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Bertrada 'The Elder' of Prum

Bertrada 'The Elder' of Prum

Female 670 - Aft 720  (~ 51 years)

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  • Name Bertrada 'The Elder' of Prum 
    Nickname Berthe, Bertree 
    Born c. 670 
    Gender Female 
    History Bertrada (b. ca. 670; d. after 721), also called Berthe or Bertree, is known to be the mother of Charibert of Laon, with whom she is co-founder and benefactor of the Prüm Abbey. They founded the abbey in 721.

    Through Charibert's daughter Bertrada of Laon, wife of Pippin the Short, Bertrada is the great-grandmother of Charlemagne. Her husband is unknown for certain, but Settippani believes that he was a son of an Irmina, in turn a daughter of Hugobert, and Chariveus, Count of Laon.

    Bertrada and her husband had three children:

    Hardrad (d. after 720)
    Charibert of Laon
    Weta, married Cario.
    Three alternative solutions to the question of her parentage have been suggested:

    She was daughter of the seneschal and Pfalzgraf Hugobert and Irmina of Oeren
    She was the daughter-in-law of Irmina (d. ca 704), daughter of Hugobert and Irmina, and her husband Charveus, Count of Laon, brother of Lambert, Count of Hesbaye
    She was daughter of Theuderic III, king of Neustria and Austrasia, and Clotilda of Herstal.
    The last two possibilities are not mutually exclusive, and are supported by Settipani.
      [1
    History Bertrada, also called Berthe or Bertree, and perhaps a Merovingian princess, was born about 670. She is known to be the mother of Heribert/Caribert of Laon, with whom she was co-founder and benefactor of the Benedictine abbey of Prüm, which they founded in 721. Through Heribert\'s daughter Bertrada of Laon, wife of Pippin \'the Short\', king of the Franks. Bertrada is the great-grandmother of Charlemagne.

    Two alternative hypotheses to the question of Bertrada\'s parentage have been suggested: that she was the daughter of the seneschal and Pfalzgraf Hugobert and Irmina of Oeren; or that she was the daughter of Theudoric III, king of Neustria and Austrasia, and Clotilda of Heristal.

    It is not known when Bertrada died, but it was after 721.

    The abbey of Prüm became the favourite monastery of the Carolingians and received large endowments and privileges. In 882 and 892 the monastery was plundered and devastated by the Normans. In 1801 it fell to France and was secularised. Today the remaining monastic buildings are used for the secondary school the \'Regino-Gymnasium\', named after Abbot Regino of Prüm.  [2
    Died Aft 720 
    Person ID I597  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2018 

    Father Hugobert, Senechall, Pfalzgraf,   d. Abt 697 
    Mother Irmina,   d. Aft 710 
    Family ID F864  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Charibert (Caribert) (Heribert) of Laon,   d. Be 762
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F863  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bertrada Castle
    Bertrada Castle

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrada_of_Prüm.

    2. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020921&tree=LEO.