(Pépin le Bref; ca. 714768). Son of Charles* Martel; father of Charlemagne*; king of the Franks 751768; called Pepin III as king of Ger.; with papal blessing he deposed the last of the Merovingian kings 751 and founded the Carolingian dynasty; in return, he conquered the Lombards and by the Donation of Pepin, he gave the pope sovereignty over the exarchate of Ravenna. See also Papacy, 3.
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