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Pepin II d'Herstal, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, Neustria and Burgundy[1]

Male Abt 645 - 714  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name Pepin II d'Herstal 
    Suffix Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, Neustria and Burgundy 
    Born Abt 645 
    Gender Male 
    Military 687  Tertry, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "Pepin II the Younger defeated his rivals at the Battle of Testry (687), expanded his title from major domus to dux et princeps Francorum, and ruled all Gaul except Aquitaine." 
    House Pippinids  
    Also Known As Pippin the Younger 
    Died 16 Dec 714  Jupille-sur-Meuse, Wallonia, Belguim Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Abbey of Saint-Arnould, Metz, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11660  Dickinson
    Last Modified 19 May 2014 

    Father Ansegisel de Metz, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia,   b. Abt 612,   d. Abt 662  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Begga,   d. 17 Dec 693 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Abt 643 
    Family ID F3284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Plectrudis,   d. Aft 717  [3
    Children 
     1. Drogo,   d. 24 Mar 708  [Birth]
     2. Grimoald II, Mayor of the Palace of Neustria,   d. Apr 714, Liège, Wallonia, Belguim Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 13 May 2014 
    Family ID F3283  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Chalpais 
    Children 
    +1. Charles Martel, Mayor of the Palace,   b. Abt 688,   d. 22 Oct 741, Quierzy-sur-Oise, Picardy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 11 May 2014 
    Family ID F3282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - "Pepin II the Younger defeated his rivals at the Battle of Testry (687), expanded his title from major domus to dux et princeps Francorum, and ruled all Gaul except Aquitaine." - 687 - Tertry, Somme, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Dec 714 - Jupille-sur-Meuse, Wallonia, Belguim Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Abbey of Saint-Arnould, Metz, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Frankish Empire (481-814)
    Frankish Empire (481-814)

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/FRANKSMaiordomi.htm#PippinLeGrosAustrasiedied714B.

    2. [S19] The Age of Faith, Will Durant, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1950), ISBN 0-671-01200-1., 461.

    3. [S17] Women in Frankish Society: Marriage and the Cloister, 500 to 900, Suzanne Fonay Wemple, (University Station, PA: Penn State University Press), ISBN 978-0-8122-1209-9., 54.
      "When Begga, the daughter of the Austrasian mayor Pepin the Elder (d. 640), married Ansegisel, the son of Arnulf of Metz, the acendancy of the northeastern region over other parts of the kingdom was assured. This matrimonial alliance prepared the way for the replacement of the Merovingian ruling house by the Carolingian dynasty. The circumstances leading to this alliance are well known to historians. Almost as important was the union of Begga's and Ansegisel's son, Pepin the Middle (d. 714), and Plektrud, which has been analyzed by E. Hlawitschka. With the politcally powerful seneschal Hugobert as her father and the heiress Irmina as her mother, Plektrud was a coveted bride. Because she had only sisters and no brothers, she inherited vast domains in the country between the Rhine, the Moselle, and the Meuse, and these became the basis for her husban's political maneuvers. Her two sons futher enhanced Pepin's power by marrying women with political connections in the north and northwest. Drogo took as his wife Anstrud, the widow of Neustrian mayor of the palace; Grimoald married Theudesind, the daughter of the Frisian Chieftain. It was through the help of Drogo's mother-in-law Ansfled (Anseflidis) that Pepin was able to secure his hold over Neustria."