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Christianity’s Criminal History, 150

  For the context of these translations click here The Ascension of the Carolingians   ‘…with the help of Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords.’ – Chronicle of Fredegar ‘Soon the Franks attacked with ships and darts, riddled them in the waters and killed them. Thus the Franks finally triumphed over their enemies…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 149

– For the context of these translations click here –   From the 4th century the bishops also exercised public law functions, and in late antiquity they became ‘lords of the civitas’ (cities), and the foundations of monasteries, increasingly frequent in their cities, further increased their power. The high clergy steadily seized all possible powers.…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 148

– For the context of these translations click here –   St. Gregory of Tours (Louvre) When we read the History of the Franks, as amorphous as it is detailed, by Gregory of Tours, which is the main source of that period, we are surprised that the same head in which such a grotesque belief…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 147

– For the context of these translations click here –   Ignorant, criminal on a grand scale and a good Catholic It is true that we cannot judge that epoch, an epoch of ignorant, superstitious, fallacious and bloody people, with our modern—oh so ethical—modern standards: we must not act anachronistically against history! But can we…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 146

  The Church in the Merovingian Period ‘The Frankish reign of the Merovingians… was an age bathed in blood and murder, full of the most dreadful tragedies, at the same time replete with believing zeal and holiness’. —Franz Zach, Catholic ‘No one in history ever founded so many monasteries again…’ —P. Lasko ‘… a bloody…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 145

– For the context of these translations click here –   Mission and slaughter Under Dagobert I, whose chief advisors included Arnulf, bishop of Metz, and Kunibert, bishop of Cologne, the paganism on the left bank of the Rhine was increasingly combated, and all the Jews in the kingdom were forcibly baptised.   ______ 卐…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 144

  The fall of Brunhilda and the first peak in the Christianisation of the idea of kingship (Left, pen drawing from the earliest manuscript of the Chronicle of Fredegar which is believed to depict Eusebius and Jerome, 715 AD.) On the death of Childebert II, he was succeeded by his two sons: Theudebert II (595-612)…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 143

  Brunhilda, Chlothar II and Dagobert I or ‘the Christianisation of the idea of king’. ‘… a wild political animal’. —J. Richards referring to Brunhilda. ‘Precisely under this sovereign, as can be clearly demonstrated, the Christianisation of the idea of the king reached one of its first peaks’. —H.H. Anton, concerning Chlothar II. ‘… God…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 142

– For the context of these translations click here –   Catholic Church historians of the 20th century celebrate Pope Gregory as ‘one of the most important pastors among the popes’ (Baus), as ‘one of the most remarkable and cleanest figures on the chair of Peter’ (Seppelt/Schwaiger) and have long seen him occupying a ‘place…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 141

– For the context of these translations click here –   Pope Gregory’s books The triumphs of the abstruse, not to say of foolishness, in no less than thirty-five books, which the author himself described as libri morales and that in the Middle Ages, to which they served as a compendium of morals, were called…

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