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  • Charles Martel (676 - 741)
    Charles "The Hammer" Martel was the defacto King of the Franks from 737-741 (Officially he was Duke and Prince of the Franks). He was also known as a great general, and is most famous for his vic...
  • Hugues "Chucus" d'Austrasie, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia (c.590 - 640)
    Hugh (or Chucus) Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia (617-623) successor of Warnachar (612–617); predecessor of Pepin the Elder (623–629). No family found. Medlands finds no Sources to prove a father fo...
  • Leudesius I, duke of Alemannia (c.620 - c.680)
    Leudesius (or Liutheric) was Mayor of the Palace of Neustria (675-676) for Childérich III. He has been called Duke of Alsace, but was not. He is known to have been a son of Erchinoald, Mayor of the P...
  • Erchembaldus II, Mayor of the Palace of Neustria (c.590 - c.658)
    Erchambaldus ( Erchenaud ) was Mayor of the Palaces of Neustria (641-657/8) and Burgundy (642-657/8). He was murdered 657/8, and succeeded in both offices by Ébroïn . He might have been a son of Ego of...
  • Pépin III, King of the Franks (c.715 - 768)
    From the English Wikipedia page on Pepin III The Short: and in French: and in Dutch: and in German: üngere Pepin or Pippin (714 – 24 September 768), called the Short, and often known as Pepin...

The Mayors of the Palace ("major domo") served the Frankish kings as their foremost administrative officials. In 7th century Austrasia, the Mayors increased their power until the kings were merely figureheads. In 751 Pépin the Short deposed king Childeric III and made himself the first Carolingian king of the Franks.


During the 7th century, the office of Mayor of the Palace developed into the true power behind the throne in Austrasia, the northeastern portion of the Kingdom of the Franks under the Merovingian dynasty. The Major Domo held and wielded the real and effective power to make decisions affecting the Kingdom, while in the mid to late Merovingian period, kings had been reduced to performing merely ceremonial functions, which made them little more than nominal kings or figureheads.



The goal of this project is to resolve duplicates, standardize naming conventions, and ensure the quality of the profiles in the family trees of the Mayors of the Palace.

Mayors of the Palace of Austrasia

  • Parthemius (until 548)
  • Gogo (c. 567–581), during the minority of Childebert II
  • Wandalenus (from 581), during the minority of Childebert II
  • Gundulf (from 600), under Theudebert II
  • Landric (until 612), probably also in Neustria
  • Warnachar II (612–617), also in Burgundy
  • Hugh (or Chucus) (617–623), successor of previous
  • Pepin the Elder (623–629), under Dagobert I
  • Adalgisel (633–639)
  • Pepin the Elder (639–640), again
  • Otto (640–642 or 643)
  • Grimoald I 642 or 643–656), died 662
  • Wulfoald (656–680), also in Neustria (673–675)
  • Pepin the Middle (680–714), took the title Duke and Prince of the Franks (dux et princeps Francorum) after his conquest of Neustria in 687
  • Theudoald (714–715), also in Neustria. Illegitimate son of Grimoald II, designated heir of his grandfather Pepin, opposed by the nobility, who acclaimed Charles Martel
  • Charles Martel (715–741), illegitimate son of Pepin the Middle, also in Neustria (718–741)
  • Carloman (741–747), died 754 or 755
  • Drogo (747–751), son of Carloman

Mayors of the Palace of Neustria

  • Landric, under Clotaire II, probably also in Austrasia
  • Gundoland (613 or 616–639)
  • Aega (639–641), also in Burgundy
  • Erchinoald (641–658)
  • Ebroin (658–673), deposed
  • Wulfoald (673–675), also in Austrasia (662–680)
  • Leudesius (675), chosen after previous, then deposed
  • Ebroin (675–680), again
  • Waratton (680 or 681–682), deposed by his son Gistemar
  • Gistemar (682), son of previous, usurper, died 683 or 684
  • Waratton (682–684 or 686), again
  • Berthar (686–688 or 689), son-in-law of previous, lost Battle of Tertry to Pepin the Middle in 687, murdered in 688 or 689
  • Pepin the Middle (688–695), represented in court by his follower Nordebert
  • Grimoald II (695–714), son of Pepin the Middle
  • Theudoald (714–715), also in Austrasia. Illegitimate son of Grimoald II, driven out of Neustria by the nobility, surrendered claim in 716.
  • Ragenfrid (715–718), took power in Neustria in 714 or 715, but defeated by Charles Martel in 717 and definitively in 718 and fled, died 731
  • Charles Martel (718–741), illegitimate son of Pepin the Middle, also in Austrasia (715–741)
  • Pepin the Younger (741 or 742–751), became king of the Franks in 751 (died 768)

Mayors of the Palace of Burgundy

  • Warnachar (596–599)
  • Berthoald (before 603–604)
  • Protadius (604–606)
  • Claudius
  • Rado (613–617)
  • Warnachar II (617–626), also in Austrasia
  • Godinus (626–627)
  • Brodulf (627–628)
  • Aega (639–641), also in Neustria
  • Flaochad (642)
  • Radobertus (642–662)

Hereafter the office was united with that of Neustria, though Burgundy remained a separate realm under the King of Neustria and Burgundy. The administration of Burgundy was briefly separate under

  • Drogo (695–708), son of Pepin the Middle, also duke of Champagne (from 690) and duke of Burgundy from Nordebert's death in 697

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