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Also Known As: "Romanorum", "de Franconie", "de Orientalium Francorum"
Death: October 10, 794
Frankfurt-am-Main, Frankfurt
Place of Burial: Mainz
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rodolfo III / Radulf Comte de Franconia and Unknown mother of Fastrada Partner of Radulf
Wife of Charlemagne
Mother of Theodrada, Abbess of Argenteuil and Hiltrude

Occupation: Reyne des Francs, Empress Holy Roman Empire
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About Fastrada

Fastrada, Charlemagne's 6th partner & 3rd wife

Sharon's Temporary Note Jan 2011: Still needs Source Info regarding her parents: Count Radulf?


His third wife was Fastrada, married 784, died 794. [

m thirdly (Worms Oct 783[71]%29 FASTRADA, daughter of RADULF Graf & his wife --- (-Frankfurt-am-Main 10 Oct 794, bur Mainz, St Alban[72]). The Annales Laurissenses record the marriage in 783 at Worms of King Charles and "domne Fastradæ regina"[73]. Einhard's Annals record the king's marriage in 783 to "filiam Radolfi comitis natione Francam, nomine Fastradam"[74]. Fastrada, wife of King Charles, is referred to as "de Orientalium Francorum, Germanorum videlicet" by Einhard[75]. Her cruelty triggered the revolt of her husband's illegitimate son Pépin "le Bossu" in 792[76]. The Annales Xantenses record the death in Frankfurt in 794 of "Fastrada regina"[77]. Einhard records the death in 794 of "Fastrada regina" at Frankfurt and her burial "Mogontiaci apud sanctum Albanum"[78]. Theodulf wrote the epitaph of "Fastradæ reginæ"[79]. []

By her he had:

6.1 Theodrada (b.784), abbess of Argenteuil [ THEODRADA ([785]-[9 Jan 844/853]). "Theoderadam et Hiltrudem" are named daughters of King Charles & Fastrada by Einhard[142]. Angilbert's poem Ad Pippinum Italiæ regum names (in order) "Chrodthrudis…Berta…Gisla et Theodrada" as daughters of King Charles[143]. Theodulf's poem Ad Carolum Rege changes the order slightly when he names "Berta…Chrodtrudh…Gisla…Rothaidh…Hiltrudh, Tetdrada" as daughters of the king[144]. Named as abbess of Notre-Dame d'Argenteuil, near Paris by her father before 814, until 828. "Ludowicus…rex" names "Theodrada amita nostra filia…avi nostri" in a charter dated 9 Jan 844 which confirms her life interest in the abbey of Schwarzach-am-Main, donated to the church of Würzburg, previously belonging to "Blutendæ filiæ Folkberti quondam comitis"[145]. Theodrada arranged for the church of Würzburg to recognise her great niece Hildegard, daughter of Ludwig II "der Deutsche" King of the East Franks as her successor. This must have taken place before 853, at which date Hildegard was abbess of Zürich[146]. :[]

6.2 Hiltrude (b.787) HILTRUD ([787-after 800, maybe after 814). "Theoderadam et Hiltrudem" are named daughters of King Charles & Fastrada by Einhard[147]. Theodulf's poem Ad Carolum Rege names (in order) "Berta…Chrodtrudh…Gisla…Rothaidh…Hiltrudh, Tetdrada" as daughters of the king[148]. She lived at her father’s court until his death in 814. Wilhelm Kurze appears to have disproved the theory of the alleged marriage of Hiltrud to Eberhard [I] Graf [von Calw], a court official of Emperor Charlemagne[149]. According to Rösch[150], Hiltrud was the mistress (between [799/804]%29 of Richwin Count of Padua, brother of Richbod Bishop of Trier, who was at the court of Emperor Charlemagne between 792 and 814, and was the mother of an illegitimate son by him. He cites no primary source on which this is based and no reference to this has been found in the sources so far consulted. It is possibly based on onomastic speculation from the use of the first name Richbod. One possible illegitimate son: [] 6.2.1 [RICHBOD ([800/805]-killed in battle Angoulême 14 Jun 844). Abbé de Saint-Riquier 840/44. The Annales Bertiniani record that "Richbote abbas…consobrinus regum, nepos…Karoli imperatoris ex filia" was among those killed in 844[151]. It is possible, but not certain, that his mother was Hiltrud, as explained above.] :[] Note: Wikipedia thinks Richbod is more likely to be Charlemagne’s son through his last concubine Ethilind – who Cawley calls Adelindis.

Please see Charlemagne Project for Source Details

Fastrada (?)

F, #103194, d. 794

Last Edited=19 Apr 2001

    Fastrada (?) married Charlemagne, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, son of Pepin III, King of the Franks and Bertha de Laon, in 784. 

She died in 794.

Forrás / Source:

Sepultura: na Collegiate Saint Alban ante Mainz (ou na Catedral de Mainz?).

Nome: ou de Austrásia, ou dos Francos.

Fastrada (765-794) was an East Frankish noblewoman. She became the third wife of Charlemagne, marrying him in 784. She bore him two children:

   * Theodrada (b. 784), abbess of Argenteuil
   * Hiltrude (b. 787).

She died during the synod of Frankfurt and had been buried in St. Alban's Abbey, Mainz, long before the abbey was finalized. Due to archbishop Richulfs influence, Fastrada was not buried in the Basilique Saint-Denis, the burial site of almost all the Frankish and French monarchs, nor St. Arnulf's Abbey near Metz. After the destruction of St. Alban's Abbey in 1552, her tombstone had been transferred to Mainz Cathedral, where it can be seen today in the wall of the southern nave.

Her stylized role was played by Leland Palmer in the musical Pippin by Stephen Schwartz.


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Fastrada's Timeline

Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
October 10, 794
Frankfurt-am-Main, Frankfurt
April 14, 1928
December 20, 1933
St Albans, Mainz