Emperor Charlemagne De Herstal (I39596)748 - 814 (65 years)
Name Charlemagne De Herstal [1, 2, 3, 4] Title Emperor Relationship with Albert Leopold Vitter Birth 2 Apr 748 Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany [1, 3, 4] Gender Male Occupation Between 9 Oct 768 and 28 Jan 814 [1, 3] King of the Franks (starting 9 Oct 768 AD), King of the Lombards (starting 10 Jul 774 AD), and King of the Romans and Holy Roman Emperor (starting 25 Dec 800 AD) Charlemagne Crowned By Pope Leo III Military Service Major military leader who unified Europe and called the "Father of Europe." He fought against the Saxons to the East, the Moors/Muslims in Spain, and the Lombards in Italy. [1, 3] Death 28 Jan 814 Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany [1, 3] Burial 28 Jan 814 Aachen Cathedral, Shrine of Karl der Große (Charlemagne), Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  Siblings 1 brother and 2 sisters 1. Emperor Charlemagne De Herstal (current person), b. 2 Apr 748, Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany d. 28 Jan 814, Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (Age 65 years)
▻Régina, b. Abt 780 d. 844 (Age ~ 64 years), m. concubine
▻Ethelind d. DECEASED
▻Queen Désirée De Lombardie d. DECEASED , m. 25 Dec 770, Mayence, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
▻Queen Consort Himiltrude D'Alémanie, b. Abt 742 d. Abt 780 (Age ~ 38 years), m. Abt 771
▻Queen Hildegard Von Vinzgau De Bavière, b. 4 May 757, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany d. 30 Apr 783, Thionville, Moselle, Lorraine, France (Age 25 years), m. 30 Apr 771, Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
▻Queen Fastrada De Franconie, b. Abt 765 d. 10 Aug 794, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany (Age ~ 29 years), m. 1 Oct 783, Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
▻Queen Consort Luitgard d. 4 Jun 800 , m. 794
▻Gersuinda d. Aft 800 , m. Abt 800
2. Hermengarde De France, b. 750 d. 787 (Age 37 years)
▻Graf Isembart D'Altorf, II, b. 735 d. 805 (Age 70 years)
3. King Carloman De France, II, b. 28 Jun 751 d. 4 Dec 771 (Age 20 years)
▻Queen Gerberga d. DECEASED
4. Isberge De France, b. Abt 759 d. Abt 810 (Age ~ 51 years)
▻Rothard De Baviere, II, b. Abt 735 d. Abt 805 (Age ~ 70 years)
Person ID I39596 Vitter-Weaver Genealogy | Jeff Vitter's Ancestor Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Father King Pépin De France, III dit le Bref, b. Abt 714 d. 24 Sep 768 (Age ~ 54 years) Mother Queen Berthe Da Laon, dite Aux Grands Pieds, b. Abt 720, Laon, Aisne, Picardie, France d. 21 Jul 783, Choisy-au-Bac, Oise, Picardie, France (Age ~ 63 years) Family ID F29918 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 1 Régina, b. Abt 780 d. 844 (Age ~ 64 years) Marriage concubine [3, 5] Children 1. Drogo De Herstal, b. 801 d. DECEASED 2. Hugues De France, b. 802 d. 7 Jun 844, Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France (Age 42 years) Family ID F55976 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 2 Ethelind d. DECEASED Children 1. Richbod De Herstal, b. 805 d. 844 (Age 39 years) 2. Theodoric De Herstal, b. 807 d. DECEASED Family ID F57412 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 3 Queen Désirée De Lombardie d. DECEASED Marriage 25 Dec 770 Mayence, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany [3, 5] Annulled 771 [3, 5] Family ID F29919 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 4 Queen Consort Himiltrude D'Alémanie, b. Abt 742 d. Abt 780 (Age ~ 38 years) Marriage Abt 771 [1, 3, 5, 6] Children 1. Cunégonde D' Austrasie, b. Bef 760 d. 835 (Age > 75 years) 2. Prince Pépin De Herstal, dit le Bossu (the Hunchback), b. Abt 768 d. 811, Prüm, Bitburg-Prum, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (Age ~ 43 years) 3. Armaudru De Herstal d. DECEASED 4. Ida De France d. DECEASED Family ID F37649 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 5 Queen Hildegard Von Vinzgau De Bavière, b. 4 May 757, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany d. 30 Apr 783, Thionville, Moselle, Lorraine, France (Age 25 years) Marriage 30 Apr 771 Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany [1, 3, 5] Children 1. King Charles De Herstal, dit le Jeune, b. Abt 772 d. 4 Dec 811 (Age ~ 39 years) 2. Adelaïde De Herstal, b. 773 d. 774 (Age 1 year) 3. Rotrude De France, b. 1 Jan 775, Aachen, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany d. 6 Jun 810 (Age 35 years) 4. Berthe De France, b. Abt 775, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany d. 11 Mar 824 (Age ~ 49 years) 5. King Pépin Carloman De Herstal, I, b. Apr 777 d. 8 Jul 810, Milan, Milano, Lombardia, Italy (Age ~ 33 years) 6. Emperor Louis, I dit le Pieux, b. 16 Apr 778, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France d. 20 Jun 840, Ingelheim, Mainz-Bingen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (Age 62 years) 7. Lothair De Herstal, b. 16 Apr 778 d. Between 779 and 780 (Age 0 years) 8. Gisela De Herstal, b. 781 d. 808 (Age 27 years) 9. Hildegarde De Herstal, b. 782 d. 783 (Age 1 year) Family ID F29346 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 6 Queen Fastrada De Franconie, b. Abt 765 d. 10 Aug 794, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany (Age ~ 29 years) Marriage 1 Oct 783 Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany [3, 5] Children 1. Théodrade De France, b. 785 d. 853 (Age 68 years) 2. Hiltrude De France, b. 787 d. DECEASED 3. Redburge De France d. DECEASED Family ID F37652 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 7 Queen Consort Luitgard d. 4 Jun 800 Marriage 794 [3, 5] Family ID F37653 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
Family 8 Gersuinda d. Aft 800 Marriage Abt 800 Children 1. Adaltrude De Herstal, b. 774 d. DECEASED Family ID F57413 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 23 Oct 2023
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Documents Charlemagne Lineage Document
Histories How the Vitters Got to Clerval
19 years after Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment, Jean-Pierre Vitter resolves the mystery of where in Europe the Vitter family came from originally and how they got to France in the late 1700s.
Genealogy Charts Ancestors of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor (748–814 AD)
Co-host Jeff Vitter of the website vitter.org is a 39th great grandson of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne de Herstal. Charlemagne's ancestors include several other kings and queens, as well as several saints and bishops. His 8th great grandparents were Clovis I and Clotilde, the first king and queen of France, in the 5th and 6th centuries. You…
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19 years after Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment described above, Jean-Pierre Vitter resolves the mystery of where in Europe the Vitter family came from originally and how they got to France in the late 1700s.
- [S1703] Thierry Sudre, Family Database of Thierry Sudre, Ancestors and Descendants of Louis De Pujol (1656–1728).
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- [S890] Wikipedia, Himiltrude.
Himiltrude (c. 742-c.780?) was the mother of Charlemagne's first-born son Pippin the Hunchback. She was acknowledged by Pope Stephen III as the wife of Charlemagne, however, is often referred to as a concubine.
Little is known about Himiltrude's origins. Paulus Diaconus calls her a "noble girl". The appearance of her name in the fraternity books of Alemannian monasteries may suggest an affiliation with the Germanic Alemannian or Alsatian nobility, while other sources make her the daughter of a Burgundian count and a granddaughter of Grimbert I, Count of Paris. It is not possible, however, to extrapolate any political ramifications from Charlemagne's relationship with Himiltrude.
Himiltrude probably entered into a relationship with Charlemagne during the lifetime of his father, Pepin the Younger. When Charlemagne acceded to the throne in 768, Himiltrude remained unnamed in official sources – contrary to the example set by Charlemagne's mother, Bertrada of Laon. Himiltrude bore Charles a son called Pépin. Shortly after Pepin's birth, an alliance was formulated between Charlemagne and the King of the Lombards, Desiderius. To seal the alliance, it was agreed that Charlemagne should marry Desiderius' daughter (called Desiderata by modern scholars).
Himiltrude was dismissed at that time and disappears from historical records. A grave excavated in the monastery of Nivelles was found to contain the corpse of a forty-year-old woman, possibly identifiable with Himiltrude. If so, Himiltrude would appear to have died long after 770, although if and when she retired to Nivelles cannot be deduced.
Her son Pépin, who suffered from a spinal deformity and was called "the Hunchback", was eclipsed by Charlemagne's sons from his later marriage to Hildegard. Following an attempted rebellion against his father, Pepin was confined to a monastery.
The nature of Himiltrude's relationship to Charlemagne is a matter of dispute. Charlemagne's biographer Einhard calls her a "concubine" and Paulus Diaconus speaks of Pippin's birth "before legal marriage", whereas a letter by Pope Stephen III refers to Charlemagne and his brother Carloman as being already married (to Himiltrude and Gerberga), and advises them not to dismiss their wives.
Historians have interpreted the information in different ways. Some, such as Pierre Riché, follow Einhard in describing Himiltrude as a concubine. Others, Dieter Hägemann for example, consider Himiltrude a wife in the full sense. Still others subscribe to the idea that the relationship between the two was "something more than concubinage, less than marriage" and describe it as a Friedelehe, a supposed form of marriage unrecognized by the Church and easily dissolvable. This form of relationship is often seen in a conflict between Christian marriage and more flexible Germanic concepts.
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