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Alpaida (also Alpaïde, Alpaide, Alphaida, Alpoïde, Elphide, Elfide, Chalpaida; ca. 654 – ca. 714) was a Frankish noblewoman who hailed from the Liège area.[1][2] She became the mistress of Pippin of Herstal (635 or 640 – December 16, 714) and mother to two sons by him, Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) (d. October 22, 741) and Childebrand (678–751).[3]

In the Liber Historiae Francorum and the Continuations of Fredegar she is referred to as Pepin's wife.[4]


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  2. ^ Theuws, Frans (2001). "Maastricht as a centre of power". In Frans Theuws. Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages. Mayke B. de Jong, Carine van Rhijn. BRILL. pp. 190–91. ISBN 9789004117341. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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  4. ^ Fouracre, Paul. "Writings about Charles Martel", Law, Laity and Solidarities, (Susan Reynolds, ed.), Manchester University Press, 2001, ISBN 9780719058363, p. 23