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Bertrada 'au grand pied'

Female Abt 720 - 783  (~ 63 years)

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  • Name Bertrada 'au grand pied'   [1
    Born Abt 720 
    Gender Female 
    Name Bertrada of Leon 
    Reference Number 9037 
    Died 12 Jun 783 
    Person ID I9037  FelsingFam
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2021 

    Family Pippin 'the Short' King of the Franks,   b. 714,   d. 24 Sep 768  (Age 54 years) 
    +1. Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor,   b. Abt 747,   d. 28 Jan 814  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F6728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Bertrada of Laon, also called Bertrada 'au grand pied' and Bertha Broadfoot, was born about 720 in Laon, in today's Aisne, France, the daughter of Heribert/Caribert of Laon. In 740 she married Pippin 'the Short', the son of Charles Martel, the Frankish Mayor of the Palace, although the union was not canonically sanctioned until several years later. Eleven years later, in 751, Pippin and Bertrada became King and Queen of the Franks, following Pippin's successful coup against the Frankish Merovingian monarchs.

      Bertrada and Pippin are known to have had four children, three sons and one daughter; of these, Charles (Charlemagne), Carloman and Gisela survived to adulthood, while Pippin died in infancy. Charlemagne and Carloman would inherit the two halves of their father's kingdom when he died, and Gisela became a nun.

      Bertrada lived at the court of her elder son Charles, and according to Einhard their relationship was excellent. She recommended that he marry his first wife Desiderata, a daughter of the Lombard king Desiderius, but he soon divorced her. Einhard claims that this was the only episode that ever strained relations between mother and son. Bertrada lived with Charlemagne until her death on 12 June 783. The king buried her with great honours in the Basilica of Saint Denis.

  • Sources 
    1. [S804] Genealogics.org.