||Pepin II (Pippinid) Herstal was a member of aristocracy in ancient Europe.|
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Pepin II "le gros" d'Herstal (645/50 - 16 Dec 714 Jupille, near Liège)
bur. Basilique de Saint-Arnoul, Metz
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Pepin and Martin, duke of Laon, fought Ebroin, who defeated the Austrasians at Lucofao (Bois-du-Fay, near Laon) and came close to uniting all the Franks under his rule; however, he was assassinated.
Pepin immediately made peace with his successor, Waratton. However, Waratton's successor Berthar, and Neustrian king Theuderic III, made war on Austrasia. The king and his mayor were decisively defeated at the Battle of Tertry (Textrice) in the Vermandois in 687.
Berthar and Theuderic withdrew themselves to Paris, where Pepin followed and eventually forced on them a peace treaty with the condition that Berthar leave his office. Pepin was created mayor in all three Frankish kingdoms (Austrasia, Neustria, and Burgundy) and began calling himself Duke and Prince of the Franks (dux et princeps Francorum). In the ensuing quarrels, Berthar killed his mother-in-law Ansfled and fled. His wife Anstrude married Pepin's eldest son Drogo, Duke of Champagne, and Pepin's place in Neustria was secured.
Pepin subdued the Alemanni, Frisians, and Franconians, bringing them within the Frankish sphere of influence. He also began the evangelisation of Germany. In 695, he placed Drogo in the Burgundian mayorship and his other son, Grimoald, in the Neustrian one.
Pepin of Herstal (635?-714), reunited Frankish realms in the late Merovingian period. Pepin's death was followed by a civil war and the succession of his illegitimate son Charles Martel.
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