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The area constituted a convenient staging post from which to launch raids on Frankish territory further to the south.The first Frisian land to be ceded to the Danes was Rstringen, on the mouth of the river Weser in upper Frisia (north-west Germany), which was granted to Harald King of Denmark in 826.The name "Holland" is now frequently used to refer to the whole nation of The Netherlands, but this is incorrect, similar to saying "England" when one wishes to refer to "Great Britain".The present document sets out the dukes and counts of Frisia, the counts of Holland, and the counts of the adjacent counties which were eventually incorporated into The Netherlands. The Continuator of Fredegar states that Radbod was defeated by Pepin "le Gros", maior domus of Austrasia, at Duurstede in [692/97], and that he made a treaty with Ragamfred maior domus of Neustria in .The Annales Fuldenses record the baptism of "Herioldus cum uxore et magna Danorum multitudine" at Mainz It is clear that the Carolingian Frankish kings of Lotharingia did not relinquish their claim to jurisdiction over Frisia despite Viking encroachment, as shown by the Annales Bertiniani which record that Emperor Lothaire I gave Frisia to his son the future King Lothaire II in 855After Godefrid was killed in 885, the emperor appointed the Saxon Graf Eberhard as duke and, after Eberhard was murdered in 898, his brother Meginhard was appointed.No later mention of this imperially created Frisian duchy has been found in the primary sources so far consulted and it is assumed that it lapsed as separate counties developed in Frisia.
Other names of 9th and 10th century northern Lotharingian nobility also suggest a Danish origin, notably Reginar (the name of several comtes de Hainaut, see the document HAINAUT).
The Continuator of Fredegar records that Grimoald was murdered by a Frisian in 714, and that Charles "Martel" "conquered" (presumably meaning reconquered) the territory in 719Frisia's marshy terrain made it relatively inaccessible by land.