Pepin II of Heristal
Elphide (Chalpaida)
Charles Martel
(Cir 0688/0690-0741)
Pepin III the Short of the Franks


Family Links

1. Bertrada of Laon

Pepin III the Short of the Franks 2372,2373

  • Born: 714, Jupille, Austrasia
  • Marriage (1): Bertrada of Laon in 740
  • Died: 24 Sep 768, Saint Denis, near Paris, France
  • Buried: Saint Denis Basilica, near Paris, France

   Another name for Pepin was Pipin le Bref.


  General Notes:

Mayor of the palace of Austrasia and king of the Franks (751-68), the son of the Frankish ruler Charles Martel, and the grandson of Pepin of Herstal. He was mayor of the palace during the reign of Childeric III (reigned about 743-751), the last of the Merovingian dynasty. In 751, Pepin deposed Childeric and thus became the first king of the Carolingian dynasty. He was crowned by Pope Stephen II (III) in 754. When the pope was threatened by the Lombards of northern Italy, Pepin led an army that defeated them (754-55). He ceded to the pope territory that included Ravenna and other cities. This grant, called the Donation of Pepin, laid the foundation for the Papal States. Pepin enlarged his own kingdom by capturing Aquitaine, or Aquitania, in southwestern France. He was succeeded by his sons Carloman and Charlemagne as joint kings.


  Noted events in his life were:

He worked as a Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia from 741 to 751.

Acceded: King of the Franks, 751.


Pepin married Bertrada of Laon, daughter of Charibert of Laon and Bertrade of Cologne, in 740. (Bertrada of Laon was born in 720 in Laon and died on 13 Jul 783 in Choisy.)