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King Charles the Hammer

(Charles Martel) Mayor of the Palace and ruled the Franks in the name of a titular King (688 – 741 AD)

Charles Martel was born in Herstal (near Liège), Charles was the illegitimate son of King Pepin II. His nickname comes from his impressive height and strength. He was a brilliant soldier, and gained control of the Frankish kingdoms of Austrasia, Neustria and Burgundy (covering most of modern France and the western part of Germany). His most famous victory was at the Battle of Tours in 732 when the Frankish army defeated the Moorish army and ended Moorish expansion into France from Spain. The Carolingian dynasty of Frankish kings is named after him, and his successors would go on to become Holy Roman Emperors.

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