Pepin I the Elder ? - 639 or 640
Also called Pepin of Landen. You can also spell him Pippin.
Pepin was adviser to his king,
Chlotar II, who ruled over Neustria, Austrasia, and Burgundy.
Pepin was also made mayor of the palace in Austrasia. And here is a
map of Austrasia:
MAP OF AUSTRASIA
CLICK TO ENLARGE
King Chlotar died in 629 and Pepin lost his job because the new
king, Dagobert I wanted to rule himself. When Dagobert died in
639, Pepin was back in the saddle, but shortly after he died too.
Grimoald succeeded him as mayor of Aurasia, which in effect
Pepin was the mafia-godfather-type who valued a powerful family.
But first he had to have a family. So, together with his associate
Arnulf, who was the bishop of Metz, Pepin started the
Carolingian Dynasty by arranging the marriage between his
Begga, and Arnold's son,
And what a family of power that came to