Charles Martel (c. 689 - 741)

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Mayor of the palace of Austrasia (the eastern Frankish kingdom).

After the death (714) of his father Pepin of Herstal, Charles, an illegitimate son, competed for the succession with Pepin's widow, Plectrude, who was regent for her grandsons. Successful by 719, Charles extended his rule over all the Franks. In 732 near Poitiers, he defeated the invading Muslims.
 
 

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