing themselves in what is now Belgium and northern France, in the vicinity of the Ardennes.  A century later this region came to be called the Kingdom of Austrasie.           

For centuries the Sicambrians had maintained close contact with the Romans; and though they were pagans, they were not savages.  Pagan, after all, implies a worship or profound respect for nature -- i.e. a modern day environmentalist.  The environmentally aware Sicambrians were relatively cultured and their society conformed closely to the model of the old Roman empire.   

The first known King was Merovee I, who was apparently alive in 417 AD, fought under the Romans, and died in 438.  In 448, his son, bearing his father's name, was proclaimed king of the Franks at Tournai and reigned until his death ten years later.  He may have been the first official king of the Franks as a united people, and apparently initiated the Merovingian Dynasty -- a dynasty we might recall which traced its origins back to Spartans and Benjamites, The Twelfth Tribe of Israel (and thus to the House of David).           

Sons of the Merovingian blood were not "created" kings.  Instead, they were automatically regarded as such on the advent of their twelfth birthday.  There was no public ceremony of anointment, no coronation of any sort.  Power was simply assumed, as if by sacred right.  But while the king was supreme authority in the realm, he was never obliged -- or even expected -- to sully his hands with the mundane business of governing.  He was essentially a ritualized figure, a priest king, and his role was not necessarily to do anything, but simply to be.  The king ruled, in short, but did not govern.  Instead, the government and administration were left to a nonroyal official, the "Mayor of the Palace".  In fact, the structure of the Merovingian regime had many things in common with modern constitutional monarchies.  

[There are, of course, a few modern day monarchies who would gladly claim that they were descendants of the Merovingians, and thus the Spartans, Benjamites, and Davidites.  Anything to justify their desired exalted status among the common folk.  Unfortunately for them, what with all the fooling around between royalists and commoners, with roughly 60 generations to do all that begetting, and the fact that royalty probably lived longer on average than commoners, it is likely that virtually every Caucasian on the planet (and quite a few others) is descended from King David!]  


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*This very abbreviated historical perspective is taken from numerous sources, including specifically the excellent book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln [Dell Publishing, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1983].



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