I’m getting a little bored by the ongoing saga of the Oak Island sword and its various problems. If you aren’t following the story, we have now learned that there are even more copies of the same sword, at least one of which, in Spain, is attributed to the Atenaea Workshop of Archaeological Reproductions, a Spanish manufacturer of decorative objects. Atenaea claims that the sword is a reproduction of one in a Neapolitan museum, but there is no specific information about what that original (if it exists) might be.
Yesterday I had a discussion on Facebook with Gary Wayne, the author of Genesis 6 Conspiracy, about his allegation that the so-called Rex Deus families believe in the Holy Bloodline of David and Jesus and are conspiring to manipulate world events out of their belief that they are God’s chosen bloodline. Wayne does not believe in the Holy Bloodline but asserts that European royalty, wealthy Jews, and world leaders do, and act on it. I asked Wayne to provide any evidence that this Rex Deus myth predates the 1990s, and he replied with a mishmash of conspiracy theories drawing on The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and the Priory of Sion, and when I asked follow up questions about why we should believe either to be accurate and true, he offered some factual inaccuracies followed by a dismissive assertion that questioning conspiracy theories is an attack on his Christian faith, concluding with “God bless,” as though it were a substitute for evidence.
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.
I’d like to just give Vernes the win and say that Martin’s text must have been nothing but speculation, but two years later the French architect and rationalist Hippolyte Barnout said the following in discussing the brothers of Jesus in his book The World without God, again in my translation:
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.
I’d very much like to know what Martin’s evidence of this Holy Bloodline was, and I’d be interested to learn whether the writers of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail repurposed any of his book in creating their allegedly original conspiracy theory. According to a full text search of Holy Blood, Martin’s name does not appear. Nevertheless, this looks like another case where a seemingly modern fringe claim is really nothing more than a recycled Victorian one.
1/14/2016 02:11:31 pm
did you track down who Lacordaire was and get access to his book on Mary Magdalene cited in that last paragraph? (at least to see how it confirms or digresses from how Vernes relates the material?)
1/14/2016 02:28:18 pm
Father Lacordaire wrote a life of Mary Magdalene in 1859, but so far as I can tell it doesn't contain any references to a holy bloodline.
1/15/2016 06:38:20 am
Life of Mary Magdalene - by H. Lacordaire
1/14/2016 02:49:30 pm
>>>Louis Martin, a French socialist politician, in 1886<<<
1/14/2016 02:54:58 pm
William E. Phipps, another Roman Catholic clergyman who wanted to get married, wrote "Was Jesus Married? The Distorition of Sexuality in the Christian Tradition" in 1970.
1/14/2016 03:25:36 pm
>>>The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail<<<
1/14/2016 07:50:15 pm
A late friend of mine, who was an alcohol counselor, used to tell me about how one of his clients, the eccentric Worldwide Church of God founder on tv host Herbert W. Armstrong, would go on for hours about Anglo-Israelism during therapy sessions.
1/15/2016 12:20:35 am
Meant "and tv host" not "on tv host."
1/15/2016 08:44:30 am
That's ok, Tony, it's because of all that beer and doobage. All joking aside, if you watch the televangelists as a comedy show, they can be hilarious. I remember watching Jim and Tammy with my buddies while I was serving at Ft. Bragg and whenever she started crying we would all laugh our asses off.
1/16/2016 07:32:12 pm
DaveR -- All those scandals ended a lot of good times. The "religious" scammers are still scamming, but just not in the same goofy/square inadvertently funny way as back then. I can't imagine anyone finding the current oh-so-stern crop ironically entertaining.
1/19/2016 08:32:39 am
Since I haven't had a TV for over a decade I cannot say what the current group is up to, the difficulty is not getting angry over how they go about trying to get people to give them money.
1/14/2016 03:27:48 pm
Here is some more information about the Oak Island sword, apparently from 2005 - the third piece on the list: http://romanofficer.com/roman_amazon_artifacts/RomanAmazonBU081912.html
1/14/2016 03:32:24 pm
More Tombman antics.
1/14/2016 06:57:41 pm
As Sigmund Freud might say, sometimes a Cathar is just a Cathar.
1/14/2016 08:35:13 pm
1/15/2016 12:31:55 am
;-) Btw, I've visited that part of Languedoc a few times (lovely vistas and the locals are very nice -- can't wait to go back), and the actual history of the region much more interesting than this nonsense. But then again, I don't have a silly book to sell.
1/15/2016 06:36:19 am
The current chateau de Montsegur is not the same as the one that was besieged during the crusade against the Csthars in 1244.
1/16/2016 02:20:50 pm
I was a bit disappointed about that when I first visited. But still, a fascinating place.
1/18/2016 04:58:18 am
The entire region is worth visiting and what a sheer waste going there because of the rubbish and for no other reason.
3/29/2019 05:59:30 am
The authors of HBHG did not use Martin as a source. also tracked down and bought a copy of Martins book.
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