William II Ironarm Of Poitou

Ancestors of William II Ironarm Of Poitou

Generation No. 33

1. William II Ironarm Of Poitou, born 937; died February 03, 994/95. He was the son of 2. William I Towhead Of Poitou and 3. Adele Of Normandy. He married (1) Emma Champagne 968. She was born 939, and died Aft. December 27, 1003.

Notes for William II Ironarm Of Poitou:
Acceded 963
Duke of Aquitaine
Abdicated 993
Also Known as Fierabras
Some refer to him as William IV
More About William Poitou and Emma Champagne: Marriage: 968

Generation No. 34

2. William I Towhead Of Poitou, born 915; died April 03, 963. He was the son of 4. Ebalus The Bastard Of Poitou Manzer and 5. Emiliane. He married 3. Adele Of Normandy 935.

3. Adele Of Normandy, born 917 in Normandy, France; died Aft. October 14, 962 in France.

Notes for William I Towhead Of Poitou:
Duke of Aquitaine
Count of Poitou
Count of Auvergne, Velay, Limousin
Acceded in 934 Duke of Aquitaine
Some refer to him as William III
More About William Poitou and Adele Normandy: Marriage: 935

Child of William Poitou and Adele Normandy is:

1 i. William II Ironarm Of Poitou, born 937; died February 03, 994/95; married Emma Champagne 968.


Generation No. 35

4. Ebalus The Bastard Of Poitou Manzer, born 889 in Poitiers, Vienne, France; died 934. He was the son of 8. Ramnulf II Of Poitou and 9. Irmgard. He married 5. Emiliane 911.

5. Emiliane

Notes for Ebalus The Bastard Of Poitou Manzer:
Acceded: Duke of Aquitaine
More About Ebalus Manzer and Emiliane: Marriage: 911

Child of Ebalus Manzer and Emiliane is:

2 i. William I Towhead Of Poitou, born 915; died April 03, 963; married Adele Of Normandy 935.


Generation No. 36

8. Ramnulf II Of Poitou, born 855; died August 05, 890. He was the son of 16. Ramnulf I Of Poitou and 17. Daughter Of Maine. He married 9. Irmgard 867.

9. Irmgard

More About Ramnulf Poitou and Irmgard: Marriage: 867

Child of Ramnulf Poitou and Irmgard is:

4 i. Ebalus The Bastard Of Poitou Manzer, born 889 in Poitiers, Vienne, France; died 934; married Emiliane 911.


Generation No. 37

16. Ramnulf I Of Poitou, born 820; died July 05, 866. He was the son of 32. Gerard Of Auvergne and 33. Princess Hildegard. He married 17. Daughter Of Maine 845.

17. Daughter Of Maine

More About Ramnulf Poitou and Daughter Maine: Marriage: 845

Child of Ramnulf Poitou and Daughter Maine is:

8 i. Ramnulf II Of Poitou, born 855; died August 05, 890; married Irmgard 867.


Generation No. 38


32. Gerard Of Auvergne, born 795; died June 25, 841 in in Battle Fontniy. He married 33. Princess Hildegard.

33. Princess Hildegard, born 802; died 841. She was the daughter of 66. Louis Le Debunaire King Of France and 67. Irmengard Of Hesbain.

Child of Gerard Auvergne and Hildegard is:

16 i. Ramnulf I Of Poitou, born 820; died July 05, 866; married Daughter Of Maine 845.


Generation No. 39

66. Louis Le Debunaire King Of France, born August 778 in Chasseneuil, near Poitiers, Aquitaine; died June 20, 840 in Petersaue, Germany. He was the son of 132. Charlemagne Emperor and 133. Hildegarde Of Swabia Countess. He married 67. Irmengard Of Hesbain 798.

67. Irmengard Of Hesbain, born 778; died October 03, 818.

Notes for Louis Le Debunaire King Of France:

Louis I the Pious of Aquitaine

Holy Roman Emperor- 813

King of Aquitaine - 781

LOUIS I, pronounced LOO ee, pronounced LOO ihs, or pronounced lwee (778-840), also called Louis the Pious, Was Co. Emperor with his father & took the title upon Charlemagne's death 814.as ruler of a vast European empire. The empire,(Carolingian Kingdom) based in present-day France, also included large parts of what are now Germany and Italy as well as other areas. Charlemagne had built and expanded the empire by conquering much of western Europe.

Louis was born in Chasseneuil, France. He was unable to pursue further expansion because of Viking and Muslim raids, internal revolts, and divisions among the nobility. In 830, a civil war broke out over how the empire should be divided among Louis's four sons. During the struggle, Louis was removed from the throne temporarily, from 833 to 834. Civil war, Louis's indecisiveness, and other problems gradually weakened government authority and helped cause the empire to break apart after Louis's death.



LOUIS THE PIOUS, OR THE DEBONAIR, French LOUIS LE PIEUX, OR LE D�BONNAIRE, German LUDWIG DER FROMME son of the Frankish ruler Charlemagne; he was crowned as co-emperor in 813 and became emperor in 814 on his father's death. Twice deprived of his authority by his sons (Lothair, Pepin, Louis, and Charles), he recovered it each time (830 and 834), but at his death the Carolingian empire was in disarray.

Louis was the fifth child of Charlemagne's second wife, Hildegard the Swabian. From 781 until 814 Louis ruled Aquitaine with some success, though largely through counsellors. When Charlemagne died at Aachen in 814 and was succeeded by Louis, by then his only surviving legitimate son, Louis was well experienced in warfare; he was 36, married to Irmengard of Hesbaye, and was the father of three young sons, Lothair, Pepin, and Louis (Louis the German); he had inherited vast lands, which seemed to be under reasonable control; there was no other claimant to the throne; and on Sept. 11, 813, shortly before his father's death, Louis had been crowned in Aachen as heir and co-emperor.

Louis' first task was to carry out the terms of Charlemagne's will. According to the Frankish chronicler Einhard, Louis did this with great scrupulousness, although other contemporary sources tell a different story.

Louis next began to allocate parts of the empire to the various members of his family, and here began the difficulties and disasters that were to beset him for the remainder of his life. In August 814 he made Lothair and Pepin nominal kings of Bavaria and Aquitaine. He also confirmed Bernard, the son of his dead brother Pepin, as king of Italy, which position Charlemagne had allowed him to inherit in 813. But when Bernard revolted in 817, Louis had him blinded, and he died as a result of it. Louis sent his sisters and half sisters to nunneries and later put his three illegitimate half brothers--Drogo, Hugo, and Theodoric--into monasteries.

At the assembly of Aachen in July 817, he confirmed Pepin in the possession of Aquitaine and gave Bavaria to Louis the German; Lothair he made his co-emperor and heir. Charlemagne had been in his 70s and within a few months of death before naming his heir, and for Louis to give such premature expectations to a youth of 22 was to ask for trouble. Moreover, Louis did not anticipate that he would become father of another child: the empress Irmengard died in 818; and four months later Louis married Judith of Bavaria, who, in June 823, bore him a son, Charles (Charles the Bald), to whom the Emperor gave Alemannia in 829.

Backed by his two brothers, Lothair rose in revolt and deposed his father. The assembly of Nijmegen in October 830, however, restored Louis to the throne; and, the following February, at the assembly of Aachen, in a second partition, Lothair was given Italy. In 832 Louis took Aquitaine away from Pepin and gave it to Charles. The three brothers revolted a second time, with the support of Pope Gregory IV, and at a meeting near Sigolsheim, in Alsace, once more deposed their father. In March 834 Louis was again restored to the throne and made peace with Pepin and with Louis the German. Later in 834, Lothair rose again, but alone, and had to retreat into Italy. Encouraged by his success, Louis made over more territories to his son Charles at the assemblies of Aachen and Nijmegen (837-838)--a move the three brothers accepted but with bad grace. In 839 Louis the German revolted but was driven back into Bavaria.

Meanwhile, Pepin had died (December 838), and, at the assembly of Worms (May 30, 839), a fourth partition was made, the empire being divided between Lothair and Charles, with Bavaria left in the hands of Louis the German. Toward the end of 839 Louis the German marched his troops for the last time against his father, who once more drove him back. The Emperor called an assembly at Worms on July 1, 840. Before it could meet, however, Louis the Pious died at Petersaue, an island in the Rhine near Ingelheim. He was 62 and had ruled for nearly 27 years. He was buried in the Church of St. Arnulf in Metz by Bishop Drogo, his half brother.

The empire he had inherited in peace, Louis left in disarray. He had engaged in no serious external conflict, although the Danes and others had continued to make inroads into the empire. From 829 his four sons had been a constant source of disruption; the quarrels among Lothair, Louis the German, and Charles the Bald were to continue for decades after his death. In many ways Louis seems to have been an estimable person. He was presumably given the epithet the Pious because of his devoutness, his liberality to the church, his interest in ecclesiastical affairs, and the good education he had received. Contemporary historians vary little in their judgment: the Astronomer of Limousin stresses his continued courage in the face of adversity; Thegan, bishop of Trier, gives a long and admiring description of his person, his talents, his Christian charity, his devoutness, and his skill as a hunter; and the poem of Ermoldus Nigellus is full of adulation.

Like his father, Charlemagne, Louis the Pious is depicted in several of the chansons de geste of the 12th century, notably the Chanson de Guillaume, the Couronnement de Louis, and the Charroi de N�mes: he appears as a kindly ruler but a weak and vacillating one.

Acceded, 781. King of Aquitaine

Acceded, 814. Emperor



More About Louis France and Irmengard Hesbain: Marriage: 798

Child of Louis France and Irmengard Hesbain is:

33 i. Princess Hildegard, born 802; died 841; married Gerard Of Auvergne.


Generation No. 40

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132. Charlemagne Emperor, born April 02, 742 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim; died January 28, 813/14 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim. He was the son of 264. Pepin III King Of Italy and 265. Bertrada II Of Laon. He married 133. Hildegarde Of Swabia Countess 771 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim.

133. Hildegarde Of Swabia Countess, born 758; died April 30, 783 in Dudenhofen.

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Statute of Charlemagne, Notre-Dame, Paris

Charlemagne's Tomb in the Gothic Chancel
of the Aachen Dom

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The Adler protecting Charlemagne’s tomb

The Adler of Germany and the Arms of France, brought together by Charlemagne starting in 768 AD

Notes for Charlemagne Emperor:

Charlemagne, also called CHARLES I, CHARLES THE GREAT, French CHARLES LE GRAND, Latin CAROLUS MAGNUS, German KARL DER GROSSE, king of the Franks (768-814), king of the Lombards (774-814), and emperor (800-814).

As king of the Franks, Charlemagne conquered the Lombard kingdom in Italy, subdued the Saxons, annexed Bavaria to his kingdom, fought campaigns in Spain and Hungary, and, with the exception of the Kingdom of Asturias in Spain, southern Italy, and the British Isles, united in one superstate practically all the Christian lands of western Europe. In 800 he assumed the title of emperor. (He is reckoned as Charles I of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as Charles I of France.) Besides expanding its political power, he also brought about a cultural renaissance in his empire. Although this imperium survived its founder by only one generation, the medieval kingdoms of France and Germany derived all their constitutional traditions from Charles's monarchy. Throughout medieval Europe, the person of Charles was considered the prototype of a Christian king and emperor.

Acceded:Holy Roman Emperor.
Had two more mistresses:Adalind, son Theodric (807-818) a cleric.
unknown, son Richbod (800-844) abbott of St-Riquier.King of the Lombards 774.

Decent of Charlemagne
Arnoul de Metz
| Ansegisel = Begga
| Pepin 11 d 714
| Karl Martel duc d'Austrasia
| Pepin le Bref k of Francs d 768
| Charlemagne King in 768 Emperor in 800-814

Carolingian Kingdom.

CHARLEMAGNE, pronounced SHAHR luh mayn (742-814), or Charles the Great, was the most famous ruler of the Middle Ages and a key figure in European history. He conquered much of western Europe and united it under a great empire. Charlemagne revived the political and cultural life of Europe, which had collapsed after the fall of the West Roman Empire in the A.D. 400's. His activities laid the foundation of the European civilization that arose during the later Middle Ages.

More is known about Charlemagne than most medieval rulers because of a biography written by Einhard, a friend of his son Louis the Pious. This biography describes Charlemagne as more than 6 feet (2 meters) tall, with piercing eyes, fair hair, a thick neck, and a potbelly. He was strong, fond of exercise, and had an alert mind and a forceful personality. Charlemagne could read and speak Latin, the language of educated people of his time. However, he never learned to write it.

Military Conquests. Charlemagne was a son of Pepin the Short, who became king of the Franks in 751 (see FRANKS). After Pepin died in 768, his two sons, Charlemagne and Carloman, shared the Frankish kingdom. The kingdom covered what is now Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and part of western Germany. Charlemagne became the sole ruler of the Frankish kingdom following Carloman's death in 771.

Charlemagne began to expand his kingdom almost immediately. He conquered Lombardy and Bavaria and added them to his realm. He took land and treasure from the Avars in eastern Europe.

Charlemagne waged his longest and bitterest campaign against the Saxons, a pagan people who lived in northwestern Germany. He subdued the Saxons after about 30 years of war and forced them to accept Christianity.

Charlemagne also waged war in Spain. He was returning from an expedition there in 778 when a mountain people called the Basques ambushed and wiped out his rear guard. This incident became the subject of the famous epic poem The Song of Roland. In the poem, however, the ambushers were the Moors, a Muslim people who ruled Spain (see ROLAND).

By 800, Charlemagne's realm extended from central Italy north to Denmark and from eastern Germany west to the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout his reign, Charlemagne followed a policy of friendship and cooperation with the Christian church. He protected the church and continually extended its power. In recognition of Charlemagne's vast power, and to strengthen the king's alliance with the church, Pope Leo III crowned him emperor of the Romans on Christmas Day, 800 (see ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH [Charlemagne]).

Administration and Influence. In Charlemagne's time, Europe had hardly any towns, trade, or industry. Almost all the people made their living by farming, and they raised barely enough to feed themselves. Few people had much money, and the government and laws of the old Roman Empire had disappeared.

To improve conditions, Charlemagne introduced a number of reforms. He granted large estates to loyal nobles, who, in return, provided military and political services to the king. The nobles also maintained the roads, bridges, and fortifications on their land. This arrangement, called feudalism, became the basic political and military system of Europe for the next 400 years (see FEUDALISM). Charlemagne helped increase the supply of food by introducing more efficient methods of farming. To stimulate trade, he coined silver money and encouraged the establishment of markets.

Charlemagne was devoted to justice and good government. He decreed that all courts be held regularly and that judges base their decisions only on accepted law. He divided his realm into districts and appointed efficient officers to administer them. Periodically, Charlemagne sent royal inspectors to carry his orders to the districts and to report on local conditions. In this way, he kept control of the distant parts of his empire.

Charlemagne also improved education and culture by establishing a school at his palace in Aachen. This palace school attracted the best teachers and students in Europe. It educated clergymen, thus strengthening the church, and trained teachers for schools throughout the empire. Scholars at the schools collected and copied ancient Roman manuscripts, which otherwise would have been lost forever. They also developed a new style of handwriting, called Carolingian minuscule. This style of handwriting later became the model for printing. The revival of learning under Charlemagne is sometimes called the Carolingian Renaissance.

After Charlemagne died in 814, his empire fell apart. Attacks by Vikings and other invaders weakened the empire, and in 843, Charlemagne's grandsons divided it into three parts. By the late 800's, the empire had ceased to exist. However, the cultural revival begun by Charlemagne had a lasting effect on European civilization. Charlemagne's empire also inspired later attempts to unite many European nations. Some scholars trace the origins of the Holy Roman Empire back to Charlemagne's empire.

aka Charles I the Great, King of the Frankst. Had two more mistresses:

Notes for Hildegarde Of Swabia Countess: Hildegard av Schwaben

Hildegard tilh�rte gjennom sin mor, Imma, de gamle Schwabenhertugers hus. Hun var s�ster til Gerold, en bayersk markgreve som n�d stor og velfortjent anseelse hos og Udalrich, som i 802 var greve i Argengau og Linzgau.

Hun ledsaget Karl til Italien og Roma i 773-774. En av hennes d�tre, Adelheid, ble f�dt under Pavias beleiring foran byens porter.

Hennes lykkelige ekteskap ble avbrutt ved hennes d�d 30.04.783 i Dudenhofen ved Mosel etter at hun hadde f�dt Hildegard.

I av Johann H�bner kalles hun datter til hertug Childebrand i Schwaben og Brandenburg og barnebarn til den alemanniske hertug Gotfred. Det siste sier von Dunkern er feil i .


More About Charlemagne Emperor and Hildegarde Countess:

Marriage: 771, Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim

Child of Charlemagne Emperor and Hildegarde Countess is:

66 i. Louis Le Debunaire King Of France, born August 778 in Chasseneuil, near Poitiers, Aquitaine; died June 20, 840 in Petersaue, Germany; married Irmengard Of Hesbain 798.


Generation No. 41

264. Pepin III King Of Italy, born 715; died September 24, 768 in St Denis Aachen. He was the son of 528. Charles Martel Mayor and 529. Chrotrud. He married 265. Bertrada II Of Laon 740.

265. Bertrada II Of Laon, died July 12, 783 in Darmstadt, Germany.

Notes for Pepin III King Of Italy:

Acceded: 751

PEPIN THE SHORT, pronounced PEHP ihn (714?-768), also called Pepin III, was the first king of the Frankish Carolingian dynasty. The Franks were Germanic peoples who gradually gained control of much of present-day France and Germany and other parts of Western Europe during the early Middle Ages.

In 742, Pepin and his brother Carloman jointly inherited from their father, Charles Martel, the title of Mayor of the Palace. Since the late 600's, mayors had held greater power than the Merovingian kings, who ruled the Franks in name only. As mayors, Pepin and Carloman extended Frankish rule to parts of Saxony and Bavaria. After Carloman became a monk in 747, Pepin ruled alone as mayor. In 751, with Pope Zachary's help, Pepin deposed the last Merovingian king, Childeric III, and became king of the Franks.

As king, Pepin aided the pope against the Lombards, a Germanic people who had conquered much of Italy. Pepin seized some of the Lombard lands in Italy and gave them to Pope Stephen II in 756. This so-called Donation of Pepin is often seen as forming the core of the Papal States, a territory controlled by the pope until the 1800's. Pepin also added Aquitaine to his kingdom. His son Charlemagne became one of the most powerful rulers in European history.


Mayor of the palace of Austrasia and king of the Franks (751-68), the son of the Frankish ruler Charles Martel, and the grandson of Pepin of Herstal. He was mayor of the palace during the reign of Childeric III (reigned about 743-751), the last of the Merovingian dynasty. In 751, Pepin deposed Childeric and thus became the first king of the Carolingian dynasty. He was crowned by Pope Stephen II (III) in 754. When the pope was threatened by the Lombards of northern Italy, Pepin led an army that defeated them (754-55). He ceded to the pope territory that included Ravenna and other cities. This grant, called the Donation of Pepin, laid the foundation for the Papal States. Pepin enlarged his own kingdom by capturing Aquitaine, or Aquitania, in southwestern France. He was succeeded by his sons Carloman and Charlemagne as joint kings.


Notes for Bertrada II Of Laon:

Bertrada of Laon, daughter of Charibert of Laon and Unknown.

More About Pepin Italy and Bertrada Laon: Marriage: 740

Child of Pepin Italy and Bertrada Laon is:

132 i. Charlemagne Emperor, born April 02, 742 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim; died January 28, 813/14 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim; married Hildegarde Of Swabia Countess 771 in Aix-la-Chapelle or Aachen Ingolheim.


Generation No. 42

528. Charles Martel Mayor, born 688; died October 22, 741 in Quierzy, on the Oise River. He was the son of 1056. Pepin II Of Austrasia D'Heristal and 1057. Elphide. He married 529. Chrotrud.

529. Chrotrud

Notes for Charles Martel Mayor:

NAME "The /Hammer"/

Mayor of all Kingdoms

King of the Franks

CHARLES MARTEL (688?-741) ruled northern Gaul from 719 to 741. Gaul was a region in Europe that included what are now France, Germany west of the Rhine River, and Belgium. Charles was not a king but ruled as "mayor of the palace" in the name of several weak kings from the Merovingian dynasty (family of rulers). From 714 to 719, Charles fought to establish his rule in northern Gaul. Later, he brought Burgundy, the southeastern part of present-day France, under his control. He also conquered Frisia in what is now the Netherlands. He helped convert Germany to Christianity by sponsoring the missionary work of Saint Boniface. In 732, Charles defeated an invading Muslim army at the Battle of Poitiers, also called the Battle of Tours. The fighting began near Tours, France, and ended near Poitiers. Charles was later called Martel, meaning the Hammer, because of his victory over the Muslims.

Charles's son Pepin the Short was the first king in the Carolingian dynasty. Charles's grandson Charlemagne conquered a vast empire.



Carolingian ruler of the Frankish kingdom of Austrasia (in present northeastern France and southwestern Germany). Charles, whose surname means "the hammer," was the son of Pepin of Herstal and the grandfather of Charlemagne. Pepin was mayor of the palace under the last kings of the Merovingian dynasty. After Pepin died in 714, Charles, an illegitimate son, was imprisoned by his father's widow, but he escaped in 715 and was proclaimed mayor of the palace by the Austrasians. A war between Austrasia and the Frankish kingdom of Neustria (now part of France) followed, and at the end of it Charles became the undisputed ruler of all the Franks. Although he was engaged in wars against the Alamanni, Bavarians, and Saxons, his greatest achievements were against the Muslims from Spain, who invaded France in 732. Charles defeated them near Poitiers in a great battle in which the Muslim leader, Abd-ar-Rahman, the emir of Spain, was killed. The progress of Islam, which had filled all Christendom with alarm, was thus checked for a time. Charles drove the Muslims out of the Rh�ne valley in 739, when they had again advanced into France as far as Lyon, leaving them nothing of their possessions north of the Pyrenees beyond the Aude River. Charles died in Quierzy, on the Oise River, leaving the kingdom divided between his two sons, Carloman and Pepin the Short.

Occupation. Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia



Notes for Chrotrud:

Chrotrud was the wife of Charles Martel and mother of the king Pepin the Short. According to Frankish tradition, she was the daughter of Saint Leutwinus, son of Gunza and one Count Warinus, himself the son of Sigrada and Bodilan. Her mother, whose name was not known, was said to be the daughter of Doda and Rodobertus, son of Lantbertus I.


Child of Charles Mayor and Chrotrud is:

264 i. Pepin III King Of Italy, born 715; died September 24, 768 in St Denis Aachen; married Bertrada II Of Laon 740.


Generation No. 43

1056. Pepin II Of Austrasia D'Heristal, born 640; died December 16, 714 in J�pille. He was the son of 2112. Anchises and 2113. Doda St. Begga. He married 1057. Elphide.

1057. Elphide

Notes for Pepin II Of Austrasia D'Heristal:

Pepin of Herstal (635?-714), Carolingian mayor of the palace, who reunited the Frankish realms in the late Merovingian period. A grandson of Pepin the Elder, he succeeded to his position in the kingdom of Austrasia around 680. In 687 he extended Carolingian rule to the other Frankish kingdoms, Neustria and Bourgogne, but retained members of the Merovingian dynasty as figurehead monarchs in all three. Two years later he extended his control over the Frisians, a pagan people living on the North Sea coast. Pepin's death was followed by a civil war and the succession of his illegitimate son Charles Martel.


• Acceded, 680. Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia


Child of Pepin D'Heristal and Elphide is:

528 i. Charles Martel Mayor, born 688; died October 22, 741 in Quierzy, on the Oise River; married Chrotrud.



Generation No. 44

2112. Anchises, died in while hunting. He was the son of 4224. Arnold Of Metz Bishop Of Metz. He married 2113. Doda St. Begga.

2113. Doda St. Begga, died 693 in Ardenne. She was the daughter of 4226. Pepin I The Old Of Austrasia and 4227. Itta.

Notes for Anchises:

Some sources say 640. The Calendar of Saints says 692.

Notes for Doda St. Begga:

The Calendar of the Saints says after her husband was killed hunting she decided to make a pilgrimage to Rome. On returning home she founded seven churches at Ardenne of the Meuse. She also set up an abbey at the same place where she died. 17 Dec is her feast day.

Begga was the daughter of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace, and St. Itta. She married Ansegilius, son of St. Arnulf of Metz, and their son was Pepin of Herstal, founder of the Carolingian dynasty of rulers in France. On the death of her husband in the year 691, she built a church and convent at Andenne on the Meuse River and died there.

Doda married Anchises (Ansegisel), son of Arnold of Metz and Unknown. (Anchises (Ansegisel) died in 692.) The cause of his death was while hunting.

Child of Anchises and Doda St. Begga is:

1056 i. Pepin II Of Austrasia D'Heristal, born 640; died December 16, 714 in J�pille; married Elphide.


Generation No. 45

4224. Arnold Of Metz Bishop Of Metz, born 582; died August 16, 641.

Notes for Arnold Of Metz Bishop Of Metz:

His life tells us he was born about 582 and links him (though not genealogically) with a court official Gundulf, who seems to be the same as St. Gundulf d. 607, another Mayor of the Palace, who as an old man became Bishop of Tongres.

Another name for Arnold was St. Arnulf of Metz.

Statesman, bishop under the Merovingians. His parents belonged to a distinguished Frankish family, and lived in Austrasia, the eastern section of the kingdom founded by Clovis. In the school in which he was placed during his boyhood he excelled through his talent and his good behaviour. According to the custom of the age, he was sent in due time to the court of Theodebert II, King of Austrasia (595-612), to be initiated in the various branches of the government. Under the guidance of Gundulf, the Mayor of the Palace, he soon became so proficient that he was placed on the regular list of royal officers, and among the first of the kings ministers. He distinguished himself both as a military commander and in the civil administration; at one time he had under his care six distinct provinces. In due course Arnulf was married to a Frankish woman of noble lineage, by whom he had two sons, Anseghisel and Clodulf. While Arnulf was enjoying worldly emoluments and honours he did not forget higher and spiritual things. His thoughts dwelled often on monasteries, and with his friend Romaricus, likewise an officer of the court, he planned to make a pilgrimage to the Abbey of L�rins, evidently for the purpose of devoting his life to God. But in the meantime the Episcopal See of Metz became vacant. Arnulf was universally designated as a worthy candidate for the office, and he was consecrated bishop of that see about 611. In his new position he set the example of a virtuous life to his subjects, and attended to matters of ecclesiastical government. In 625 he took part in a council held by the Frankish bishops at Reims. With all this Arnulf retained his station at the court of the king, and took a prominent part in the national life of his people. In 613, after the death of Theodebert, he, with Pepin of Landen and other nobles, called to Austrasia Clothaire II, King of Neustria. When, in 625, the realm of Austrasia was entrusted to the kings son Dagobert, Arnulf became not only the tutor, but also the chief minister, of the young king. At the time of the estrangement between the two kings, and 625, Arnulf with other bishops and nobles tried to effect a reconciliation. But Arnulf dreaded the responsibilities of the episcopal office and grew weary of court life. About the year 626 he obtained the appointment of a successor to the Episcopal See of Metz; he himself and his friend Romaricus withdrew to a solitary place in the mountains of the Vosges. There he lived in communion with God until his death. His remains, interred by Romaricus, were transferred about a year afterwards, by Bishop Goeric, to the basilica of the Holy Apostles in Metz.

Of the two sons of Arnulf, Clodulf became his third successor in the See of Metz. Anseghisel remained in the service of the State; from his union with Begga, a daughter of Pepin of Landen, was born Pepin of Heristal, the founder of the Carlovingian dynasty. In this manner Arnulf was the ancestor of the mighty rulers of that house. The life or Arnulf exhibits to a certain extent the episcopal office and career in the Merovingian State. The bishops were much considered at court; their advice was listened to; they took part in the dispensation of justice by the courts; they had a voice in the appointment of royal officers; they were often used as the king's ambassadors, and held high administrative positions. For the people under their care, they were the protectors of their rights, their spokesmen before the king and the link uniting royalty with its subjects. The opportunities for good were thus unlimited; and Arnulf used them to good advantage.

Arnulf was a powerful Austrasian noble during the time of Mayor Pepin I, and their two children Ansegisel and Begga were married. According to Frankish myth, Arnulf was the son of Bodigisel, a supposed son of Saint Gendolphus, Bishop of Tongress, and Oda de Savoy. This bishop was an actual historical figure, the son of Arthemia and Munderic of Vitry. According again to the myths, Munderic was the son of Cloderic the Paricide, son of the historic Sigisbert the Lame. This Sigisbert was the son of King Childebert of Cologne, another historical figure that died sometime shortly after 450. He was the supposed son of one Clovis the Riparian who died after 420. 514


• Occupation. Bishop of Metz


Child of Arnold Of Metz Bishop Of Metz is:

2112 i. Anchises, died in while hunting; married Doda St. Begga.


4226. Pepin I The Old Of Austrasia, born 580; died 639. He married 4227. Itta.

4227. Itta

Notes for Pepin I The Old Of Austrasia:

Another name for Pepin was Pepin of Landen.

Pepin the Elder, founder of the Carolingian dynasty. A noble of the Frankish kingdom of Austrasia, Pepin, also known as Pepin of Landen, joined with Arnulf, bishop of Metz, in the struggle to overthrow Brunhild, queen of Austrasia, in 613, and subsequently governed the kingdom as mayor of the palace for Brunhild's successor, Clotaire II. Pepin's descendants remained dominant in Austrasia, and in the following century displaced the Merovingians as the royal house of the Franks.

Occupation. Mayor of Austrasia

Child of Pepin Austrasia and Itta is:

2113 i. Doda St. Begga, died 693 in Ardenne; married Anchises.


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