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b. 720, Laon, France; d. 783, France

Bertha, also called Bertrada and “Bertha with the big feet,” became queen of the Franks by marrying King Pippin III. She was the mother of Charlemagne and Carloman, both kings, and of Gisela. Bertha was an important royal figure with political power at court, during the reign of both her husband (751–768) and son Charlemagne (768–814). She lived with her son until her death.