Chrodobert (Robert) II DE NEUSTRIE, Lord Chancellor
(-Aft 678)
(-Bef 677)
Lambert DE HESBAYE, Count of Haspengau
(-By 741)
Chrotrudis DE HESBAYE, Duchess of Austrasia
(Abt 690-725)


Family Links

Charles "Martel" NIBELUNG

Chrotrudis DE HESBAYE, Duchess of Austrasia

  • Born: Abt 690, Moselle, Austrasia, France
  • Married: 706
  • Died: 725

  Research Notes:

The Annales Laureshamenses record the death in 724 of "Hortrudis". The Annales Mosellani record the death in 725 of "Chrothrud". Settipani quotes a name list in the Liber confraternitatum augiensis which reads in part "Karolus maior domus, Pippin rex…Karolus imperator…Ruadtrud, Ruadheid, Svanahild regina, Bertha regina, Hiltikart regina, Fastrat regina, Liutkart regina…". He makes the obvious links between "Karolus maior domus…Svanahild regina", "Pippin rex…Bertha regina" and "Karolus imperator…Hiltikart regina, Fastrat regina, Liutkart regina", deducing that "Ruadtrud, Ruadheid" must also be linked logically to "Karolus maior domus" because of the order in which the names are listed. The Annales Petaviani record the death in 725 of "Chrotrudis" but do not specify that she was Charles’s wife. 1


"...Rotrude is believed to be the daughter of Lambert, Count of Hesbaye, although this designation is not without controversy, as discussed below. She is also referred to as Rotrude of Treves.

Traditionally, the information available about the family background of Rotrude was the indication that Wido (Guy), Count of Hornbach and Lay Abbot of Fontenelle, was a propinquus of Martel. This kinship term, vague enough, means a close relationship with women: a brother, a cousin by women or a cousin by marriage. Wido is the brother of Milo, Bishop of Trier, and son of Saint Leudwinus, Bishop of Trier.

Christian Settipani, in his seminal work on the ancestors of Charlemagne, details an analysis by Anton Halbedel, first issued in 1915, and echoed by historians Jean Depoin, Maurice Chaume and Szabolcs Vajay. According to this analysis, the word propinquus implies "brother", so that Wido was Rotrude’s brother. Rotrude has therefore often been identified as the daughter of Saint Leudwinus.

However, in Settipani’s Addendum to the Ancestors of Charlemagne, he returns to this problem, reflecting thoughts of medieval history professor Richard Gerberding, who believed that Rotrude’s background was related directly to the Robertians. He noted that Charles Martel had three wives and that Wido may be a relative of the other two.

Settipani concludes that Rotrude was the daughter of Lambert, Count of Hesbaye, and so sister of Robert I, Duke of Neustria. In addition, Rotrude’s sister was named Landrada and was married to Sigramnus, Count of Hesbaye.... 2

  Marriage Information:

Chrotrudis married Charles "Martel" NIBELUNG, son of Pépin II "le Gros" NIBELUNG, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, and Alpais (Chalpaida), in 706. (Charles "Martel" NIBELUNG was born about 688 in Heristal, , Neustria, died on 16 Oct 741 in Quierzy-Sur-Oise, Aisne, France and was buried in église de l'abbaye royale de Saint Denis.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Charles "Martel".

2 Wikipedia, Rotrude of Hesbaye, citing Settipani, Christian, Les Ancêtres de Charlemagne, Paris, 1989, Gerberding, Richard A., The Rise of the Carolingians and the Liber Hisgtoriae Francorum, Oxford University Press, 1987, and Claussen, M. A., The Reform of the Frankish Church: Chrodegang of Metz and the Regula Canonicorum in the Eighth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2004..

Home | Table of Contents | Surnames | Name List

This Web Site was Created 30 Nov 2015 with Legacy 4.0 from Millennia