Pepin II of Austrasia d'Heristal Duke of Austrasia  24
- Born: 630, Heristal, Leige, Belgium
- Marriage (1): Plectrud  [9CZF-C4C]
- Marriage (2): Elphide (Alpaida)(Chalpaida)  [L8R2-S2D]
- Died: 16 Dec 714, Jupile On The Muse at age 84
FamilySearch ID: 9C3X-F7M.
Duke of Austrasia
Pippin, incorrectly called "of Herstal," assumed leadership of the great nobles of Austrasia in 679 after engineering the death of King DagabertII.
He led the nobles to victory at Tertry in 687, the fall of theMerovingian. He also defeated the Frisians and the Alamanni.
The first of the great Carolingian Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia. Ruler
of the Franks in 687, he managed, through the Battle of Tertry in 687, to
unite Neustria and Austrasia under his own "puppet" Merovingian king.
But the power struggles in northern Gaul seriously weakened the power
of the merovingians and their mayors. The Aquitanians had their own
Duke; the "Patricius" of Provence was for all practical purposes an
independent ruler.; the aristocrats of Burgundy paid little attention to the Franks in the north.34
Pepin established himself as mayor of the palace in Austrasia after the
death of Dagobert II in 679 and defended its autonomy against Theodoric
III of Neustria and Ebroon, Theodoric's mayor of the palace. Defeated by
Ebroon in 680 at Lucofao (near Laon), Pepin gained his revenge on the
Neustrians in 687 at Tertry (near Pironne) and became sole effective
ruler of the Franks. He nevertheless retained Theodoric III on the throne
and after his death replaced him with three successive Merovingian
kings. After several years of warfare Pepin defeated the Frisians on his
northeastern border (689) and married his son Grimoald to Theodelind,
daughter of the Frisian chief Radbod. He also forced the Alemanni to
recognize Frankish authority again and encouraged Christian
missionaries in Alemannia and Bavaria.
The first of the Carolingian dynasty to hold the office of Mayor of the Palace. By the seventh century, Merovingian kings had no effective power. Instead, the Mayor of the Palace, spokesman at the king's court for the landholders in Neustria, Austrasia and Burgundy, held the real power.
Pepin married Plectrud  [9CZF-C4C] [MRIN: 782], daughter of Hugobert Founder of Echternach  and Irmina Founder of Echternach .
Pepin next married Elphide (Alpaida)(Chalpaida)  [L8R2-S2D] [MRIN: 779], daughter of Childebrand  and Unknown. (Elphide (Alpaida)(Chalpaida)  [L8R2-S2D] was born about 654 in Heristal, Liege, Belgium and died about 705 in Orp-le-Grand, Brabant, Vosges, France.)