***Bringing Back Our History***
PTD and Resurgence Media will continue to salute the warriors, pioneers, innovators, great thinkers and leaders that helped form and shape our once great civilizations.
Today we salute you: Charles Martel (688–741)
Charles Martel was a Frankish ruler whose military successes were a foundation of the Carolingian dynasty, who ruled what is now France until the tenth century. By 718 he had assumed his father’s place as the de facto ruler of Austrasia (Northern Kingdom of the Franks). Charles consolidated his power through military might — he earned the name Martel, which means “The Hammer.” His victory in October of 732 at the Battle of Tours is considered a major turning point in European history because it stopped the Muslim advance from Spain. Charles died in 741 and divided the control of his kingdom between his two sons, Pepin (known as Pepin the Short) and Carloman. Pepin was the first of the Carolingian line to claim the title king; Pepin’s son was Charlemagne.