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The Battle of Tours (732 CE) Options
Daemon
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The Battle of Tours (732 CE)

In 661 CE, the first Islamic dynasty rose to prominence and sought to extend its power. The Muslims, seeking control of Aquitaine, were met by Charles Martel's Frankish forces, who were able to halt them at the Battle of Tours. It was not a decisive victory, but the Arabs retreated after their leader was killed, and some historians deem it a watershed moment in preserving Christianity in Europe. The battle greatly enhanced Martel's prestige at the time. What nickname was bestowed on him? More...
ChristopherJohnson
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Wonder, what these "peaceful" people were looking for in Spain or France.
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Sorry, the place of that famous battle was not Tours, but Poitiers
Wilmar (USA)
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In 661 CE, the first Islamic dynasty rose to prominence and sought to extend its power
thar
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This idea of a 'turning point' battle was really the invention of Christian historians.
I think the modern interpretation is that the Moors were never going to expand north. A system that relies on mercenaries, the way the Moors did, requires raids to acquire cash and treasure, because mercenaries like getting paid in bounty. They don't like getting paid with a patch of land in a foreign country, or the promise of tax revenues, even if there were enough to go round. Invading France was never a workable option for the Moors. They had conquered much of North Africa because it had weak leadership and it was possible to convert people with the promise of mercenary work and wealth, and they had a viable territory in Andalusia. That was not the case in France. It was a hit-and-run raid by the Moors to nick lots of shiny stuff. They got hit back and they ran. It was the French spin doctors/historians of the time who decided they had heroically saved Christendom from the Muslim onslaught.
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