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Ostrogoth and Visigoth United Royal Successor House, Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel

Successor of the Imperial and Royal Houses of Gothia

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LEGAL SUCCESSORS OF THE BILLUNG ROYAL DYNASTIC HOUSE OF THE GOTHS IN SAXONY, AS THE DUKES AND EMPERORS OF GERMANY (OF THE OSTROGOTHS)

AND

SUCCESSORS OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF GOTHIA IN TOULOUSE LANDS OF SPAIN AND FRANCE (OF THE VISIGOTHS)

AND

THESE TWO LINES, VISIGOTH AND OSTROGOTH WERE UNITED IN OTTO IV, THE DUKE OF BRUNSWICK, WHO WAS CROWNED EMPEROR OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE

AND

THE CONTINUAL PROTECTIONS OF CRIMEAN GOTHIA

Today the most reputed family of successors of the House of the Amalings (leading dynasty of the Goths), the Royal House of the Ostrogoths of Italy, is the Billungs. Their successors, as a fact of history, as documented herein, is the House of Brunswick. The genealogy of the Billung’s successors are found below.

In 1137, control of Saxony passed to the Guelph dynasty, descendants of Wulfhild Billung, eldest daughter of the last Billung Duke, Emperor Lothar III of Supplinburg. Which passed to his Imperial successor Henry the Proud, to Henry the Lion of Brunswick, and his son Emperor Otto IV of Brunswick. Brunswick is Europe’s oldest living Royal (and Imperial) House in international law (though de jure and exiled, Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel is valid in international prescriptive law).

Hermannus Billung of Saxony is a direct male successor of Hengist, Witukind and Gauti.

From the time of Hengist, of Saxony, King of Kent, his son Aesc was King of Kent, and so was his son, Ochta, and his son Eormenric, and his son Saint Ethelbert I, and his son Aethelbert, and his son Eadbald, and his son Eormenred of Saxony all were kings of Kent England. He had a son son Aethelberht who remained a Lord in Saxony, and his son also a Graf in Saxony, was Billung von Wenden, and his son was Aethelbert II Billung of Saxony, and his sons were Bruno I and Amelung I Billung, (whose lines are documented a ways down to the year 1137 when they went extinct and their last female heir married the d’Este-Guelph male heir (of Brunswick). Amelung I fathered Bennid I Billung, who fathered Amelung II Billung, who fathered Amelung III Billung who failed to produce heirs in the 9th century. The line then continued via Bruno, as below, until Henry Leo (the Lion) of Brunswick, and to his son Emperor Otto IV von Brunswick, and the living legal successors today.

The Billung Genealogical charts are below.

GOTHIAN SUCCESSION AND IMPERIAL SUCCESSION

Another item occurred at this time. Not only was the Royal Dynasty of the House of the Goths succeeded by the House of Brunswick in Henry the Lion d’Este-Guelph.

This also marked the birthright time of this house for right as Holy Roman Emperor.

Emperor Lothar III (sometimes called Lothar II) of Supplingenburg granted our then head of the House of (d’Este-Guelph), Henry the Proud the full succession credentials to be the Emperor. Henry’s Imperial rule 1137-38 was “from sea to sea, from Denmark to Sicily”, as his Bishop Otto von Feising had boasted.

Emperor Lothar’s ediction of Henry’s succession also expanded his territories, and it included the transmission of the Imperial insignia (Reichskleinodien).

This succession had for decades been understood, and were terms of the entire rule of Lothar, for support from the several provincial dukes of Saxony. It’s traced that this support even from his election till his death, had only been secured by marriage of the Emperor’s only daughter to Henry’s son. The Emperor Lothar had his only child, Gertrude, married to the son of Henry the Black’s son Henry the Proud. Without this marriage his own Imperial succession would not had been recognized by the numerous Dukes of the domains of Henry.

From long before that time, up until today, the House of Brunswick claims to be de jure Imperial princes of the Holy Roman Empire(incl. beyond German borders), with an equal right to be elected to the throne. However for much of the time this senior house has had wars with the current usurpers, Habsburg who have not done true valid elections, where all princes would have an equal chance to be Emperor. So the senior branch of (Wolfenbuettel)Brunswick refused to be electors, unlike the junior branch of (Hanover)Brunswick. For much of the time till the destructions of Napoleon, the Brunswick’s held title of “Commander-in-Chief” over the entire Empire, a rank higher than the Kaiser in time of war. So in practice still the claim had remained somewhat recognized.

This event marked the transmission of the Imperial mantle from one Saxony duke to the next, Otto IV. Henry the Lion’s son, Otto IV von Brunswick wore the Imperial insignia that was originally given to our house, when he was officially crowned Emperor, and recognized worldwide. There was one condition from the pope, that he would not retake the family’s possessions of Sicily. He broke that promise and for that reason was excommunicated, however the family from that day, till today has never abdicated this right and title of right to be Emperor, nor the titles that are most foundational of the Empire, as Europe’s oldest and most senior living Royal family (in legal international and prescriptive law).

More information on this living house is available from the Priory of Salem, Peace Institute, if you write to the coadjutor at marshalofsalem@yahoo.com

THE LAST VISIGOTHIC PRINCE WHO FUNCTIONALLY USED THE FAMILY TITLE OF GOTHIA,THE TITLE WHICH HE INHERITED FROM HIS FAHTER AND GRANDFATHER, “THE PRINCE OF GOTHIA” RAYMOND IV OF TOULOUSE, WAS A LEADER OF THE FIRST CRUSADE.

What a great legacy the Goths have inherited from Raymond IV, a powerful leader of the First Crusade. 
He was blood successor of the Royal House of Gothia as “Princeps Gothiæ”, and as Count of Toulouse, Duke of Narbonne and Margrave of Provence. However, the title “Prince of Gothia” was held more prominently by his father and grandfather, as well as his great great grandparents for many generations. 

Upon his victory liberating Jerusalem and the Byzantines,
Raymond was offered the crown of the new Kingdom of Jerusalem. However he refused, as he was reluctant to rule in the city in which Jesus had suffered. He said that he shuddered to think of being called “King of Jerusalem”. It is also likely that he wished to continue the siege of Tripoli rather than remain in Jerusalem. However, he was also reluctant to give up the Tower of David in Jerusalem, which he had taken after the fall of the city, and it was only with difficulty that Godfrey of Bouillon was able to take it from him.

Raymond participated in the battle of Ascalon soon after the capture of Jerusalem, during which an invading army from Egypt was defeated. However, Raymond wanted to occupy Ascalon himself rather than give it to Godfrey, and in the resulting dispute Ascalon remained unoccupied. It was not taken by the crusaders until 1153. Godfrey also blamed him for the failure of his army to capture Arsuf. When Raymond went north, in the winter of 1099–1100, his first act was one of hostility against Bohemond, capturing Laodicea from Bohemond, returning it to the Byzantines.

THESE TWO LINES, VISIGOTH AND OSTROGOTH WERE UNITED IN OTTO IV, THE DUKE OF BRUNSWICK, WHO WAS CROWNED EMPEROR OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE

These two lines Visigoth and Ostrogoth were united in Duke Otto IV of Brunswick, who was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire under both the Brunswick and Aquitaine French Coats of Arms through his mother’s side (Matilda). Both sides of her mother’s family held rival claims to succession of the duchy of Toulouse(Gothia). This coat of arms of France and England remains in Brunswick today. For most branches of Brunswick it is used as the oldest version with two lions and sometimes with one lion. Though some branches, including for a time Otto IV used the three lions version.

It should be noted that not only was his mother a rival successor of Toulouse Gothia, but also a successor of the early founder of the House of the Templars (Angevin / Anjou). For a short period Otto IV was heir apparent to the founding house of the Templar, the Angevin (Anjou) Nobility of France. While today none of the French heirs remain known of this family, all except for Brunswick. However the House of Brunswick does but rarely remind France of those rights. One to memory was invoked in the time of the war with Napoleon. However as commander-in-chief of Prussian, Austrian and Brunswick allied armies, there was only offer of assisting the true French King against the violent socialism of the French Revolution. The offer mainly was to protect His Highness from the abuses etc, as any valid and fair sovereign should offer.

This Angevin and Toulouse (Visigothic) Templar came in part through Henry the Lion’s wife Matilda. However much more of it came through Henry’s own succession of the house of the Billungs(Ostrogoths).

As mother of Emperor Otto IV we recognize he, and the rest of his brothers were heirs of Angevin(Anjou), Aquitaine and all of France. Not only this but were the heirs of the Ostrogothic Saxon house of the Billungs.

So this further solidifies the point of the chief Gothian House must be the House of Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel-Oels (d’Este-Guelph).

THE CONTINUAL PROTECTIONS OF CRIMEAN GOTHIA

Arguably one of the oldest, yet one of the most recent in utilizing the title “Prince of Gothia” has been in the Crimea. It should be noted that the Guelphs have long maintained Noble representatives at the court of Gothia at Caffa. This was through the periods Caffa was part of the colonies of Genoa, the Gulephic republic.

The Guelph heraldic cross being a Red Cross on a white background was not only the arms of Genoa, but it can be found on the civic arms of traditionally Guelph towns like Milan, Vercelli, Alessandria, Padua, Reggio and Bologna.
Some individuals and families indicated their faction affiliation in their coats of arms by including an appropriate chief: Guelphs had a capo d’Angio or “chief of Anjou”, gold fleurs-de-lys on a blue field, with a red heraldic “label”

The city shields are is a witness of the history of the past struggles between the Guelph (Templar) and the Ghibelline (Hospitaller) aligned cities. Each having the reverse shield of the cross. These two warring Imperial factions were arch rivals for the Imperial throne of the Holy Roman Empire.

While various popes declared nearly a dozen crusades against the Turks, especially at Caffa Crimea, very few heeded the call. In the book “The Colonies of Genoa in the Black Sea Region”, by Khvalkov, page 225, it says that at the Bishopric of Caffa, Gothia, that the Guelphs were considered Nobles and maintained a Noble representative of Guelph there in Crimea, but for Ghibelline(or other Venetian) he doesn’t mention them as Noble representatives.

Today the junior cadet branches of Este have a dominance in this area of Italy. However the senior branch of Este Guelph is Brunswick Wolfenbuettel. This has remained a perpetual claim of the house, recognized by all parties.

This same house had filed petitions to the Russian and Ukrainian Embassy for a peace agreement before too much bloodshed issued during Kiev’s maidan and nationalist protests from 2013-2014. The original peace proposal included terms of placing Crimea under control of the House of Nott-Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel. In the document the main claim of Ukrainian suffrage rights were in the fact that the Nott side of the family has several lines to the original founding house of the Kiev Rus Nobility. One of those lines was documented in the correspondence.

The House of Brunswick also remains tied with the successions of the Prince Bishops of Crimean Gothia. This includes the present Archbishop of Gothia at Crimea and their several dioceses.

+ Ambrose von Sievers, of the Metropolitanate of Gothia is a Bishop of the True Orthodox Church (Russian Catacomb Church). It is the successive church that has escaped the persecutions of the Bolsheviks and their successive agents. His church is considered in some circles as non-canonical because of it’s refusal to submit to the KGB installed church. As the escaped Andrewite Bishop did canonically consecrate +Ambrose, it is believed therefore the church of the Goths is truly canonical unlike many other jurisdictions. However, the persecutions have continued, as the Clergy have been attacked and killed over the last two generations. 

APPENDIX

1. Ottonian Imperial Line of Brunswick

  1. Ottonian Emperor Seals (used today in Brunswick heraldry)

  1. Seals of Otto IV of Brunswick 

    Duke Otto of Brunswick, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

           

  2. Russian Emperor Ivan VI Brunswick-Wolfenbuettel-Romanov 

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