G. W. Snyder was a Lutheran minister who wrote a letter to President George Washington in 1978 expressing his concern about the Illuminati in the United States. He included a copy of John Robinson’s Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, published in Philadelphia in 1798 which was in GW’s library at his death. This correspondence was one of many between Snyder and George Washington on the Illuminati.
To George Washington from G. W. Snyder, 22 August 1798 Frederick-Town (Maryland) Augt 22. 1798.
You will, I hope, not think it a Presumption in a Stranger, whose Name, perhaps never reached your Ears, to address himself to you the Commanding General of a great Nation. I am a German, born and liberally educated in the City of Heydelberg in the Palatinate of the Rhine. I came to this Country in 1776, and felt soon after my Arrival a close Attachment to the Liberty for which these confederated States then struggled. The same Attachment still remains not glowing, but burning in my Breast.
At the same Time that I am exulting in the Measures adopted by our Government, I feel myself elevated in the Idea of my adopted Country. I am attached both from the Bent of Education and mature Enquiry and Search to the simple Doctrines of Christianity, which I have the Honor to teach in Public; and I do heartily despise all the Cavils of Infidelity. Our present Time, pregnant with the most shocking Evils and Calamities, threatens Ruin to our Liberty and Government. (more…)
I thank you for your Attention to my request and for the trouble you have taken in writing the Letter & I hope the Post Office will not be robbed by any of the Societies of Illuminati, German Union, United Irishmen & who are said to be so inquisitive in Post offices in America as well as Europe.
I have just finished Professor Robinson’s history of a conspiracy, against all the religions & governments of the world, and have laid it aside to answer your’s of June 2d, received the 9th. I have read this book, my aunt, with attention—have seen societies formed, whose object, under the guise of promoting general good has been to abolish all religions & government. I have seen this & am almost ready to renounce my nature, & quit the name of man. How can I, my Aunt, how can I reconcile myself to live in a world, in which there is so much evil where no evil seen, infested with so many, who can “smile and smile, and still be villains.” (more…)
In this episode of the Gnostic Warrior Radio Show, I interview author and translator Jeva Singh-Anand. Jeva's most recent work involves the translation from German to English of the original Bavarian Illuminati's secret rites and rituals called, "The Secret School of Wisdom - The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati." The rituals that went on to become part of modern day Freemasonry.
The facts are that there are many of the shills and opportunists who are cashing in big time on this 200 year old conspiracy and they are making their living off of the Illuminati lies. Fortunately there are people such as Jeva Singh-Anand and his business associates that are bringing factual evidence and true history to the Illuminati table. (more…)
Apparently Kanye West is a bit tired with ignorant conspiracy theorists labeling musicians "Illuminati Members." In fact, he thinks it's ridiculous and even though I'm no fan of the rapper, I could not agree more.
The 37-year-old rap mogul in a recent interview told Paper magazine; "I heard a comment - a joke - about the TIDAL press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies." (more…)
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii or Idus Martiae) signifies the date of March 15th on which the Pontifex Maximus (Pope) of Rome, Julius Caesar was assassinated at a meeting of the senate in the year 44 BC. His killers had been composed of approximately 60 Roman Senators who had conspired with the leaders of the murder plot, Cassius and Brutus. Caesar was stabbed a total of 23 times, which ultimately led to his death.
The murder of Julius had occurred shortly after the Roman Senate had named Caesar dictator perpetuo ("dictator in perpetuity"). Essentially making him the King (Rex) of Rome. Coins called 'denarius' were minted in his honor, with his likeness on one side, and with an image of the goddess Ceres and Caesar's title of Augur Pontifex Maximus on the reverse. He received these honors in the year 44 BC in the Temple of Venus Genetrix, and rather than rising to meet those who were honoring Julius, he defiantly remained seated. (more…)
Madonna has often been accused of being a member of the Illuminati by conspiracy theorists.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone about her new album, Rebel Heart, she discussed her new Kanye West produced song 'Illuminati' and the accusation of her being a member of this notorious secret society.
Madonna said, "It was a song I'd written back in March or April. People often accuse me of being a member of the Illuminati and I think in today's pop culture the Illuminati is perceived as a group of powerful, successful people who are working behind the scenes to control the universe. Not people with consciousness, not people who are enlightened." (more…)
“No man can give any account of the Order of Freemasonry, of its origin, of its history, of its objects, nor any explanation of its mysteries and symbols, which does not leave the mind in total uncertainty on all these points.” - Adam Weishaupt
The era of the Age of Enlightenment during the 17th and 18th centuries gave rise to numerous cultural and scientific advancements around the world. Reforms in the ways society reasoned, and challenges to tradition and faith, were common practice during these years. Advancements in scientific knowledge also prompted skepticism and encouraged independent thinking. One of the most notable groups to have emerged from this period of Enlightenment, was the Bavarian Illuminati. This organization is believed to have formed as a way to promote questioning of the status quo, and as a way to encourage opposition to intolerance of governmental and religious oppression.
When Was the Illuminati Founded?
Founded on May 1, 1776, the Illuminati formed with a core group of five men as the Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria, in upper Bavaria. The Illuminati, as it has become to be known, had perhaps a unique membership list, as well as an intriguing list of goals that would eventually make both governments and religious orders sit up and take notice, and take drastic measures as a result.
1776 is the same year, the country of America was founded. Is that a coincidence, or part of the Illuminati plan?
Although it wasn't the first group in history to promote what might be considered radical ideas at the time, the Illuminati took shape under the direction of just a small number of individuals.
Who Were Some of the First Members of the Illuminati?
The first membership of the Illuminati included just five men, and perhaps the most notable among them was Adam Weishaupt, who is generally considered to be the founder of the organization. Born February 6, 1748 in Bavaria, Weishaupt began attending a Jesuit school by the age of just seven years, and eventually went on to graduate from the University of Ingolstadt, in 1768 with a Doctorate of Law degree. He used this academic training to become a professor of law, and eventually went on to become a professor of canon law; a highly regarded station, that during this time was reserved only for Jesuits to hold.
It was during this time, that Weishaupt began to formulate his ideas that would eventually align with the original foundation of the ideas behind the Illuminati. Those ideas were increasingly in direct conflict with the ideas purported by the Jesuit teachings, but he went ahead and acted on his beliefs that had been growing within him, and through which could be seen the ideas grown out of the period of Enlightenment.
Weishaupt originally wanted to refer to the organization as the Order of Perfectibilists, and referred to himself as Brother Spartacus. The group of five men, eventually grew to an international group of influential and powerful leaders. Noblemen, the wealthy, the industrial savvy, and even some men with mysterious pasts were all linked to membership within the group. The characteristics of members appear to have included powerful, wealthy, independent thinkers, who were interested in innovation in society, religion, and government. Many of them were disenfranchised with the decisions and actions of religious orders, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, and the governments of Europe that were considered oppressive by many.
The quote below is by Adam Weishaupt (code named Spartacus) - Founder of The Order of the Illuminati on May 1, 1776. Weishaupt was initiated into the Masonic Lodge “Theodor zum guten Rath”, at Munich in 1777.
“In secrecy our strength principally lies. On this account we should always conceal ourselves under the name of some other association. The inferior lodges of Free Masonry are the most convenient cloaks for our grand object, because the world is already familiarized with the idea that nothing of importance, or worthy of attention can spring from Masonry.”
“The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always concealed by another name, and another occupation. None is fitter than the lower degrees of Freemasonry; the public is accustomed to it, expects little from it, and therefore takes little notice of it. Next to this, the form of a learned or literary society is best suited to our purpose, and had Freemasonry not existed, this cover would have been employed; and it may be much more than a cover, it may be a powerful engine in our hands. … A Literary Society is the most proper form for the introduction of our Order into any state where we are yet strangers.”
“No man can give any account of the Order of Freemasonry, of its origin, of its history, of its objects, nor any explanation of its mysteries and symbols, which does not leave the mind in total uncertainty on all these points.” - Adam Weishaupt
How Was the Illuminati Organized?
The members of the Illuminati were divided into three separate groups within the order. These three classes included the Novice, Minerval, and Illuminated Minerval. These were further divided into several Degrees, totaling ten in all, and from which a pyramid hierarchy can be seen. According to some accounts, those ten Degrees were further divided into thirteen Degrees, or internal levels.
The Novice Members
If you've ever heard of a fraternity soliciting members, this might be the closest comparison to entering the Order of the Illuminati. The newest members were attracted through the premises put forth by the order – i.e. personal betterment and attainment of wisdom. Those who were approached to join this very elite society were not told the full details of the Order, and they were not told who else might be members of the group (especially member of a higher Degree). The superiors who overlooked their recruits would determine when it was time for the Novice to be promoted to the next level – Minerval.
The Minerval Members
Stemming from the name Minerva, a Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, and music among other things; this second class of the Order of the Illuminati was symbolized by the Owl of Wisdom, just as the goddess Minerva was often depicted with such a symbol. This Owl of Wisdom can still be seen within the symbols of many modern organizations. The members of the Minerval class were able to meet some of the higher ranking members of the group. They were also indoctrinated into more of the core beliefs about humanity, government, and society.
The Illuminated Minerval Members
The achievement of reaching the highest level of the Order, the Illuminated Minerval class, did not happen easily. To reach this highest class, members had to commit to perfecting specific projects or professions, and they had to lead those in the Minveral class as well. Members were to constantly seek ways to learn more about human nature, scientific advancements, and to find freedom from political restraints. They were expected to live in such a way that would contribute to the overall goals of the organization.
As the Order grew, the classes eventually changed to some extents. Instead of Novice, the first was called Nursery, which included several smaller subgroups or Degrees. The second level was still known as Minerval, but this was subdivided into five other Degrees. The third and highest level known as the Mysteries, was divided into four subcategories.
The Order of the Illuminati and the Freemasons
If you've heard of the Illuminati, chances are you might have heard of Freemasonry. The debates continue as to just how closely tied, if at all, these two separate organizations were. It has long been reasoned that the ties between the two organizations, the Freemasons and the Illuminati, do exist and are perhaps quite strong. Many of the original Illuminati members came from Freemason or Masonic Lodges, and many of the premises for the Order of the Illuminati, mirror portions of the foundations of the Freemason movement.
Freemasonry developed several hundred years prior to the establishment of the Illuminati, but many of the ideals and goals of the groups overlapped, if not coincided with each other’s. Betterment of humanity and increased pursuits of wisdom and advancement were both embraced by the Freemasons and the Illuminati.
After just a year as a formal, yet somewhat secretive, group, Weishaupt formally joined the Masonic Lodge of Theodore of Good Counsel in Munich a year after he formed the Illuminati. Here he promoted his ideas, which were not always welcomed by those at the Masonic Lodge, but that he attempted to meld together into a more singular agenda. This merging of ideas and ideals seemed even more likely when Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge joined the Order of the Illuminati. Knigge already had Masonic ties, and he was the one responsible for reorganizing the Illuminati’s three-tiered hierarchy. The influence of Knigge is often looked at as the tie that bound the two societies together.
What Were the Goals of the Illuminati?
There were several goals of the Order of the Illuminate that all seem to reflect to some degree the ideas that were born from the Age of Enlightenment. These goals are 'alleged' to have included:
• Eliminating the influence and control that the Roman Catholic Church appeared to have over governmental decisions
• Ending prejudice, including efforts to accept women’s intellectual capabilities and other abilities on a more equal scale
• Pursuing independent scientific exploration not reliant on government or religious guidance
• Allowing for philosophical freedom in the pursuit of richer human nature
Because the Illuminati has a past of secrecy, there are no real public pronouncements about a formal agenda that was publicized.
What Happened to the Illuminati?
You very well may have heard of the Order of the Illuminati in modern media, pop culture, discussions, and even in connections with current fraternal organizations. However, the formal and original Illuminati order was actually quite short-lived. In 1784 the Bavarian government, along with pressure from Catholic leadership, outlawed secret societies such as the Illuminati. Such organizations were threats to government control and it appears that documents found that challenged the agenda of the government were extremely threatening, if only in the way of proposing change.
Weishaupt, in response to the government’s position against what was deemed his secret society, also lost his position at the University of Ingolstadt. He fled Bavaria in attempts to be safe from possible persecution and prosecution for his activities in the Order of the Illuminati. The other members of the group appear to have dispersed as well, each moving on to separate and somewhat distinct pursuits.
Where Is the Illuminati Now?
Even though the formal Order of the Illuminati lasted less than ten years, a relatively miniscule amount of time in the picture of history, the lasting influence has been extraordinary. While the original disbanding occurred because the Illuminati was essentially outlawed, the seeds of the ideas appear to have been planted.
It is widely considered a strong possibility that the relationship Weishaupt created between the Order of Illuminati and the Freemasons laid the foundation for a connection to ever remain. In fact, some feel that the founding fathers of America were Freemasons who strongly aligned with much of the Illuminati doctrine. Some of the more extreme arguments even say that the Illuminati, through the Freemasons, was responsible in part for the French Revolution.
Today the term Illuminati often refers to a number of secret society organizations who claim to have ties to the original Bavarian Illuminati. However, no clear and distinct ties can be found that directly tie modern groups to the original Order of the Illuminati.
I will end this article with a quote from 33rd Degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall: Secret societies have existed among all peoples, savage and civilized, since the beginning of recorded history…It is beyond question that the secret societies of all ages have exercised a considerable degree of political influence…
In this video interview, the rapper and actor, Ice Cube said, "I ain't really down with secret societies. All this secret shit has got the world fucked up;" and he adds, "all secret societies are up to no good."
Can you get as big as Ice Cube without being part of the 'show', or can someone like him pave his own path by free will on talent alone without the help of Big Brother? What do you think?
"If one knows beyond any doubt that one is of the Dragon Blood, then the doors to the infinite can be opened wide. The planet needs its Elves and Fairies back, so the saying goes. It needs the people for whom order and empathy come instinctively and whose love of the natural world comes before all else and arises spontaneously from the depths of their eternal souls. Above all the planet needs its Firstborn Dragons to know who they are themselves." -- Nicholas de Vere
Our Beloved Sovereign
Prince Nicholas de Vere
His Royal Highness 'NicK' De Vere
"My Kingdom is not of this World!" -- HRH Nicholas de Vere
In Loving Memory of Nicholas de Vere:
May you pass fearlessly through the Gate of the Unknown to the other side
To the Outer Regions of Inner Space, which is called All of Existence
Outside the limited local awareness of Consensus Reality
For to doubt and inquire beyond the accepted answers
Leads to liberation in the unknown country of Self, the wilderness of Spirit
And the revelation of the 'Mystery of Mysteries'
The realization of the Holy Graal of Immortality
We are All of Existence
We are the symbol for that which is beyond
The portal between Ultimate Reality and the manifestation
Of that Absolute into material duality
We therefore have no fear to declare the knowledge of the True Self
As the Highest Knowable Truth, the true Will from Within
Which goes forever onward into the Unknown, and which enters every Gate
Ever seeking the Secret Center of the Eternal!
We Dare to Dance across all boundaries and through all gateways
To forge the forbidden and the unknown into a New Reality
Coming forth by day and by night
As WorldBridgers to witness the Revelations of the
New Realm that has been rediscovered
Always in the Light of Love and Truth
-- Unknown Author
"First amongst all of Arcadia is the Patriarch, for he is the incarnation of all of our blood. Though we may live without him living amongst us, it is our duty to prepare for him that he shall meet her who will set him free from his curse and save us.
Know the Patriarch by his blood mark. He above all is the oldest of the Merovingians, and will display many talents and dispensations, and know things to mastery which have not been taught to him. And he is darkest of us with great despair and melancholia. And he, being pure of the bloodline, has the blood of all Arcadians running through his veins. And through his blood we can live again, as he can impart our ancestry unto us through the blood rite.
His talents and dispositions are greatest. His sorrow and sadness is greatest. His despair and melancholia is greatest. His love and devotion to the bloodline and its peoples is greatest.
He may go anywhere in the world openly and live, but he lives the life of the dead, for he has never been loved. But by his knowledge and wisdom and talents he can be many people, yet always true to himself. For he remembers all aspects of lives past and needs no education or credential to be able to work and live.
He is the sacrificer of his own happiness for that of others of the bloodline.
His appearance is that of a man out of time, as is his disposition, for he is capturing the time previous to his present life, for that is his instinct. And as he is of all time, this be how he shows his true nature." -- The Book of the Holy Grail (Contributed by Ian von Rosenbach)
Who was Nicholas de Vere?
Nic with Lila's son, Fall 2012, Wales
A Short Biography
In the first few years of his life, Nicholas de Vere was raised in the Hertfordshire countryside. At the age of seven, Nicholas' family moved to the remote outskirts of the Kittenish village of Kemsing, and then later to isolated rural settings in Devon and Sussex. Nicholas' parents sought to protect Nicholas from the mediocrity and banality of most of society by retreating with him to the sanctuary of the English countryside. Nicholas' father was a skilled backwoodsman and during these formative years Nicholas was instilled with country knowledge, as well as a deep respect for the natural world and its delicate ecosystems .
As he was growing up, Nicholas' father taught him of the family's royal Scottish origins and of its involvement with royal witchcraft within the dragon tradition, which had been passed down to Nicholas' father by his own parents. Nicholas' father was gifted with the "king's touch." His paternal grandmother - a Scottish Gael - was a skilled seer, and his maternal grandmother had spent years as a student of mediumship.
Both of Nicholas' parents were deeply committed to his broader education, and fostered in him at an early age a love of Homer, the Sagas, classical history and mythology. Nicholas' father was an ardent admirer of the work of Omar Khayyam. Consequently Nicholas grew and developed in isolation, detached from the vacuity of human culture, enveloped in a world of intellectualism, magic, mysticism and imagination.
Illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: "Earth could not answer; nor the Seas that mourn".
Nicholas was raised by his father to highly honor the female and, as a result of his father's teaching, he discovered that the greatest spiritual expression of human relationship is seraphic in nature: the union of the divinity within the male and female.
At the age of twelve, Nicholas was magically dedicated to the dragon tradition formally, and at the age of thirteen he first enacted the rite known as "Starfire". Following this period his mother obtained for him works by Aliester Crowley, and he studied the principals of the Black Arts in earnest, gaining a considerable degree of competence in ritual magic. At the age of fifteen Nicholas underwent the ancient rite of kingship which, in accordance with archaic Gaelic tradition, bestows the mantle of sovereignty arising from the very Earth itself.
By the 1980's, Nicholas had become intimately conversant with a broad spectrum of magical traditions, and political perspectives. During this period he met and rejected numerous proponents of the Wiccan and New Age movements, considering them to be uninformed, self-deluding and magically incompetent.
On Midsummer's night, 1985 Nicholas' skill in and knowledge of magic was acknowledged. His family's hereditary involvement in royal witchcraft and the Dragon tradition was recognized by the Black Country Covenant of the Baphometic Order of the Cubic Stone.
He was bestowed with the highest accolade of the covenant: that of Magister Templi. The Order traced its origins back to the Knights Templars and Nicholas was able to use his investiture as an invocational key in the pursuit of deeper, unwritten knowledge. In 1991 Nicholas was invested as a gartered and anointed knight of the Plantagenet Clan Donnachaid by Lord Lir of Orkney, the head of a cousin branch of the House of Vere.
During the 1990's, Nicholas developed a series of associations with university lecturers and post-graduate scholars. Following the academic exchanges which ensued, Nicholas was encouraged by them to construct the basis for what is now known as The Dragon Legacy. This was further influenced significantly by his experience of seraphism and hierogamy during this period, and by years of commitment to the elven, Dragon tradition - a tradition within which he is recognized as a royal Dragon prince by the House of Vere, and is acknowledged as such by the British Government.
Nicholas de Vere has been the sovereign of the Dragon Court of the Royal House of Vere. As a proponent and scholar of magic he is unrivaled. He is the original magical prince; the rightful king of witches by familial inheritance whose ancient, royal elven blood lineage is unquestionable.
Nicholas had lived reclusively for the most part as a bachelor until the last year or so of his life. He lived with his fiancée Lila and her young son in a quiet village in the Walsh countryside, and aside from his magical pursuits, he had a broad range of secular interests including an eclectic taste in music. He was a renaissance man, a polymath.
Nicholas was deeply concerned about environmental issues and animal welfare, concerns shared by his immediate family and by the House of Vere in general, whose number include skilled and experienced ecologists.
Nicholas had contempt for the blind pursuit of money and power, and valued above all things simplicity and transcendence, which he believed are key to the continued existence of life on Earth in the future.
Ancestry of Merovingian Prince HRH Nicholas De Vere
The Royal House of Vere - the Senior Angevin House of the original 'Princes and Counts of Anjou' - are latterly of Breton and Flemish extraction and the former senior, Hope-Vere of Blackwood, Scottish Branch traditionally observed the Flemish law of Noblesse Uterine, as well as matrilinear and family inheritance, in accordance with noble Scottish family law, which contemporarily and historically supports blood descent.
The Titles of Princeps Draconis and Prince de Vere, currently held by Nicholas de Vere, are acknowledged as foreign titles in confidential files held by the British Government's Department of Internal Affairs: 'The Home Office' and are registered with them as 'Official Observations'. These titles are recognized by the most senior branches of the House of Vere. The right of Fons honorum held by Nicholas de Vere is also acknowledged by Her Majesty's government.
]HRH Nicholas de Vere, though accepting the existence of both with some considerable qualification; does not claim to be either a member of the contemporary British royal household or of its peerage in any sense, and does not claim any status or rank suggestive of such or appertaining thereunto. The Vere princedoms are not modern, socially derived titles; either assumed or bestowed, for or by, political expediency.
The princedoms of Vere are ancient cultural manifestations of genetic qualities carried in the historical Elven Blood Royal. Established in Angiers in 740 A.D. as a Royal House arising from far older sacral-regal, Pictish, Scythian Vere origins rooted in antiquity, the House of Vere is recorded in a single name and in an unbroken line for over one thousand three hundred years, and consequently is one of the oldest surviving royal dynasties in Europe.
The relationship between the Prince Mhaior - The Archduke of Argentina - who, by Normanised descent, is the Head of the Irish House of Vere and Nicholas de Vere; who - by Gaelic blood descent - is also Chief of the Tyrone Kildress Branch is that of 4th and 14th cousins. Both share various identical genes. Found in only 3% and 6% of the clinical samples tested in Britain, Nicholas de Vere and the Head of the House in Eire share two sets of rare genes each. The Prince Mhaior is of Royal Collison extraction and Nicholas de Vere has an extra set of these genes from the matrilinear descent which also supports the Royal Collison descent from Norfolk in his own lineage and echoes the selective and exclusive royal and noble marital alliances which have continued throughout the history of the House of Vere.
The House of Weir and Vere commissioned genetic tests to be undertaken to confirm the precise degree of relationship between their respective lines and in order to clarify any anomalies in genealogy that inevitably creep into the records as the mists of time occlude the past. This was achieved successfully and some records were amended to reflect genetic findings both in Nicholas' lineage and that of another of his Vere cousins in Ireland, confirming that Nicholas' descent is one of the senior bloodlines of the House of Vere.
However, the genetic makeup of the House of Vere manifesting generation after generation proved to be so unusual that, beyond the remit of the original commission by the family, the Department of Haemogenetics at London University took the Veres' on as a special study case. At this particular stage of the research a Conference Presentation Document has been submitted prior to the delivery of a Medical Paper at a forthcoming Genetics Symposium in the United States, by an eminent professor in the department who is an internationally recognized pioneer in genetics. Further racial and mitochondrial studies on the Vere family are planned by the department.
On his Passport, Nicholas is also known as H.H. Nicholas The Prince,
Furst De Vere Von Drakenberg (H.E. Nicholas De Vere KGC., KCD.):
The 'von Drakenberg' title printed on back page
De Vere Legacy
House of Vere Crest
"The princedoms of Vere are ancient cultural manifestations of genetic qualities carried in the historical Elven Blood Royal. Established in Angiers in 740 A.D. as a Royal House arising from far older sacral-regal, Pictish, Scythian Vere origins rooted in antiquity, the House of Vere is recorded in a single name and in an unbroken line for over one thousand three hundred years, and consequently is one of the oldest surviving royal dynasties in Europe." -- Dragon Cede, Nicholas de Vere
"Vere-de-Vere stalked into the English vernacular as a playful term meaning the grandest, proudest, most historic, indisputably aristocratic and absolutely creme de la creme of Anglo-'Norman' antiquity. In fiction the expression is used for characters of, or assuming, unquestionable ancient lineage - and with good cause. In the Middle Ages, owing to plagues and battlefield mortality, the average noble dynasty in England lasted not more than three generations. The de Veres, however, managed to maintain a line of twenty earls of Oxford over 561 years*. (*Our note: The senior descents in the male line today reach back One Thousand Three Hundred Years). " -- Verily Anderson, quoted in Dragon Cede, Nicholas de Vere
"House of Vere fielded over twenty prominent earls in an unbroken line over 561 years of British history. The House of Vere was credited with being the senior bloodline of England, both by its contemporaries and by later historians, and the Veres acted for centuries as Great Chamberlains to the various royal dynasties that came and went over time. As Great Chamberlains, they were the closest advisors to the monarchs and were therefore the major influence or power behind the British throne. In all this time the family never considered it expedient to stoop to pick up the Crown."-- Dragon Cede, Nicholas de Vere
House of Anjou Crest
Who exactly were the Merovingians, you may ask, and what is so special about them? They were the first kings of what is now France, the first to unify the kingdom, and the first to preside over the prototype of the Holy Roman Empire. They were granted the title of New Constantine in perpetuity by the Pope, some believe, because the Vatican recognized the descent of the Merovingian bloodline from that of Jesus Christ, who, according to this theory, was the husband of Mary Magdalen, and sired a child through her. Mary and her child later fled to France, were their descendants married into the local Visigoth nobility.
This would explain why the Vatican granted the Merovingians the title New Constantine, in recognition of the descent from the King of Kings himself. It also explains why the Knights Templar wished to take control of Jerusalem – because they considered it their rightful inheritance. Christ, as the biological son of Joseph, was a descendant of King David, and therefore the rightful king of Jerusalem, so his descendants would have been as well. It would also explain why the Templars were called the "Guardians of the Grail", and as many have pointed out, "Holy Grail" comes from the French word "Sangreal", which could just as easily be translated as "royal blood", meaning the bloodline of Christ.