The Spear of Destiny and Its Victims: From Jesus to Hitler
The Spear of Destiny was used to pierce the side of Jesus. According to the Bible, the event proved that Jesus had actually died and was (as a result)
the Messiah. While there are currently four spears which claim to be the legendary one from the Bible; this thread will only focus on one, the Spear
The Spear in Vienna was tested on in 2003. The results concluded that the spear in Vienna was not one from the 1st Century (thus meaning it was not
the spear used to prove the death of Jesus). The spear was however, one from the 7th Century; and the nail it contained (purported to be a nail from
the crucifix of Jesus) did correlate with others from the 1st Century. While this may put some readers off of the thread, i urge those to continue
reading. This is because the thread does not overly concern itself with the authenticity of the spear in Vienna, but the legends behind it and the
deaths it has apparently caused. For all intents and purposes, the spear in Vienna will be referred to as the Spear of Destiny from here on.
The Spear of Destiny has been wielded by a lot of influential figures throughout history. It has also been the goal of others (e.g. Napoleon
Bonaparte). According to legend those who wielded the spear would be powerful (and remain so), but once they lost it, death would befall them. This
thread will now list those figures of history who had supposedly wielded the Spear of Destiny, but also lost it and succumbed to an early death. While
older accounts may have been exaggerated (or simply not true), modern accounts have been confirmed.
Charlemagne was the founder of the Carolingian Empire, ruling from 768 until his death in 814. According to legend, Charlemagne had wielded the Spear
of Destiny, which allowed him to expand his kingdom into an Empire encompassing most of Europe. Legend claims that Charlemagne had carried the Spear
of Destiny through 47 battles, but died soon after dropping it.
Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa I
Frederick Barbarossa was the King of Germany in 1152, but was eventually instated as a Roman Emperor in 1155 (having pushed his way into Italy). It is
stated that the Spear of Destiny was what aided him in his campaigns. It was said to be the reason he was eventually instated as an Emperor. Legend
has it that Frederick Barbarossa succumbed to death after misplacing the Spear of Destiny while crossing a stream. Barbarossa did indeed drown while
crossing the Saleph river in Turkey. Instead of crossing the bridge, Barbarossa instead wanted to cross through the water. With the current being too
strong, the horse lost balance. Barbarossa fell off of the horse. Wearing heavy armour, Barbarossa was unable to swim. Thus, Barbarossa died an
untimely death by way of drowning.
It is unknown how the Spear of Destiny had found its way from Barbarossa to other holy Roman Emperors, but there is recorded history of how it left
the hands of the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund, eventually falling into the hands of Adolf Hitler:
In 1424, Sigismund had a collection of relics, including the lance, moved from his capital in Prague to his birthplace, Nuremberg, and decreed
them to be kept there forever. This collection was called the Imperial Regalia (Reichskleinodien).
When the French Revolutionary army approached Nuremberg in the spring of 1796 the city councilors decided to remove the Reichskleinodien to Vienna for
safe keeping. The collection was entrusted to one "Baron von Hügel", who promised to return the objects as soon as peace had been restored and the
safety of the collection assured. However, the Holy Roman Empire was disbanded in 1806 and the Reichskleinodien remained in the keeping of the
Habsburgs. When the city councilors asked for the Reichskleinodien back, they were refused. As part of the imperial regalia, it was kept in the
Imperial Treasury Imperial Treasury and was known as the lance of Saint Maurice.
Hitler's first contact with the Spear of Destiny came in September of 1912, when he visited the Hofburg Museum. In regards to the spear itself,
"I stood there quietly gazing upon it for several minutes quite oblivious to the scene around me. It seemed to carry some hidden inner meaning
which evaded me, a meaning which I felt I inwardly knew yet could not bring to consciousness...I felt as though I myself had held it before in some
earlier century of history. That I myself had once claimed it as my talisman of power and held the destiny of the world in my hands..."
After the annexation of Austria in 1938, Hitler had the museum's contents (along with the spear) moved to Nuremburg, where it would remain for most
of the war. After the war turned in the allies favour, Hitler ordered the contents to an underground vault, where the items would be protected from
heavy bombing. It is said that on April 30th, 1945, at 2:10 PM, advancing American forces took possession of the vault and the spear. Eighty minutes
later Adolf Hitler had died, by his own hand, in a bunker in Berlin.
While the Spear of Destiny's history is a fascinating one, it doesn't stop with Hitler.
General George Patton
Once American forces retrieved the artifacts, it was up to General Patton to return them to Austria. After having the Spear of Destiny studied, Patton
returned all of the Museums contents and prepared for his final trip home...he never made it.
On December 9th 1945, the day before Patton was scheduled to leave Europe for the USA, he was involved in a car crash. Even though the crash was
relatively minor, Patton was the only passenger who was not aware of an upcoming crash. He did not brace himself, thus slamming his head into a metal
part of the car, paralysing him from the neck down. He lived for another 12 days when he finally passed away in a Military Hospital at Heidelberg.
While these are the only complete
accounts, it is said that the Spear of Destiny has been wielded by many more individuals. To name some: Herod
the Great, Maurice the Manichean, Constantine the Great, Theodosius, Alaric, Theodoric, Justinian, Charles Martel, Heinrich I the Fowler, Otto I the
Great and Pope John XII.
While there are inconsistencies surrounding the stories of the Spear of Destiny there is no doubt that it is an interesting subject. One thing is for
sure though; leaders throughout history have coveted the relic, and those who have wielded it seem to have met an untimely death...
Thanks for reading,