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Today's peaceful village was the site of a major
villaor palatiumin the Merovingianand Carolingianeras, and the site of assemblies of the Frankish nobles, of synods of bishops and abbots and other important events. Here Charles Marteldied, 22 October 741, and it was probably at Quierzy that Charlemagnewas born the following 2 April.
The name of the place appears variously in documents: "Cariciacum, Carisiacum, Charisagum, Karisiacum". Of the royal residence of the Merovingians and the house of Pepin, only traces of earthworks remain, in fields outside Quierzy, in the direction of Manicamp. The early medieval Château de Quierzy on the bank of the Oise, rebuilt in the fifteenth century as the fortress of the bishops of Noyon, survives as a single tower.
Quierzy was already a significant stronghold of
Neustriarecorded in events in the Chronicle of Fredegarat the opening of the seventh century, when Protadius, the mayor of the palace of Burgundy was the noble lover of Brunhilda, the grandmother of and regent for King Theuderic II. Brunhilda pressured her grandson to go to war against her other grandson, Theudebert II of Austrasia, but when Theuderic assembled the army at Quierzy in 606, the men did not want to fight their fellow Franks: Protadius was promptly killed by the warriors, who forced the king to sign a treaty.
In January 754
Pepin the Shortreceived Pope Stephen IIat Quierzy, and his decision was taken to adopt the Roman liturgy and Gregorian chant in his domaines. The Donation of Pippinis alleged to have been made at Quierzy to Pope Stephen II, granting him the Exarchate of Ravenna. For his part the pope legitimized the Carolingians. Charlemagne confirmed this donation in 774, in Rome.
Pepin spent the winter of 762 at Quierzy. Charlemagne convoked an assembly of the nobles here in January 775, in preparation of his invasion of Saxony. In 804
Pope Leo IIImet Charlemagne at Quierzy before proceeding to Aachen. In December 842 Charles the Baldmarried Ermentrude d'Orléans at Quierzy.
In the ninth century several
councils of Quierzydebated contentious issues. At the synod of 853, the famous four decrees or chapters ("capitula") drawn up by Hincmar, archbishop of Reims, on the questions of predestinationwere published, and Gottschalkcondemned.
Capitulary of Quierzywas promulgated in June 877 [A former capitulary of Charles the Bald was promulgated at Quierzy on February 14, 857, and aimed especially at the repression of brigandage.] by the emperor Charles the Bald, comprising a series of measures for safeguarding the administration of his realm during his second Italian expedition, as well as directions for his son Louis the Stammerer, who was entrusted with the government during his father's absence. A great concourse of lords was assembled to hear it read. In this document Charles took elaborate precautions against Louis the German, whom he had every reason to distrust. He forbids him to sojourn in certain palaces and in certain forests, and compels him to swear not to despoil his stepmother Richilde of her allodial lands and benefices.
At the same time Charles refuses to allow Louis to nominate his candidates to the countships left vacant in the emperor's absence. The capitulary thus served as a guarantee to the
aristocracythat the general usage would be followed in the existing circumstances, and also as a means of reassuring the counts who had accompanied the emperor into Italy as to the fate of their benefices.
In the following century, however,
Vikingraids destroyed the "palatium", and Hugh Capetgave his lands at Quierzy to the bishop of Noyon, who built a fortress to serve in confrontations with the powerful lords of Coucy.In ensuing centuries, the lands of Quierzy passed successively to the Chérisy, the Montmorency, the Roye, the Halluin, the Brûlart and Bussy-Rabutin families, until the French Revolution.
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