Pepin II of Herstal became mayor of the palace in Austrasia in 680. He supported the Merovingian king but had the real power in his area. Pepin wanted more control so he fought the other mayors and defeated them at the Battle of Tertry in 687. He ruled a united mayoralty until his death in 714.
Pepin II’s only adult son after his death was Charles Martel. Charles Martel strengthened the mayoralty by keeping the nobles in line. He escheated land from the Roman Catholic Church and gave it out to the nobles to keep them happy. The kingdom remained strong under his rule. He successfully stopped the Muslim advance in 732 at the Battle of Tours and Poitier. Upon his death in 741 the mayoralty was split between his sons Carloman and Pepin the Short. Continue reading