18 Responses to Charles Martel Lives

  • About damn time, I say.

    YouTube has several vids of people chanting anti-Islam slogans at soccer games and elsewhere in Poland. I won’t post links to them. The language does not fit this blog.
    Islam understands one thing….force. Hit them in the mouth and they will run.

  • Oh, and if the Roman Pontiff doesn’t like it he can go find another church to screw up.

  • . The problem with the full force sucker punch though and this variant which signals by body approach a bit before being thrown….is the concrete sidewalk meeting the head like that. We have two guys in this NY harbor area from different years…serving sentences in prison for manslaughter for this kind of surprise or almost surprise punch which killed their opponents…one guy died several days after the punch.
    These black/ white…migrant/native fights in Europe are far more extant ( see youtube…migrants attack….etc. ) than we realize from our sanitized US news and have many there on edge and ready for the next one. This Catholic was stewing about the whole matrix or syndrome long before throwing this left hook….that punch had emotional history behind it but realistically, in the US, he could have ended up in jail or paying a law suit or both because the other had not attacked him physically.

  • Someone forgot to turn the other cheek. Understandable under the circumstances,

  • Saw the video but without sound,thanks to your explanation now I understand why he decked the guy

  • I saw the video, too, and without an explanation, would not have understood it. I wonder if the fellow who threw the punch knew the other fellow. There seemed to be little time to say “Hey, buddy, leave us alone. We don’t want trouble,” etc.

  • And not to be dismissed is the that the whole thing was a set-up. The knock-out came just too fast after the guy showed up. Catholic agitprop.

  • One man threw a punch. The rest of Europe is out to lunch.
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    Obama would prosecute it as a hate crime, scream “Islamo-phobia,” and issue an executive order banning more guns
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    The elites and leftists are at war with “the West.”

  • Notice how much bigger the aggressor is, yet our hero scores a KO with 1 punch.
    How?…Because God is behind that punch all the way. Don’t kid yourself otherwise.
    A small answer to our many prayers.

  • The blood of the Hammer runs in his veins.

    I had a commenter lamenting on the rise of the beta male in the Church overall. I think the pendulum will begin to swing in the other direction.

    I think the punch thrown was based off all the righteous anger that is beginning to build within many there in Europe. Notice he was observing the threat early on in the video. For all he knew that guy was going to pull a knife or some other weapon.

    After studying Iraqis up close during my deployment, the tribal use of force seemed to be the only way to get their attention. Raw, naked force is the only thing they respect.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LhzViDsv3k

    Dr. Bill Warner on what he calls The Doctrine of Cowardice. He targets the cowardice of the American Church and their failure to the persecuted Church around the world.

  • Someone forgot to turn the other cheek.

    That wasn’t insult– that was preparation for an attack.

    Was he supposed to wait until the woman on her bare knees in the front was bloody on the ground before he responded? She would be a prime target– tall, focused, and obviously dedicated, to be kneeling like that without even fidgeting.
    The guy who walked up trying out drown out the prayer walked by at least once before that we have on video; the sound would keep anyone from being able to hear him approaching for another attack until after there was at least one body on the ground, and it is not improbable that he had someone there with him.
    The little guy apparently has some exposure to modern threat/defense training.

  • (Incidentally, last research I heard into ancient culture, “turn the other cheek” is one of several insulting wrongs where His suggestion did the same sort of harm to the one wronged– but also turned it around so the other was insulted; my favorite is the one where Roman military was allowed to force you to carry things for the initial distance… so if you carry it twice as far, they could get in trouble; the culture Jesus was dealing with was so tied up in insult and honor that it is really, really hard to wrap your mind around it. Imagine an entire culture of touchy gang-type thugs that don’t have the judgement issues that go with that weakness in our culture.)

  • Didn’t St Nicholas punch that heretic Arius in the face at the Council of Nicea?
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    That Musloid got what he fully deserved.

  • Arminius, you learned in Iraq exactly what was learned by the Church in ages past, and thrown away by Nostra Aetate. Punch Islam hard enough in the mouth and it will recede.

    Islam, sub Sarahan Africa, India,China…none of them did what Christian Europe did, which was to seek out and colonize the New World (this happened while Christian Europe punched Islam in the mouth).

  • The other guy was taller, but our slugger was not really small – he looked pretty solid and put every ounce of it into that left hook. WOW!

  • Now that’s dialogue Islam can wrap its head around.

  • Every revolution begins with a first shot.

Terror Strikes Bastille Day

Thursday, July 14, AD 2016

 

 

At least 30 dead in Nice, France as Islamic terrorists continue their war against all who are not them:

 

A spokesman for the Alpes Maritime prefecture advised locals to ‘stay indoors’ as gunfire was heard, and a lorry was driven into a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, Peter Allen reports.

Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic. 

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.  

“It is absolute chaos,” said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary.

“There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.

“Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers.  Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away. Gunmen are meant to be targeting hotels.” 

The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.

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  • Here is a video far more graphic only for those who need to feel the reality of maiming….which may be no one…

    https://pamelageller.com/2016/07/graphic-raw-footage-of-nice-terror-attack-up-to-50-dead.html/

    The UN and the Hague need to make the violence believing sectors of Islam unlawful under international law and related mosques worldwide should be shut…as an initial step. All countries should deport any muslims linked to such schools of thought to the Mideast. They are a cancer on the world.

  • The symbolism of the date of the attack will be lost on no one. It is the bloody protest of superstition and ignorance against the triumph of liberty and enlightenment (the two are inseparable)

  • Actually the triumph of the French Revolution was the triumph of totalitarianism ending in military dictatorship. As for its “enlightenment” what was good in it was not original, and what was original in it wasn’t good.

  • Here’s the problem. Millions of Muslims are at war. Dem and GOP oligarchs are fanning Black Lives Matter riots. And, America is playing Pokémon-Go.
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    The warden and I went to the 9/11 Memorial on Tuesday evening – free pass, senior. It was okay. I saw pictures of people I had worked with, and Rick Rescorla – whose story everyone should know. It brought back memories. One disappointment: it omits memorializing hundreds of people who jumped rather than be burned to death. Give me ten minutes with the duds that decided to dilute/whitewash the horror.
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    Political correctness kills.

  • Have you ever noticed that these days the really horrific violence seems to be coming from one of three places?
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    (a) Muslim fanatics jazzed up on testosterone and demonism
    (b) Black gangsters incited into racism by the President, murdering other blacks, white people and police
    (c) White liberal progressive Democrats shooting children in schools and murdering children in the womb.
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    You gotta know who your enemies are. They are NOT:
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    (a) The Muslim engineers and scientists who just want a job and work beside you day in and day out
    (b) Your black neighbors and friends and co-workers who are as appalled at this wickedness as you are.
    (c) Your typical liberal who just wants social justice for all but is deceived into thinking that comes from Caesar Augustus
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    They are not the enemy. The enemy is Satan who is inspiring all of this. It is a diabolical conspiracy. Satan knows his tiime grows short. Just before Mother Mary crushes his head with Her heel, he squirms and wiggles tyring his best to do the most damage.

  • Newt Ginrich echoing moi….in today’s ny times:
    “Western civilization is in a war,” Mr. Gingrich said. “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported.”
    He added, “Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens.”

  • Just to T. Shaw–Warden???? Would you be referring to your Sweet Bride??? Had to grin at that and think you and my husband either came from the same place or know one another, he refers to me as the warden.

  • I agree with your above comment regarding Bastille Day. It was not good. It was very bad. It was a mortal blow to the Catholc Faith in France; the triumph of atheism and irrationality over Christianityand Thomist Truth. It involved the heavy persecution of Catholics and the murder of the Aristocracy that sprang from Catholic based, Constantinian, Monarchical government. The closest thing to heaven we will ever see on earth was destroyed in the guillotines of Bastille.

    That being said. I pray for France. I pray for those murdered by our enemy the Muslims. Their deaths I feel personally. I am enraged on their behalf.

    Newt Gingrich said it best, in response. Shariah is the problem. Shariah must be rooted out from within our midst. We must identify those who swear fealty to Shariah and ruthlessly deport them out of our midst, as an act of mercy to the innocent lives such Muslims threaten by their mere presence.

    I will vote for Trump if he picks Newt as his running mate. That simple. Trump/Gingrich is a fantastic ticket for a neverteumper like me. Newt yes. Pence, no. It’s time to man up. They are here. The attacks have begun.

  • LQC, the (a)in your list is just as much a threat as an open jihadist. Big companies like Caterpillar are bringing in foreign workers under the J1b program to replace natural born citizens, because they can pay them lower wages or salaries than an American citizen. And to add insult to injury, the American worker is forced to train his replacement under threat of sometimes losing his severance pay! Also, LQC, Muslims are allowed to deceive the infidel about Islam and their real feelings about Non-Muslims. They can even indulge in Non-Islamic behaviors, like drinking alcohol, to further the deception of the infidels.

  • Stephen, I agree with you in this sense: if only 1% of the M&Ms in a jar containing 400 are poisonous, then 4 M&Ms are poisonous. Will you reach your hand in to get a handful to eat? Probably not.
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    But people are not M&Ms and whether we agree with their religion or not, we have to treat each person with the dignity that befits someone made in imagine et simulacro Dei.
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    Furthermore, I have worked with Muslims most of my adult life after I got out of the US Submarine Service. I even had a department manager who was Shiite Muslim, read his Quoran daily, and prayed 5 time per day as prescribed. He was a good man. He always treated me decently and all his other staff as well, and some day I hope I can work for him again.
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    Another man with whom I worked was a Sunni Muslim who always used those prayer beads to pray. He once observed me going out for my lunch time walk praying the Rosary, so he struck up conversation about the use of prayer beads to concentrate the mind on one’s prayers, and that gave me a chance to evangelize. I do not know what became of the seed that I planted, but that’s not my business. It’s God’s.
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    So yes, I am leary of Muslims. I have seen some homes physically wrecked by Muslim husbands who didn’t give a damn about their wives and kids. But that’s not all Muslims, and certainly not the ones with whom I have worked.
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    PS, as for righteous Muslims, I point to King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan for whom I have a deep and abiding respect. And as for terrorists whether Muslim, black gangster or white liberal Democrat wacko, I recommend availing ourselves of our 2nd Amendment right.

  • Brian wrote, “the Aristocracy that sprang from Catholic based, Constantinian, Monarchical government.”
    The aristocracy represented the Frankish, Teutonic element that came in with the barbarian invasions of the 5th century. The Catholic historian, Lord Acton got it right: “The hatred of royalty was less than the hatred of aristocracy; privileges were more detested than tyranny; and the king perished because of the origin of his authority rather than because of its abuse. Monarchy unconnected with aristocracy became popular in France, even when most uncontrolled; whilst the attempt to reconstitute the throne, and to limit and fence it with its peers, broke down, because the old Teutonic elements on which it relied – hereditary nobility, primogeniture, and privilege — were no longer tolerated. The substance of the ideas of 1789 is not the limitation of the sovereign power, but the abrogation of intermediate powers.”
    As for the original Gallo-Roman element, as Acton notes, “The Cæsarean system gave an unprecedented freedom to the dependencies, and raised them to a civil equality which put an end to the dominion of race over race and of class over class. The monarchy was hailed as a refuge from the pride and cupidity of the Roman people; and the love of equality, the hatred of nobility, and the tolerance of despotism implanted by Rome became, at least in Gaul, the chief feature of the national character”

  • Just me: Her being referred to as the “warden” should tell you more about me than about her.

  • “(c) Your typical liberal who just wants social justice for all but is deceived into thinking that comes from Caesar Augustus”

    The support of the typical liberal is empowering big govt & people like Obama to cause the damage that is now taking place. They are part of the enemy apparatus–there is no way around it.

  • Seen at Instapundit. “A bomb levels the trappings of civilization. Islam and its liberal allies (Marxism) deconstruct(s) civilization itself.”
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    If you have eyes, you can see it.

  • “PS, as for righteous Muslims, I point to King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan for whom I have a deep and abiding respect. And as for terrorists whether Muslim, black gangster or white liberal Democrat wacko, I recommend availing ourselves of our 2nd Amendment right.”

    The only means man has of having “righteousness” is through imputation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ as a result of His death, burial, resurrection, & Ascension. Muslims would not have received that righteousness as they have no relationship with God the Son. Maybe we could call them “honorable” Muslims.

Charles Martel Aid Us!

Friday, November 13, AD 2015

“A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian Fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the River Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Qur’an would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.”

Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

(In light of the attacks in Paris this evening I am re-running this post.  Charles Martel has never been canonized, but surely saving Europe from Islam must have counted much in his favor when he stood before God for his judgment.  In any case, we will need much of his spirit to survive the coming years and much less of the pacifist bilge that has turned the Church Militant too often into the Church Delusional.)

The slogan Je Suis Charles Martel is beginning to make its way around Saint Blogs.  Here is some information on the grandfather of Charlemagne who stopped the advance of Islam into what became France in 732 at the battle of Tours.

Charles Martel, “The Hammer”, led a life of conflict.  An illegitimate son of Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and the true power behind the Merovingian puppet kings, after the death of his father he had to fight his father’s legitimate offspring who sought to deprive him of any share in his father’s inheritance.  Fortunately for Charles a streak of military genius ran through him, and he won battles against the odds, using force multiplying stratagems, including feigned retreats, and attacking in the middle of the day when armies of his time normally took a siesta.  By 717 he was in control of Neustria, showing mercy unusual for his day in letting his defeated adversaries live and treating them with kindness.

The 28 year old ruler now entered a round of endless wars with neighboring kingdoms, gradually extending his power, and building up a professional force of infantry to supplement the peasant levies that made up the vast bulk of most Frankish armies.

A friend and patron of Saint Boniface, he also began the alliance between the rulers of the Franks and the Popes.  He contributed much land to the Church, but roused ecclesiastical ire when he took some back to support his troops.  He might have been excommunicated if both Church and State had not suddenly confronted a common foe.

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  • Coming soon to a city near you.
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    But [sputter], in 2012 Dear Leader and Hillary told us they’d defeated terrorism!

    What did France do to merit such treatment? Is it seen as a soft target?
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    Dante places Robert Guiscard in Il Paradiso – Mars – because of his wars against these same, filthy pagans in Sicily and southern Italy. Otherwise, Guiscard (a Norman freebooter) was a vile and murderous pirate who would reside in Il Inferno.
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    I’m exhausted with post-modern militancy and politically correct warfare. I seriously apologize in advance. In order for M. Hollande and the needed tens of thousands of Frenchmen to act as did The Hammer/Martel, they will need to ask their gynecologists to write prescriptions for two each testicles.
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    Forget about Hollande, Merkel, Hillary, Trump, Carson or whomever. How many more killed are needed before the West hates? Then (in America, anyway), the murderers will meet a rifle behind every blade of grass.

  • Charles Martel and his army stemmed the tide of the Moors. Martel’s army slammed the door in their faces. Martel understood, 1300 years ago, that the Muslims understood only one thing – force. The Moors would go no further and retreated to Spain. Damn straight Martel saved Europe.

    Pelayo escaped to Asturias, which never surrendered to the Muslims and it was from his tinly little kingdom that Spain would be liberated.

    My oldest son is named John. Guess why. My youngest son is named Charles. Guess why.

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  • Earlier yesterday I happened to be reading up about the Crusades. We really are in the first 1400 years of a war that could last much longer.

    One of my favorite saints is Hugh of Lincoln – not a crusader, but if Richard the Lionhearted made it to heaven, it was St. Hugh who led him there. St. Hugh was also known as a defender of the Jews. In something right out of Ecclesiastes, a hundred years later there was a child who died in a well who became known as Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, whose death began a slew of anti-Semitic slurs. The worst in human nature comes back every generation, doesn’t it?

  • Our current president said, “Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong,” but just what are the values we of the West stand for? We have discarded the values upon which Western Civilization was built. Where among our leaders is a Charles Martel? Who among our people would follow him?

  • Again, the Pope gets it wrong. He called this is a third world war. Wrong! This desultory war with Muhammedanism predates 1914 and 1939 by, what, 1,200 years.

  • A weak Pope and a weak President – both liberal progressives – cannot lead us to victory. We must do it ourselves.

  • And the European leaders let more Muslims in all the time. Will “closed” French borders mean anything? Must America await a new president for a leader against the menace?

  • I cannot say it better than the Holy Spirit:
    Psalm 82Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
    82 A canticle of a psalm for Asaph.
    2 O God, who shall be like to thee? hold not thy peace, neither be thou still, O God.
    3 For lo, thy enemies have made a noise: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
    4 They have taken a malicious counsel against thy people, and have consulted against thy saints.
    5 They have said: Come and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation: and let the name of Israel be remembered no more.
    6 For they have contrived with one consent: they have made a covenant together against thee,
    7 The tabernacles of the Edomites, and the Ismahelites: Moab, and the Agarens,
    8 Gebal, and Ammon and Amalec: the Philistines, with the inhabitants of Tyre.
    9 Yea, and the Assyrian also is joined with them: they are come to the aid of the sons of Lot.
    10 Do to them as thou didst to Madian and to Sisara: as to Jabin at the brook of Cisson.
    11 Who perished at Endor: and became as dung for the earth.
    12 Make their princes like Oreb, and Zeb, and Zebee, and Salmana. All their princes,
    13 Who have said: Let us possess the sanctuary of God for an inheritance.
    14 O my God, make them like a wheel; and as stubble before the wind.
    15 As fire which burneth the wood: and as a flame burning mountains:
    16 So shalt thou pursue them with thy tempest: and shalt trouble them in thy wrath.
    17 Fill their faces with shame; and they shall seek thy name, O Lord.
    18 Let them be ashamed and troubled for ever and ever: and let them be confounded and perish.
    19 And let them know that the Lord is thy name: thou alone art the most High over all the earth.

  • I always loved that song and had no clue what it was talking about until now…of course that was many years ago.

    As for Obama, he clearly is still refusing to name the enemy, calling this an attack on all humanity. It was an attack on the Christian west by the Islamic east and it is time to call it what it is.

  • “The worst in human nature comes back every generation, doesn’t it?”

    Yes, as does the best which gives us hope.

  • First question upon hearing the news was, “What are the French gun laws like?”. The simple answer is there is no equivalent to our 2nd Amendment. The leaders of France, Germany and Sweden are ruining their countries. Then there’s our president who earlier referred to ISIS as junior varsity.

  • Paris is a “Gun Free Zone”. The more bereft a place is of belief, the more it denies the human right to self-defense. If we are nothing but animals, what rights have we at all?
    Hillary wants to confiscate our firearms a la Australia. Bad advice from an architect of our feckless foreign policy, Obama’s failed former Secretary of State. Here, she dishes out her toxic domestic agenda. The foreign and domestic policy of her party is of the same cloth, a shroud to cover our civilization in its grave.

  • Well, that schedules our history lesson for this week….. my eldest thought the Blonde parody was a love song. >.<

  • HaHa LOL- “Well, that schedules our history lesson for this week….. my eldest thought the Blonde parody was a love song. >.<" Trust a child to provide some humor. Actually that's a logical…… conclusion…… attractive woman wearing a crown. Could be she's his consort singing about her absent husband.

  • Bet every time HIllary opens her mouth to say that she won’t wage war on ISIS, gun and ammo sales will go up in the US. Oh wait…latest sound bite she’s back tracking again. She only believes in herself.

  • Is that laugh a nervous one or a calculated cackle? I do not judge her but I do not envy her and I will not vote for her. I pray for her.

  • WPW, I think it’s both. Wonder if she’s studied the late Phyllis Diller to perfect that laugh?

  • Or perhaps channeled the late Phyliss Diller, as I don’t know if Eleanor Roosevelt was exactly a barrel of laughs.

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  • Perfect! We just studied Charles Martel in homeschool. My boys will love watching this and comparing the 21st Century to the 8th.

  • God provided Charles Martel, Urban II, Andrea Doria, Don Juan Of Austria, Jan Sobieski and finally, General Allenby. In all theses instances, the victors were unable to follow up their victories for one reason or another and today we in the west are still beset with the same problem. I am wondering if God will provide us with yet another champion; this time to complete the task.

Je Suis Charles Martel

Wednesday, January 21, AD 2015

“A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian Fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the River Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Qur’an would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.”

Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The slogan Je Suis Charles Martel is beginning to make its way around Saint Blogs.  Here is some information on the grandfather of Charlemagne who stopped the advance of Islam into what became France in 732 at the battle of Tours.

 

Charles Martel, “The Hammer”, led a life of conflict.  An illegitimate son of Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and the true power behind the Merovingian puppet kings, after the death of his father he had to fight his father’s legitimate offspring who sought to deprive him of any share in his father’s inheritance.  Fortunately for Charles a streak of military genius ran through him, and he won battles against the odds, using force multiplying stratagems, including feigned retreats, and attacking in the middle of the day when armies of his time normally took a siesta.  By 717 he was in control of Neustria, showing mercy unusual for his day in letting his defeated adversaries live and treating them with kindness.

The 28 year old ruler now entered a round of endless wars with neighboring kingdoms, gradually extending his power, and building up a professional force of infantry to supplement the peasant levies that made up the vast bulk of most Frankish armies.

A friend and patron of Saint Boniface, he also began the alliance between the rulers of the Franks and the Popes.  He contributed much land to the Church, but roused ecclesiastical ire when he took some back to support his troops.  He might have been excommunicated if both Church and State had not suddenly confronted a common foe.

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  • Is there a reason that the destruction and slaughter is unmentionable (as in religious leaders calling/begging universally for prayer for help and more for the victims) and unmentioned (as in media outcry) on the info superhighway where all is ‘known’ but the reporting sifted? There must be some inhumane, corrupt thing in the allowing of continued behaviors. Ignorance isn’t really bliss in the end. Charles Martel was a friend of Saint Boniface! May history repeat itself.

  • “Thanks to God”, yes! No thanks to our current pope who famously stated that “violence never conquers violence”. Then again, Islam isn’t on his doorstep.

  • Patricia, history will not repeat itself; at least not as you think.
    The end is already nigh. The armies of the Lord Jesus are on the horizon. Look.

  • “Je suis Charlie” is gas: the clucking of chickens.

    What are you prepared to do?

    When Christ comes in glory he will forsake those that brawl against His religion.

  • We got Spain, the Arabs got Constantinople, and the Jews got Jerusalem. Spain is nice and all, but…redo?

  • …redo?

    We’re in the middle of one right now. You probably noticed, even though it’s not polite to talk about it.

  • Good post. Thank you.

  • Father of seven: ““Thanks to God”, yes! No thanks to our current pope who famously stated that “violence never conquers violence”. Then again, Islam isn’t on his doorstep.”

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    Pope Francis does not know the difference between violence and force. “Who am I to judge?”
    Jesus went to hell to free the patriarchs. Who is for Jesus?

  • Pinky, the Turks, not the Arabs, took Constantinople in 1453, 39 years before Queen Isabel the Catholic completed the Reconquest and subsequently spread the Catholic Faith to the New World.

    One evening, not long ago, I was wasting time watching a TV program called Who Do You Think You Are? It always features a celebrity, in who I have no interest. This episode was about the former model Cindy Crawford. Her ancestry was traced to Charlemagne, the grandson of Charles Martel. In the same series, Brooke Shields found out that she was a first cousin many times removed of King St. Louis IX. I admit that finding out one is related to a famous historical Catholic is fascinating.

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  • We have yet to see the impact of eccumenism, tolerance,and the “who am I to judge” mentality that has been totally misunderstood. Christians are contributing to their own persecution and destruction, Kyrie Eleison!

  • Msgr Anthony Spinosa: “We have yet to see the impact of eccumenism, tolerance,and the “who am I to judge” mentality that has been totally misunderstood. Christians are contributing to their own persecution and destruction, Kyrie Eleison!”.
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    It is Pope Francis’ job to give us, the laity, “understanding”, wisdom and understanding. Failing this, what has anyone to do with ecumentsm if it only brings chaos and conflict and division?

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October 10, 732: Battle of Tours

Thursday, October 10, AD 2013

“A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian Fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the River Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Qur’an would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.”

Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Charles Martel, “The Hammer”, led a life of conflict.  An illegitimate son of Pepin of Herstal, Mayor of the Palace and the true power behind the Merovingian puppet kings, after the death of his father he had to fight his father’s legitimate offspring who sought to deprive him of any share in his father’s inheritance.  Fortunately for Charles a streak of military genius ran through him, and he won battles against the odds, using force multiplying stratagems, including feigned retreats, and attacking in the middle of the day when armies of his time normally took a siesta.  By 717 he was in control of Neustria, showing mercy unusual for his day in letting his defeated adversaries live and treating them with kindness.

The 28 year old ruler now entered a round of endless wars with neighboring kingdoms, gradually extending his power, and building up a professional force of infantry to supplement the peasant levies that made up the vast bulk of most Frankish armies.

A friend and patron of Saint Boniface, he also began the alliance between the rulers of the Franks and the Popes.  He contributed much land to the Church, but roused ecclesiastical ire when he took some back to support his troops.  He might have been excommunicated if both Church and State had not suddenly confronted a common foe.

In 711 the forces of Islam began the conquest of Spain, helped along by Christian traitors.  Within a decade almost all of Spain had fallen, with small proto-kingdoms of Spaniards clinging to a precarious independence in the mountains of northern Spain.  Mohammed had died less than a century before in 632, and in that intervening period Islam had conquered the Middle East, northern Africa and seemed poised to do the same in Europe against the petty Christian kingdoms that specialized in ceaseless internecine war, seemingly weakening themselves before  their Islamic foes lifted a finger.

With Spain subdued, Muslim raids into what is now France became common.  In 732 Abd-al-Raḥmân, governor of Muslim Spain, led a predominantly cavalry army of 25,000 men north on a great raid beyond the Pyrenees, perhaps the prelude to a war of  conquest.

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