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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.

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  • Â His father, Pepin III, usurped the throne in 751, and Charlemagne's legitimacy was partially based on the blessing of the Papacy.

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  • 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.

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  • ” 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.

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