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Friday, April 18, 2014

Charles the Hammer, Duke and Prince of the Franks #52ancestors

Charles "The Hammer" Martel was the defacto King of the Franks from 737-741 (Officially he was Duke and Prince of the Franks). He was also known as a great general, and is most famous for his victory at the Battle of Tours, in which he defeated an invading Muslim army and halted northward Islamic expansion in western Europe.  
Martel was the son of Pepin II and his concubine, Alpaida.
Around 670, Pepin had married Plectrude, who had inherited substantial estates in the Moselle region. She was the mother of Drogo of Champagne and Grimoald, both of whom died before their father. However, Pepin also had a mistress named Alpaida (or Chalpaida) who bore him two more sons: Charles and Childebrand. Charles had gained favor among the Austrasians, primarily for his military prowess and ability to keep them well supplied with booty from his conquests. Despite the efforts of Plectrude to silence her rival's child by imprisoning him, he became the sole mayor of the palace --and de facto ruler of Francia-- after a civil war which lasted for more than three years after Pepin's death.
Martel was also grandfather to Charlemagne.
Charles Martel married twice:
His first wife was Rotrude of Treves, (690-724) (daughter of St. Leutwinus, Bishop of Treves). They had the following children:
  • Hiltrud (d. 754), married Odilo I, Duke of Bavaria
  • Carloman
  • Landrade (Landres), married Sigrand, Count of Hesbania
  • Auda, Aldana, or Alane, married Thierry IV, Count of Autun and Toulouse
  • Pippin the Short
His second wife was Swanhild. They had the following child:
* Grifo
Charles Martel also had a mistress, Ruodhaid. They had the following children:
* Bernard (b. before 732-787)
* Hieronymus
* Remigius, archbishop of Rouen (d. 771)
* Ian (d. 783)
notes or source:
The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James
harles "Martel", Prince of the Franks is your 33rd great grandfather.
You 
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  Mary Whitledge Grant 
his mother →  William Grant, of Crichie 
her father →  Elizabeth Grant 
his mother → William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain 
her father →  William Leslie, Ninth Baron of Balquhain 
his father →  John Leslie, Eighth Baron of Balquhain 
his father → Elizabeth Ogilvy 
his mother →  Margaret Sinclair of Deskford 
her mother →  Sir John Sinclair of Deskford 
her father →  Richard Sinclair of Deskford 
his father → Isabel Graham of Strathearn 
his mother →  Malise, 8th Earl of Strathearn 
her father →  Agnes Comyn 
his mother →  Sir Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan 
her father → William Comyn, 1st Earl of Buchan 
his father →  Hextilda Countess of Atholl Comyn 
his mother →  Uchtred FitzWalthe, Lord of Tynedale 
her father → Judith de Lens, Countess of Huntingdon 
his mother →  Lambert II de Boulogne, comte de Lens 
her father →  Mahaut de Louvaine 
his mother → Lambert I, graaf van Leuven en Brussel 
her father →  Régnier III, comte de Hainaut 
his father →  Regnier II, count of Hainaut 
his father → Hersende de Lorraine 
his mother →  Charles II "the Bald", Western Emperor 
her father →  Emperor Louis I 'The Pious', son of Charlemagne & Hildegard 
his father →  Charlemagne 
his father →  Pépin III "le Bref", King of the Franks 
his father →  Charles "Martel", Prince of the Franks 
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