Martel, Charles

European - (c. 688-741). A king of the Franks. Son of Pepin d'Heristal. Grandfather of Charlemagne. Father of Carloman and Pepin II. In some accounts, he was due to marry the elder daughter of the emperor of Constantinople, Berte, but instead married the younger daughter, Elissent, giving Berte to his vassal, Girart de Roussillon. He later quarrelled with Girart and captured his capital city, Roussillon, but the two were later reconciled. He defeated the Moors led by Abdalrahman at the Battle of Tours in 732. Occasionally known as Martel, Charles, The Hammer or The Hammer.

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