Pepin the Short (714-768)

"Pepin the Short[a] (German: Pippin der Kurze, French: Pépin le Bref, c. 714 – 24 September 768) was the King of the Franks from 751 until his death in 768. He was the first of the Carolingians to become king.[b]

The younger son of the Frankish prince Charles Martel and his wife Rotrude, Pepin´s upbringing was distinguished by the ecclesiastical education he had received from the monks of St. Denis. Succeeding his father as the Mayor of the Palace in 741, Pepin reigned over Francia jointly with his elder brother Carloman. Pepin ruled in Neustria, Burgundy and Provence, while his older brother Carloman established himself in Austrasia, Alemannia and Thuringia. The brothers were active in suppressing revolts led by the Bavarians, Aquitanians, Saxons and the Alemanni in the early years of their reign. In 743, they ended the Frankish interregnum by choosing Childeric III, who was to be the last Merovingian monarch, as figurehead king of the Franks." - ( 31.01.2020)

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father of Charlemagne (747-814) [son of], Bertrada of Laon (725-783) [mother of]
son of Charles Martel (-741) [father of], Chrotrud (-725) [mother of]
official King
died Paris September 24, 768 CE
was buried Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis)
Husband of Bertrada of Laon (725-783)
father of Carloman I (751-771) [son of], Bertrada of Laon (725-783) [mother of]

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Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis)2.353888988494948.935554504395Burial placedb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622

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