Theuderic IV

Theuderic IV
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Theuderic IV from Guillaume Rouillé's Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
King of the Franks
PredecessorChilperic II
SuccessorHiatus(next Childeric III)
Mayor of the PalaceCharles Martel
Bornc. 714
Died737 (aged 22–23)
FatherDagobert III

Theuderic IV (c. 714 – 737) or Theuderich, Theoderic, or Theodoric; in French, Thierry was the Merovingian King of the Franks from 721 until his death in 737. He was the son of king Dagobert III;[1] his date of birth is not well known but between 712 and 716 [2].

During his reign, his realm was controlled by the mayor of the palace, Charles Martel, who kept him in custody, first in Chelles Abbey, then in Château-Thierry.

After his death, the Frankish throne remained vacant for seven years, until Pepin the Short arranged for Childeric III, the last Merovingian king, to succeed him.


  1. ^ Rosenwein, Barbara H. (2014). A Short History of the Middle Ages (4 ed.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto. p. 62. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Theodoric IV". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
Preceded by
Chlothar IV
Chilperic II
King of the Franks
Succeeded by
Charles Martel