Bertrada of Prüm

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Backside of the towers of the Bertradaburg in Mürlenbach, Germany
Bertrada castle in Mürlenbach, named after Bertrada of Prüm

Bertrada (b. ca. 670; d. after 721), also called Berthe or Bertree, and perhaps a Merovingian princess, is known to be the mother of Charibert of Laon, with whom she is co-founder and benefactor of the Prüm Abbey. They founded the abbey in 721.

Through Charibert's daughter Bertrada of Laon, wife of Pippin the Short, Bertrada is the great-grandmother of Charlemagne. Her husband is unknown for certain.

Two alternative solutions to the question of her parentage have been suggested:


  • Maurice Chaume, "Études carolingiennes I: La famille de saint Guillaume de Gellone", in _Annales de Bourgogne_, vol. I (1929), 27-56 who presents the hypothesis that she was daughter of Theuderic (Thierry).