Wayne argues that the former prince consort of the Netherlands, Prince Bernhard, a co-founder of the Bilderberg Group, confessed to believing himself a member of Rex Deus. I can find no evidence of this, but it is a popular conspiracy theory among the Merovingian revanchists who have an entire pseudo-history of Europe called the “Black Nobility.” These conspiracy theorists argue that Bernhard, who died in 2004, had veto power over the College of Cardinals by dint of being a Habsburg-Merovingian hybrid and a lineal descendant of the last Roman emperor. (No, this makes no sense since the Roman imperium, in its Roman and Holy Roman forms, was elective rather than hereditary, but who’s counting?)
The actual Black Nobility were the aristocracy of Rome who sided with the clergy during the unification of Italy in 1870, and mourned the pope’s loss of sovereignty (thus, in mourning, were “black”). They retained their noble rank after unification and were given Vatican citizenship after the Lateran Treaty of 1929. But for conspiracy theorists, the Black Nobility are group of Venetian and Roman bankers who are in league with fake Canaanite pseudo-Jews to manipulate the world currency system. (Real Jews, of course, became good Christians.) None of the facts behind these conspiracies check out, but none of that matters because these conspiracies have become an element of faith among a certain species of conspiratorial Christian.
Wayne, however, managed to offer one interesting piece of information I did not know. He linked the Holy Bloodline conspiracy to a book produced by Louis Martin, a French socialist politician, in 1886, as part of the French atheist movement of the Belle Époque. This volume was called Les Évangiles sans Dieu (“The Gospels without God”), also published in his 1887 book Essai sur la vie de Jésus, but I have been unable to obtain a copy of the book to read it. I know it must contain some reference to the Holy Bloodline conspiracy since later accounts of the book state as much. Here is one by Maurice Vernes from 1888 in the Revue philosophique, vol. 25, in my translation:
Louis Martin’s thesis is certainly strange. […] At the root of this pretentious and bombastic essay, there is no specific knowledge of the texts or questions related to the beginnings of Christianity. It reads, in fact, as an exegetical discussion of assertions such as the following: “It is known that God does not exist,” and there is detailed information on the relationship of Christ with Mary Magdalene.
Mr. Martin, who presents himself as a free thinker and a man of science and progress, cannot distinguish between facts acquired from history to a greater or lesser extent and legends drawn straight out of the air. Much of this volume is intended to establish that, through the efforts of Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ body was taken to Provence, Mary Magdalene and the family of Lazarus went to stay with these holy relics, and that the former gave birth to a son named Maximin, the fruit of her love for Christ.
But that is not all; because, if by his family, especially his brothers, Jesus enters the human order, he returned there also by the offspring attributed to him, a certain Saint Maximin, the fruit of his love affair with the Magdalene, a version accepted by Lacordaire himself in his beautiful book on Mary Magdalene and recalled recently by Mr. Louis Martin in the Gospels without God, a rigorous historical study, based on real facts, that he just released.