Charles Martel was born in the palace of Austrasia – which it turns out is neither in Australia nor Austria. If you’re confused, just imagine being French without a France. Austrasia was one of four provinces of what would eventually become medieval France, and Charles Martel would be its first leader. As the founder of a nation that has persisted to the present day, his battles, family, and faith would establish an identity in Western Europe that would make even the least proud Frenchman say, “Mon Dieu!”

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Reading list:
The Path of the Martyrs: Charles Martel, The Battle of Tours and the Birth of Europe – Ed West 
The Battle of Tours: The History and Legacy of the Decisive Battle Between the Moors and Franks in France – Charles River Editors 



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Charles Martel