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Charles Martel - Documentary
He was born the illegitimate son of duke Pepin II, and after his father's death he was imprisoned in Cologne to prevent him from seizing power during the period of political unrest that followed the Duke's passing. Only a year later, a civil war broke out, and Charles escaped; still much loved by the Austrasian nobles, they made him their mayor. The Battle of Cologne was a disastrous one for Charles, but it would the only loss in his long and successful military career. One year after his defeat at Cologne, Charles and his army returned and defeated the Neustrains in the decisive Battle of Vincy. He then set out to deal with Plectrude, the late Duke's wife and his original jailer. He took her city and dispersed her followers, but in a show of kindness rare in those times, he allowed her and her young son to live. Next, he turned his attention outward, focusing his campaigns on the dependent Germanic tribes until all of Germany was once more a part of the Frankish kingdom.
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Born to rule
He is the grandfather of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor. Pippin was the mayor of the palace to the King of the Franks and essentially ruled Francia France and Germany today in his place. Shortly before Pippin's death in , his first wife, Plectrude, convinced him to disinherit his other children in favor of his 8-year-old grandson Theudoald.
He reunited and ruled the entire Frankish realm and defeated a sizable Muslim raiding party at Poitiers in By this period the Merovingian kings of the Frankish realm were rulers in name only. The burden of rule lay upon the mayors of the palace, who governed Austrasia, the eastern part of the Frankish kingdom, and Neustria , its western portion. Neustria bitterly resented its conquest and annexation in by Pippin, who, acting in the name of the king, had reorganized and reunified the Frankish realm. As an illegitimate son, Charles Martel was entirely neglected in the will. But he was young, strong, and determined, and an intense struggle for power at once broke out in the Frankish kingdom.
Charles Martel c. Continuing and building on his father's work, he restored centralized government in Francia and began the series of military campaigns that re-established the Franks as the undisputed masters of all Gaul. According to a near-contemporary source, the Liber Historiae Francorum , Charles was "a warrior who was uncommonly [ Alongside his military endeavours, Charles has been traditionally credited with a seminal role in the development of the Frankish system of feudalism. At the end of his reign, Charles divided Francia between his sons, Carloman and Pepin. The latter became the first king of the Carolingian dynasty.
A ruthless and successful warlord who played a pivotal role, as mayor of the palace — , in the rise to royal and imperial rank of the carolingian dynasty which carried his name lat. Carolus ; b. Quierzy, Oct. Nothing is known of the first 26 years of Charles's life. In the turmoil following Pepin II's death, Charles was seen as a threat within the family by Plectrude, Pepin's widow, who had him imprisoned.