Theudoald

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Carolingian dynasty
Pippinids
Arnulfings
Carolingians
After the Treaty of Verdun (843)

Theudoald (or Theodald; (707/708 – 741)[1][2] was the mayor of the palace, briefly unopposed in 714 until Ragenfrid was acclaimed in Neustria and Charles Martel in Austrasia by the nobles, after the death of his grandfather, Pepin of Heristal. He was the illegitimate son of Grimoald II and Theudesinda of Frisia and thus a grandson of king Radbod. His grandmother Plectrude tried to have him recognised by his grandfather as the legitimate heir to all the Pippinid lands, instead of the illegitimate Charles Martel. His grandmother surrendered on his behalf in 716 to Chilperic II of Neustria and Ragenfrid. He died, probably killed, around 741, after the death of his uncle and protector, Charles Martel. It is notable that, despite his having been proclaimed heir to Pepin the Middle, when Charles Martel seized power, he allowed his nephew to live, instead of killing him, as was the wont in the Middle Ages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liber Historiæ Francorum ("Grimoaldus…filium ex concubina Theudoaldo"). Liber Historiæ Francorum 49, MGH SS rer Merov II, p. 324.
  2. ^ Monumenta Epternacensia ("Theodaldum, filium Grimoaldi…ex Theodesina filia regis Rabodi"). Monumenta Epternacensia, MGH SS XXIII, p. 59.
Theudoald
Died: 741
Preceded by
Grimoald II
Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia
714
Succeeded by
Charles Martel