Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 11 Num. 79 ======================================= ("Quid coniuratio est?")
Allegedly, the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in 312 A.D. The Donation of Constantine references, in part, a supposed donation that Constantine gave to the bishop of Rome, who was one of many scattered bishops at that time. The alleged donation supposedly consisted of Constantine's imperial symbols and regalia.
What is known formally as "The Donation of Constantine" is a document describing the above donations of symbols and regalia, and other things as well. But the document, "The Donation of Constantine," is now known to be, without question, a forgery. Who forged it? The papal chancery. 
The document claims that Constantine declared the local bishop of Rome as "Vicar of Christ." It further claims that, as the newly appointed Vicar of Christ, the bishop of Rome returned the imperial regalia to Constantine. According to the concocted document, this set a precedent: the Pope could supposedly create kings.
In 496 A.D., Clovis I was the Merovingian king. He was of a special bloodline going back to Jesus the King, and on back from there to the House of David. The Roman Church at that time was not dominant; it competed with other sects, such as Arianism which denied Jesus' divinity.
King Clovis had several secret meetings with his wife, Queen Clotilde's, confessor, Saint Remy. From these secret meetings emerged a pact between King Clovis and the Roman Church. In return for Clovis being proclaimed "Novus Constantinus" ("New Constantine," emperor of a to-be-created Holy Roman Empire), Clovis would use his armies to crush any sects competing with the Roman Church. "The pact between Clovis and the Roman Church" was "an indissoluble bond" binding the Merovingians and the Roman Church "in perpetuity." 
Dagobert II of the Merovingian line was born in 651 A.D. Upon his accession to the throne, King Dagobert II was lax in serving the wishes of the Roman Church, and "incurred ecclesiastical displeasure."  The Mayor of the Palace was Pepin the Fat. Pepin the Fat aligned himself with Rome and, on December 23, 679 A.D., Dagobert II was assassinated. The Roman Church "promptly endorsed the actions of the king's assassins." 
The successive Mayors of the Palace -- Pepin II, Charles Martel, and Pepin III -- gained increasing power. But Pepin III was not satisfied with just being Mayor, he wanted to be a king. He came to an arrangement with the Pope, and the Pope, by virtue of the spurious document, "Donation of Constantine," proclaimed Pepin III as king. But this was "a brazen betrayal of the pact ratified with Clovis two and a half centuries before."  By what right did the Pope elevate Pepin III to kingship -- supposed to be based on bloodline -- and cause the true king, Childeric III, to be deposed and imprisoned? Why, it was by right of a crucial document "discovered" just the year before: The Donation of Constantine.
---------------------------<< Notes >>---------------------------  Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. ISBN: 0-440-03662-3.
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