Friday, March 2, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 8th secular

Charles Martel, 714-747
- his name meant Charles “the Hammer,” was the son of Pepin II, and ally of the Lombard dukes in Italy - in 732, the Arabs came boiling up out of Spain (which they had recently conquered from the Visigoths), aiming to conquer the Frankish empire as well - Charles Martel met them outside the town of Tours and defeated the Arabs - in the West this was the high point of the Muslim advance
- he continued to consolidate his power - in 739 Pope Gregory III appealed to him for help against the Lombards

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