Grimoald I, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia

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Grimoald d'Austrasie, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia

Also Known As: "Grimold"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Landen, Flemish Region, Belgium
Death: 658 (39-47)
Paris, Ile-de-France, France (Beheaded by the Neustrians over his attempt to usurp the throne for his son)
Place of Burial: mayor of the palace
Immediate Family:

Son of Pepin of Landen and Saint Itta of Nivelles
Husband of Wife of Grimoald
Father of Wulfetrude Abbess of Nivelles de Landen and Childebert III the Adopted, king of Austrasia
Brother of Saint Bavo of Ghent; Childa de Metz; Saint Gertrudis of Nivelles; Lantpert, Bishop of Haimhram; Saint Allowin/Bavo de Metz and 1 other

Occupation: Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia (643-657), , Hausmeier, Duc (641), maiordomus d'Austrasie, Maire des palais d'Austrie (643-662), Maire du Palais d'Austrasie
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About Grimoald I, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia

Alt data from merges: birth 616 - death 656

Accepted Wikipedia names for this person are:

German: Grimoald der Ältere (note: the majority of what was Austrasia was located in what is presently Germany)

French: Grimoald Ier

Dutch: Grimoald I

Letzebeurgesch (Luxembourgois): Grimoald den Eeleren

English: Grimoald the Elder

Italian: Grimoaldo I il Vecchio

Norwegian (bokmål): Grimoald den eldre

Spanish: Grimoaldo I el Viejo

Portuguese: Grimoaldo I o Velho

Hungarian: I. Grimoald

Finnish: Grimoald I vanhempi

I would propose using at least one of these names.

From the Wikipedia page on Grimoald the Elder:

Grimoald I (616-656), called the Elder (in French, Grimaud LeVieux) was the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia from 643 to 656. He was the son of Pepin of Landen and Itta.

With the death of Pepin of Landen in 640, Grimoald became the head of his household, the most powerful in Austrasia. At this time, Radulf, Duke of Thuringia, rebelled against Sigebert III, king of Austrasia. Grimoald participated in the ensuing expedition against the insurrection, but it was a failure. Nevertheless, Grimoald succeeded in saving the life of the king and became his close friend. Then, by removing the mayor of the palace, Otto, he took over the position which his father once held.

Grimoald convinced the childless king (Sigebert III) to adopt his son, named Childebert at his baptism. Sigebert eventually had an heir, Dagobert II, but Grimoald feared the fate of his own dynasty and exiled the young Dagobert to either an Irish monastery or the cathedral school of Poitiers. Upon Sigebert's death, probably in 651, Grimoald put his son on the throne.

Grimoald was deposed and executed by the king of Neustria, who thereby reunited the Kingdom of the Franks. The Liber historiæ Francorum tells that Clovis II had captured and executed him by 657 (subsequently treating Clovis's reign with hostility and his son Chlothar's reign with disdain).

From the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy:

GRIMOALD ([615]-Paris beheaded 657).

The Liber Historiæ Francorum names "Grimoaldo filius eius [=Pippino]" when recording that he succeeded his father as maior domus[26], dated to [640]. Fredegar records that his succession was challenged by "Otto quidam filius Urones domestici", and only assured after Otto was killed "in the tenth year of Sigebert's reign"[27]. "Sigibertus rex Francorum" names "Grimoaldo maiores domus" in his charter dated to [644][28].

A charter dated to [650] of "Grimoaldus dux" purports to record his donation to the monastery of Stablo and Malmédy[29].

He tried to usurp the throne after the death in 656 of King Sigebert III, installing his son as king. He was captured by the Neustrians, angry over his interference in the royal succession, tortured and executed.

m ---. The name of Grimoald's wife is not known.

Grimoald & his wife had two children:

a) CHILDEBERT (-662). The Liber Historiæ Francorum records that maior domus Grimoald installed "filium suum" as king after the death of King Sigibert III, having exiled "filium eius [=Sighiberto rege] parvolum…Daygobertum"[30]. Settipani[31] summarises the debate on Childebert's paternity, highlighting that 8th century sources could be interpreted as indicating that Childebert, son of King Sigebert, was adopted by Grimoald. If this is the correct, it is not certain why the Liber Historiæ Francorum is apparently so clear in its statement about Childebert´s paternity. He succeeded in 656 as CHILDEBERT King of the Franks. He appears to have continued as king despite Grimoald's capture and execution by the Neustrians in 657.

b) WULFETRUDIS ([639/40]-23 Nov 669 bur Nivelles). Abbess at Nivelles 658. The source which confirms her parentage has not yet been identified.

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Grimoald I, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia's Timeline

Landen, Flemish Region, Belgium
Age 24
- 662
Age 28
- 657
Age 28
Age 35
Age 43
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
mayor of the palace