Charles Martel

688 - 741

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Charles Martel (676-90 – 22 October 741) was a Frankish statesman and military leader who, as Duke and Prince of the Franks and Mayor of the Palace, was the de facto ruler of Francia from 718 until his death. He was a son of the Frankish statesman Pepin of Herstal and Pepin's mistress, a noblewoman named Alpaida. Charles, also known as “The Hammer” (in old French, Martel), successfully asserted his claims to power as successor to his father as the power behind the throne in Frankish politics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Martel has received more than 2,496,574 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Charles Martel is the 9th most popular military personnel (down from 8th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Military Personnel.

Charles Martel is most famous for his victory over the Muslims at the Battle of Tours in 732.

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Among military personnels, Charles Martel ranks 9 out of 1,466Before him are Joan of Arc, Timur, Spartacus, Charles de Gaulle, Erwin Rommel, and Karl Dönitz. After him are Adolf Eichmann, William Wallace, Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, Khalid ibn al-Walid, and Cao Cao.

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Among people born in 688, Charles Martel ranks 1After him are Roderic, Marwan II, and Jianzhen. Among people deceased in 741, Charles Martel ranks 1After him are Leo III the Isaurian, Pope Gregory III, and Theudoald.

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Among people born in Belgium, Charles Martel ranks 5 out of 899Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500), Jan van Eyck (1395), Pepin the Short (715), and Audrey Hepburn (1929). After him are Clovis I (466), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Andreas Vesalius (1514), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908), and Anthony van Dyck (1599).


Among military personnels born in Belgium, Charles Martel ranks 1After him are Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (1559), Maxime Weygand (1867), Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz (1787), and Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880).