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1. This reliquary of St. Fiacre (~600-670) caught my attention because of the deliberate finger position.

Fiacre was likely born in Ireland and then moved to France where he successfully propositioned Burgundofaro to help him establish a monastery in Breuil, France. Image
2. St Faro, Burgundofaro (translated “he who moves the Burgundians”) was the son of Chagnoric who was the Chancellor to the last powerful Merovingian king Dagobert I. He gave up the toils of aristocratic life to help establish the cult of St. Fiacre on his remote family land. Image
3. Fiacre is the patron Saint of Hemorrhoids, Venereal Disease, & herbalism etc. Members of St. Fiacre’s cult include Vincent de Paul & Anne of Austria.

Anne is flashing a gang sign & is the mother of Louis XIV, the “sun king.” This was enough for me to dig deeper. Lets dig in! Image
4. The first thing I found odd was why were Christian Missionaries coming from Britain and Ireland.

Linked we see the Hiberno-Scottish Mission was designed to establish Monasteries (some of which were like small fortresses; rebuilt on old Roman sites.) Image
5. We often hear about the Anglo Saxon invasion; why are the Jutes always left out?

Phonetically inclined readers may deduce the origin of the forgotten “Jutes” this audible clue can perhaps determine the origins of the Hiberno-Scottish Mission. Say “Hiberno” & “Jutes” out loud. Image
6. St. Columbanus instituted an abusive regiment of malnourishment, malnutrition, indoctrination, beatings. and social pressure. I wonder if Columbanus endured these depravities himself or if he was simply directing them.

Columbanus is often depicted amidst wolves or with a sun. Image
7. Consider the extreme remote location of the Iona Monestary of St. Columbus south of the Sea of “Hebrides.”

Were these early mind-control centers or early black ops locations? The monasteries also create a divide between those “closer to” God and those less connected. 🤔 Image
8. This fortress / monestary connection is important as many Bishops & church hierarchy were former Roman noble families that had escaped the collapsing Roman Empire.

Are these folks trying to perhaps secretly re-establish a Roman Empire in Western Europe? We shall see... Image
9. I was curious enough to audit a semester at Yale on the collapse of Rome 284-1000ad. (You can take the class for free too, marginally recommended.)

In my opinion the class was limited by the Professor’s authoritarian bias & his politically motivated perspective; it was ok.
10. Professor Paul Friedman teaches that the Church played an important role in maintaining many Roman traditions like the Latin language.

An alternative hypothesis is they were preserving a parasitic social system where a protected hereditary aristocracy exploits everyone else.
11. Under Diocletian’s rule in the 3rd century the Roman Empire had expanded all the way to Britain & Northern Europe with structures like Hadrians Wall & continental forts like Trier, but the empire was too extended so the Tetrachy was designed for better administration. Image
12. However under Constantine the Romans still dominated the entire Mediterranean Sea as well as exerted enough control over Britain to gather an army to attack Gaul in 306.

Roman presence in Northern Europe and England was well established starting in the 1st century ad.
13. Constantine ruled the Eastern Empire from Byzantium. After reportedly seeing a vision of a Chi Rho in the sky, he promised to convert to Christianity if he won his upcoming battle; how pious & sincere!

He won & continued to use Christianity to advance his personal ambitions. Image
14. Coins from early in Constantine’s reign have his image on one side and the invincible sun god on the other. Towards the end of his life the coins feature the cross.

It seems likely Constantine used Christianity because it was advantageous to his empire building. Image
15. It is worth noting that both Diocletion and Constantine likely worshiped Apollo the Sun God, much like Louis XIV. It is also interesting the St. Columbanus is often associated with the sun.

Is this consistent with Christianity or more indicative or ancient practices? 🤔 Image
16. By 390 most of Rome was Christian. The few holdouts were the military, the aristocrats, and some rural farmers. However during the early Christian era there was considerable division within Christianity. There were Trinitarians, Arians, Manichaens, Donatists and others. Image
17. At this point Christianty was too big to outlaw. So perhaps the most effective way to deal with it was to direct it? Authoritarians dislike decentralization so they wanted a church that was hierarchical, hereditary, static, & easily leveraged by controlling a few key figures.
18. Donatists were an obstacle to social architects looking to subjugate large populations

The Donatists did not believe that affiliation with a church gave a person any connection to God by default. They preferred a decentralized church & questioned “the Office” vs “the man.”
19. Constantine wanted a powerful church so in 325 he convened the Council of Nicaea to outline, systematize, and formalize the Church. Despite his lack of religious authenticity, Constantine participated in an early merger of Church and State power and push towards uniformity.
20. Like many authoritarians, St. Augustine was also in favor of easily controllable church. His works Confessions and City of God served to unify the Chruch against the Donatists and laid the foundation for Calvin, Luther, and other proponents of church reorganization. Image
21. Augustine and his mother, Monica, were sainted. Augustine’s writing expresses some Platonist and neo-Platonist ideals about a heirarchy of good rather that a dichotomy of good and evil. Sin in his mind, is not pursuing the most good. A proto-Machiavellian thinker.
22. Upon introspection Augustine’s contributions seem to be more about population control than divinity. He was born in Carthage of Roman descent and was a Manichaen before turning his attention to Neo-Platonist philosophy. (Plato wanted the State run like a plantation.) Image
23. Another early proponent of a large orthodox church was Arch Bishop of Alexandria Althanathius. He is likely in several gangs judging by his hand signs.

Does anyone know what the sign of three fingers out with the ring finger tucked in? I have seen people flashing this sign. Image
24. When looking at the diverse tribes which were collectively (but independently) responsible for Rome’s fall, from an administrative perspective unifying the various tribes would be advantageous.

Could forms of religious orthodoxy have been used as an admistrative tool?
25. Interestingly we see that the predominant form of Christanity practiced by the Germanic tribes was Arian (derived from Arius a philosopher/theologian, not the same as Aryan) which was outlawed around 381 after the earlier rulings at the Council of Nicaea & Constantinople.
26. The historian Tacitus describes the Germans as lazy, drunk and child-like in their quarreling. However in contrast to the Romans he refers to the Germans as brave, hetero-sexual, people who treat women well and have close ties from kinships which loosely extend to clans.
27. Theodosius was hamstrung fighting Civil Wars and failed at expelling the Barbarian hordes invading Rome. The expansive territory of the Empire coupled with its dwindling coffers, rendered Theodosius the last emperor to preside over both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire.
28. Theodosius appointed Flavius Richomeres (king of the Scambrian Franks) Master of the Eastern Militia in 383 and Consul of Rome 384.

Richomeres was considered the “Caesar of the East.” His descendants become part of the Merovingian dynasty and many other royal bloodlines. Image
29. The Roman Empire was too big to maintain and had too many opportunistic enemies.

The Anglos Saxons & Jutes invaded around 440, a few decades later the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Arabs invaded the land routes while the Vandals of Carthage joined the plunder with their navy. Image
30. Rome fell in 486, but it was a gradual collapse & most wealthy elites likely left long before the death blow. Some went & bolstered the Western part of the Empire in Byzantium while others escaped to Carthage, Ravenna, the Middle East or Roman settlements in Western Europe.
31. The Romans who were in Britain, on the fringe of the Western Empire, retreated across the English Channel to Gaul (France.)

Some of these Romans who survived aligned themselves with various tribes in region or established small Roman subgroups. Image
32. Certain tribes were more habituated to Roman ways of life than others. The Frankish tribes (Sea Franks, River Franks, Burgundians) had collaborated with the Romans on occasion and some Frankish leaders had Roman heritage while others traced their roots back to Troy. Image
33. In 506 The Franks, led by Clovis, gained a stronger connection to the fallen Empire of Rome when they expelled the Visigoths to the Iberian Peninsula.

Clovis pledged a vapid allegiance to the distant Constantinople and was acknowledged with the title of Council.
34. The Merovengian Dynasty can be traced back to Flavius Richomere & is also believed to be descended from the semi-mythical King Merovech. This superstitious family, known as the Long Haired Kings believed their long hair & beards imbued them with supernatural powers. Image
35. Much like Constantine, Clovis likely murdered many of his family members. Clovis then reaches out to extended family claiming loneliness because he has no close family left; however, this ploy was also likely just a deception to kill more close relatives in pursuit of power.
36. Similarly Constantine & Clovis both negotiated their new found Christian faith on the contingency of their military victories. In Clovis’ case the conversion was particularly helpful in forging a bond with the church hierarchy in Rome; most other tribes were Arians or pagans.
37. Affirming the connection between the Merovingian dynasty & the Eastern Roman Empire, in 1653 King Childerich’s tomb was discovered with an amazing wealth of treasure including ornamental bees / cicadas, a crystal globe, Byzantine coins, & coins with his long-haired likeness. Image
38. The Merovingian dynasty essentially lost its real power after the death of King Dagobert.

This brings us back full circle to Fiacre and Burgundfaro.

Remember Burgundfaro’s father, Chagnoric, was the “Chanceler” of the Franks during Dagobert’s youthful kingship. Image
39. While Chagnoric was actively ruling much of the kingdom, the young King Dagobert was being raised by Arnoulf Bishop of Metz & Pepin of Landen, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia.This is important as Arnoulf’s, son Ansegisal married Pepin’ daughter, Begga who birthed Pepin II.
40. Ansegisal’s marriage to Begga (Beggue) of Austrasia is important as it merged two dynastic families the Pippins and the Arnoulfings marking the start of the Carolingian dynasty. Image
41. Pepin II is the father of Charles Martel. Charles Martel (aka Charles the Hammer) is the father of Pepin III. Pepin III married Bertha Broadfoot Queen of the Laon Franks, the marriage produced Charlesmagne the most famous of the Carolingians. Image
42. From this point onward the French nobility (Bishops, chancellors, Mayors of Palaces etc.) started rivaling the authority of the Merovingian kings.

During Dagobert’s childhood, Arnoulf and the nobles are likely responsible for the murders of multiple Merovingians. Image
43. Queen Brunhilda (wife of King Sigebert) was of Visigothic desecent likely from Toledo Spain. She was born Arian but converted to Calcedonian Christianity in Metz. She acted as powerful ruler of France during long periods when Merovingian Kings were too young to rule.
44. Sigiberts brother, Chilperic also married a Visigothic princess, Brunhilda’s sister, Galswintha. Chilperic soon grew tired of his new wife and conspired with his mistress, Fredegund, to kill her. Galswintha’s murder set off an internal French feud.
45. Brunhilda was suspicious of her many rivals including dukes, mayors, and Bishops (like Columbanus, who she banished to Italy.) Brunhilda was a tough woman who survived decades of a dangerous life, she was eventually killed by Arnoulf, Pepin of Landon & Fredegund’s son.
46. In a twist of gruesome irony after Brunhilda’s body was torn apart, the various tribes of Gaul were unified as a singular France (more taxable and less autonomous). The Scalian Franks, Riperian Franks, and the Burgundians were now all under the same umbrella of control.
47. Bishop Arnoulf of Metz is a particularly fascinating character as he played an intstrumental role in both weakening of the Merovingian Kings and creating the Carolingian dynasty (as well as several Iberian kings.) His wife’s name was likely Doda. Image
48. Arnoulf is likely the Son of Bogdiesel and Oda and likely was married to Doda.

Aside: when I was traced back the geneaologies of the earliest Spanish expeditions to the new world, some of the explorers traced back through the kings & queens of Spain back to Arnoulf.
49. Arnoulf’s lineage is not 100% confirmed but he is likely the son of Oda de Savoy (Swabia) and Bodegisel II, a Roman soldier who died in Carthage.

We see a clear connection to the Roman Empire as well as potential connection here to early hotbeds of Eastern mysticsm. Image
50. As we trace Bodegisel’s lineage back we encounter many connections with the Roman nobility. Bodegisel’s grandfather is Munderic of Vitry, “the pretender of Austrasia”. Munderic’s wife was Arthenia daughter of Florentius, a Roman Senator, and Artemia. Image
51. Artemia is the daughter of Rusticus of Lyon (445-501) & niece of Bishop Viventiolus. Rusticus’ father, Aquilinus, served under Apollinarius, the Vicar of Gaul.

Apollonarius son Sidonias married Papianilla the daughter of Eparchius Avitas Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
52. Like his close friend Sidonias Apollinaris, Aquilinus was also the son of a Vicar of Gaul. Aquilinaris grandfather was Decimus Rusticus, (Pretorian guard of Gaul.) Aquilinus mother Tullia was a Roman noble, the child of St. Eucherius of Trier & Roman noble, Gallia.
53. Bishop Eucherius was influenced by Eastern Mysticism as well as John Cassian “a Dessert Father” (who founded an Egyptian style monastery near Marsailles), John Chrysostom (Bishop of Constantinople) and Saint Peter (aka Simon.) Image
54. In addition to the Eastern Mysticism of Orpheus, Mithras, Cybele, and Isis brought to Gaul in the 4th century the Imperial Cult of Rome had already spread throughout the former Empire. Image
55. This thread is intended to provide a broader framework for understanding the rise of Charlesmagne. Please add links and info.
@ BullFrogJim just pointed me to this interesting info on the Merovingians.

Also if anyone has good info about the 2-fingered handsign please post it. Image
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