Who Was Dagobert II?
By Tracy Twyman
|In the year 469, the Roman Catholic Church made a pact with Clovis I, King of the Franks, bestowing upon him the title “New Constantine”, in exchange for his conversion to the faith. Thus began the Holy Roman Empire, with the promise that the title would be passed down to his descendants from that moment on. In the year 800, that promise was broken.Dagobert II was a French king from the sacred Merovingian bloodline, the last Merovingian to hold the title “Holy Roman Emperor”. The Merovingians were a dynasty of Frankish priest-kings who were believed by their subjects to have magical powers derived from their long red hair. There were rumors of witchcraft, fortune telling and crystal-ball gazing, among others. In fact, portraits of Merovingian kings customarily depict them holding one of these crystal balls in the left hand. Since the time of Clovis I, the Merovingians had presided over the Holy Roman Empire, but by the time Dagobert II was born, the power of the throne had already been weakened, with authority increasingly being usurped by court chancellors known as “Mayors of the Palace”. On the death of his father, the 5-year-old Dagobert was kidnapped by then Palace Mayor Grimoald, who tried to put his own son on the throne. Human compassion saved him from death, and he was exiled to Ireland, only to return years later and reclaim the throne in 679. But the problems of the Mayors of the Palace continued. Three years later, apparently displeased with Dagobert’s lack of allegiance, the Roman church entered into a conspiracy with Mayor Pepin the Fat. On December 23, while on a hunting trip, Dagobert was lanced through the eye by his own godson, supposedly on Pepin’s orders. With Roman endorsement, Pepin passed political power onto his son, Charles Martel, thus starting the Carolingian dynasty that would later become so famous. After that, the Merovingian bloodline faded into obscurity. All subsequent Merovingian kings were essentially powerless, and they were officially thought to have died out with Dagobert’s grandson, Childeric III. 49 years later, Charles Martel’s grandson, Charlemagne was annointed Holy Roman Emperor. The church had finally washed its hands of the Merovingian problem, or so they thought.
And what was the problem, exactly? Well, rumor has it that the Merovingian bloodline was descendant from Jesus, or one of his brothers, who fled Roman persecution at the time of the crucifixion and escaped to France, where they intermarried with French royalty. This claim is made by certain members of modern European nobility, who trace their own ancestry back to Dagobert’s son Sigisbert. According to this claim, the Merovingians knew the truth about Jesus and his actual significance as King of the Jews. They knew the Roman church had stolen their birthright – Jerusalem, co-opted the idea of Jesus and created a fictionalized version of the messiah to further their own agenda – world domination, both secular and spiritual. The Merovingians knew that the fantasy of Christ as a virgin-born diety who suffered willingly for our sins and ascended to heaven was just that – an “opiate of the masses” used by the Romans as an excuse to set themsleves up as the arbiters of God in order to perpetuate their faltering empire. This might have been the whole reason for the pact with Clovis I, to effectively shut him and his family up. And with the death of Dagobert II, they thought they had eradicated this threat for good. They were sorely mistaken.