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- n. king of the Franks and father of Charlemagne who defended papal interests and founded the Carolingian dynasty in 751 (714-768)
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He had in him the blood or teaching of the wise and cautious Pepin III, and of the ruthless Charles Martel, and was something of a hammer himself.
Â His father, Pepin III, usurped the throne in 751, and Charlemagne's legitimacy was partially based on the blessing of the Papacy.
Stephen had already begun negotiations with Pepin III, king of the Franks, and the mutual needs of the rising papacy and the upstart Carolingian dynasty drew them into alliance.
With the help of the aristocracy, Pepin III and Charlemagne were able to wage wars of expansion and to suppress rebellion.
Sometimes that number comes before the nickname, as in France with Pepin III the Short, Charles II the Bald, and Eudes I the Insane.