Theuderic IV

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Theuderic IV
Theuderic IV.jpg
Theuderic IV from Guillaume Rouillé's Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
King of the Franks
Reign721–737
PredecessorChilperic II
SuccessorHiatus(next Childeric III)
Mayor of the PalaceCharles Martel
Bornc. 712
Died737 (aged 24–25)
IssueChilderic III?
DynastyMerovingian
FatherDagobert III

Theuderic IV (c. 712 – 737) or Theuderich, Theoderic, or Theodoric; in French, Thierry was the Merovingian King of the Franks from 721 until his death in 737. He was the son of king Dagobert III.[1]

During his reign, his realm was controlled by the mayor of the palace, Charles Martel, who kept him in custody, first in Chelles Abbey, then in Château-Thierry.

After his death, the Frankish throne remained vacant for seven years, until Pepin the Short arranged for Childeric III, the last Merovingian king, to succeed him. Theuderic IV may have been the father of Childeric III, but this remains uncertain.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rosenwein 2009, p. 84.

Sources[edit]

  • Rosenwein, Barbara H. (2009). A Short History of the Middle Ages. University of Toronto.
Preceded by
Chlothar IV
Chilperic II
King of the Franks
721–737
Succeeded by
Charles Martel
(Acting)