Theudebert II

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The Frankish realm as it was after the Treaty of Andelot in 587. The Austrasian kingdom of Childebert (green) was inherited by Theudebert II.

Theudebert II (French: Thibert or Théodebert) (586–612), King of Austrasia (595–612 AD), was the son and heir of Childebert II. He received the kingdom of Austrasia plus the cities (civitates) of Poitiers, Tours, Le Puy-en-Velay, Bordeaux, and Châteaudun, as well as the Champagne, the Auvergne, and Transjurane Alemannia.

He succeeded his grandmother Brunhilda.

Life[edit]

In 599, Theudebert and his brother Theuderic II were at war. Theuderic defeated him at Sens, but then allied against their cousin Chlothar II and defeated him at Dormelles (near Montereau), thereby laying their hands on a great portion of Neustria (600–604). At this point, however, the two brothers took up arms against each other; Theuderic defeated him at Étampes and he refused to aid his brother when Theuderic's kingdom was invaded by Clotaire in 605. In 610, he extorted Alsace from his brother and Theuderic took up arms against him, yet again.

Theudebert was defeated handily at Toul and at Zülpich in 612. He was locked up in a monastery at the order of his grandmother, and assassinated with his son Merovech.

His daughter Emma is sometimes thought to have married Eadbald of Kent.

Sources[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Theudebert II
Born: 586 Died: 612
Preceded by
Childebert II
King of Austrasia
595–612
Succeeded by
Theuderic II