2005 The Dagobert Line


dagobert The opportunity to share the bloodline came through an accident of fate. In the Frankish empire civil war was endemic. In 679 A.D Dagobert II, a descendant of Clovis,had been in exile in Britain. He was invited to return to the throne but brought back a British Princess as his bride and set about promoting the Celtic version of Christianity in his Frankish kingdom.

During a hunt, Dagobert was attacked and disappeared, presumed murdered. The proponents of the Dagobert line proposed that he escaped to the northern slopes of the Pyrenees where he married again and created a new family. He married the heiress to the Comte de Razes. Dagobert’s new family made available the bloodline of Clovis, the Messanic bloodline, to families outside of the Merovingian royal family .

Eventually, Dagobert’s nephew, Childeric III, was deposed in 751 by Pepin III, who founded Carolingian dynasty, kings of the second race, but not before the Carolingians had married daughters of the later Merovingian Kings and therefore inherited the much prized bloodline themselves.


comtes de razes

Thus Sigisbert, Dagobert’s son found himself as the Comte de Razes, but brought up to believe that he was the rightful king of Austrasia and possibly rightful king of all the Franks. The Razes is a small area southwest of Carcassonne.

The important issue is that the people in the 14th century(and perhaps today) believed in this story of the survival of Dagobert’s descendants and felt that the deposed counts of Razes had a greater claim to the seniority of the Merovingian bloodline than the Carolingian kings of the Franks. For the families who could in this way claim to be decendants from Dagobert, it seemed that they had bypassed the claims of the Carolingians to rule by divine right and acquired a right to rule themselves.

The Popes obviously assumed that the descendants of this marriage were both relevant to considerations of holy blood and threatening. They initially pursued a campaign dedicated to obscuring the memory of Dagobert, because the existing agreement with the Frankish kings was threatened. Initially the proponents of the Dagobert line cared nothing for Giselles’s heritage

The Salic Franks were a patriarchal society, the Messianic bloodline was a patriarchal line. Female succession was discounted. Those whose primary aim was to claim a Frankish throne or perhaps even the title of “King of all Franks’ adhered to that salic tradition.


03-rases-2 We know about the Comtes de Razes from the Razes family themselves. In 850 Sigbert V of Razes, also known as “Prince Ursus” was at the very least involved in or more probably lead a revolt against the Aquitane branch of the Carolingian ruler, Charles III (the Bald}. The revolt failed and Sigbert fled to Brittany, which as a result of the revolt gained a measure of autonomy from the Franks.

It was during this campagne that Sigibert V raised the issue of his parentage. In the salic tradition a direct male descent from Dagobert meant Sigisbert was a member of a more senior Merovingian line than his opponent Charles, or even of his ally Pepin II of Aquitaine. From Brittany Sigibert published his case , which was strong enough for it to destabilise the Carolingian monarchy and led to the introduction of the “kings of the third race”, the Robertians.

As a historical figure Sigisbert V was unimportant but the claims he made about his parentage were not forgotten. He had made the key point that the female descent to the main line of the Carolingians might not be the most senior line!


buillion and geneville The family then moved between England and Normandy and after a second creation of their title in the south changed their name to Joinville. They became administrators to many aristocratic families and became known as historians and geneologists.

They used their opportunities to indulge in shameless self-promotion which emphasized their descent from Dagobert and therefore by implication the Messanic bloodline. The children of the Joinville family became sought after as a means by which the bloodline could be introduced to many aristocratic and royal families.


joinvilles A measure of the success of their promotional activity is that Godfroid de Bouillon a relatively minor aristocrat was chosen by the Pope to lead the first crusade to the Holy Land only because he was part of the Joinville family. Godfroid’s brother Baldwin was crowned king of Jerusalem. This choice was considered so significant in the medieval world that it was the bloodline from Dagobert to Godfroid was christened the Dagobert line.

The Dagobert line continued. There were however very few lines where the patriarchal requirement was met.

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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’

The Prisoner of FoixVol 1 of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

Aquitaine, an English possession, is in crisis. It is under threat from neighbouring nations and internal dissension.

The Black Prince, King Edward III’s eldest son has been given the task of taking command in Aquitaine.

Suddenly there is an opportunity. Ximene Trencavel is the heiress to the lands of Occitan, to the east of Aquitaine: lands controlled by the Franks. Ximene wants independence, both for herself and for Occitan.

A union between Aquitaine and Occitan would be mutually beneficial. The Black Prince undertakes a secret journey to meet Ximene to negotiate a marriage contract. It is, however, a marriage neither of them really wants.

Meanwhile, the  Franks plot to murder Ximene to prevent ,not just the marriage, but any kind of union between England and Occitan.

The Eagle Of CarcassonneVol II of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

The loose alliance between Ximene Trencavel and the Black Prince is under threat.

The Prince invades Occitan, to show his support for Ximene but it becomes an invasion which creates more problems than it solves.

The Prince has fallen hopelessly in love with Joan of Kent and Joan is now determined to marry him and become the next Queen of England.

Joan is therefore  determined to convince Ximene that she should not marry the Prince.

Part of her strategy is to encourage Ximene’s relationship with John Stanley—one of the Princes bodyguards—not an easy task as both John and Ximene have doubts about their compatibility.

However, John is grievously injured in a battle and Ximene commits herself to nurse him back to health.