Very entertaining. But he does have a number of minor facts wrong, and draws a few unwarranted conclusions here & there.
For instance --- But the Franks, Viking blood coursing in their veins --- He's off by a century or two here! It was Rollo (the ancestor of Wilhelm Der Konqueror) who first brought "Viking blood" into the heart of France. Rollo died 200 years after Martel's moment of glory.
posted on 10/31/2005 11:32:08 PM PST
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posted on 11/01/2005 12:18:29 AM PST
You are quite right. In addition, much of the Muslim assault on Italy and southern France was post-Carolingian; there was an Arab mini-state investing the Alps and southern France from a base at Fraxinetum, north of Marseilles. This page
has some information.
It was only when Muslim raiders kidnapped the Abbot of Cluny in 972 AD that the Christian warlords and princes of the time united against them and drove them out.
posted on 11/01/2005 12:38:03 AM PST
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