Charles MartelCharles Martel 686 CE to 741 CE - The illegitimate son of Pepin of Heristal, the Mayor of the Palace that wielded the power of Francia. After Pepin's death Charles had to wrest control of the kingdom from Pepin's legitimate wife, Plectrude. He used his power to consolidate Gaul under Frankish control. Charles subjugated the pagan Saxons and defended against Islamic advances into Western Europe. He also strengthened relationships with the Papacy.