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Pepin the Short

A denier minted at Troyes during Pepin's reign. The R is for rex (king) and the P is for Pepin.
Monarch information
NamePepin the Short
Reign752 � 768
PredecessorChilderic III
Carloman I, joint ruler with Charlemagne
FatherCharles Martel
MotherRotrude of Trier

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Pepin (or Pippin) (died 24 September 768), called the Short (Pépin le Bref) or the Younger (Pippin der Jüngere), rarely the Great (Pippin der Grosse), was the first King of the Franks (752 � 68) of the Carolingian dynasty. In 741 he and his brother Carloman succeeded their father, Charles Martel, as mayors of the palace and de facto rulers of the kingdom during an interregnum (737 � 43). After the retirement of Carloman (747), Pepin obtained the permission of Pope Zachary to depose the last of the Merovingian kings, Childeric III, and assume the throne (752). As he was named for his grandfather, Pepin of Heristal, in turn named for his grandfather, Pepin of Landen, both mayors of the palace, Pepin the Short has sometimes been numbered Pepin III.

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