Pepin III the Short 714-768
If you feel like making fun of the guy just because of his
nickname, hold it right there.
a) The physical height of a man has
nothing to do with his political power.
b) Danny DeVito makes a good living.
c) The father of Pepin the Short was
Charles Martel The Hammer.
The son of Pepin the Short was
Charlemagne. Reckon a man with this set of genes had
issues with his physical appearance?
d) Pepin the Short was the man who ended
the rule of the
Merovingian Dynasty. In their place, he made himself king
and enrolled his family members to be Frankish kings and emperors
for the next 200 years. The two new magic words were
More About Pepin III
Pepin's brothers were
Carloman and Grifo.
In November 751 at Soissons, Pepin the
Short was anointed as king by Archbishop Boniface. The timing
was perfect. The papacy was in dire straits because of the
Lombards who were constantly knocking on Rome's door and trying
to kick butt. The pope needed Pepin.
And Pepin was just the man for the job.
But life was tough and on the way home from one of his campaigns in
Aquitaine he simply died.
Brother Carloman had already died in 754
and half brother Grifo had done the same in 753.
So the kingdom went to Pepin's sons,
Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.