Dagobert III

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Dagobert III
King of the Franks
Reign711–715
PredecessorChildebert III
SuccessorChilperic II (Neustria)
Chlothar IV (Austrasia)
Mayor of the PalacePepin of Herstal
Bornc.698 [1]
Died715 (aged 16–17)
IssueTheuderic IV
DynastyMerovingian
FatherChildebert III
MotherEdonne

Dagobert III (c.698–715) was Merovingian king of the Franks (711–715).

He was a son of Childebert III. He succeeded his father as the head of the three Frankish kingdoms—Neustria and Austrasia, unified since Pippin's victory at Tertry in 687, and the Kingdom of Burgundy—in 711, at the age of thirteen. Real power, however, still remained with the Mayor of the Palace, Pippin of Herstal, who died in 714. Pippin's death occasioned open conflict between his heirs and the Neustrian nobles who elected the mayors of the palace. As for Dagobert himself, the Liber Historiae Francorum reports he died of illness, but otherwise says nothing about his character or actions.[2]

While attention was focused on combatting the Frisians in the north, areas of southern Gaul began to secede during Dagobert's brief time: Savaric, the fighting bishop of Auxerre, in 714 and 715 subjugated Orléans, Nevers, Avallon, and Tonnerre on his own account, and Eudo in Toulouse and Antenor in Provence were essentially independent magnates.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dagobert III". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum, vol. II, pp. 324-326
Dagobert III
Born: 698 Died: 715
Preceded by
Childebert IV
King of the Franks
711–715
Succeeded by
Chilperic II