|Death: ||Dec. 16, Belgium|
Pepin of Herstal was the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia from 680 to his death and of Neustria and Burgundy from 687 to 695. He was also the first mayor of the palace to "reign" as Duke and Prince of the Franksand.
Pepin was the grandson and namesake of Pepin I the Elder by the marriage of Pepin I's daughter Begga and Ansegisel, son of Arnulf of Metz. That marriage united the two houses of the Pippinids and the Arnulfings which created what would be called the Carolingian dynasty. Pepin II was probably born in Herstal. His mistress Alpaida bore him two sons: Charles "The Hammer" Martel and Childebrand.
Pipon married Plectrude about 670. She was the daughter of Hugobert, seneschal of Clovis IV, and Irmina of Oeren.
Just before Pepin's death, Plectrude convinced him to disinherit his illegitimate sons in favour of his grandson, Theudoald, the son of Grimoald, who was still young (and amenable to Plectrude's control). Pepin died suddenly on December 16, 714, at Jupille (in modern Belgium). His legitimate grandchildren claimed themselves to be Pepin's true successors and, with the help of Plectrude, tried to maintain the position of mayor of the palace after Pepin's death. However, Charles had gained favor among the Austrasians, primarily for his military prowess and ability to keep them well supplied with booty from his conquests. Despite the efforts of Plectrude to silence her rival's child by imprisoning him, he became the sole mayor of the palace --and de facto ruler of Francia-- after a civil war which lasted for more than three years after Pepin's death.
Ansegisel of Metz
Begga (615 - 693)
Plectrude of Bavaria
Drogo of Champagne*
Childébrand I de Perracy d'Autun*
Charles Martel (676 - 741)*
Pippin II Heristal Belgium**
Pepin II of Herstal
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Record added: Feb 04, 2012
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