The Battle of Tours

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  • The Spanish Muslims had threatened the French territories for some years.
  • As governor of Spain, Abd er Rahman marched over the Pyrenees in 732. Some say he went to end the fighting on his northern border, but most think that he went to raid the Frankish territories.
  • Even though this was an important battle, It's location is still unknown. Most historians think that the two armies met on the rivers Clain and Vienne met between Tours and Poitiers.
  • Mayor Charles Positioned his army in a square-like phalanx formation, with swords shields and spears. According to Arabian records, they arranged themselves in a large square. The two armies watched each other for 6 days, with only minor skirmishes between, finally commencing battle on the 7th day. The Muslims were unprepared for the intense cold, as compared to the Franks, who wore clothing and armor that protected them from the cold.
  • If Mayor Charles Martel had fallen in Tours, Muslims may have easily conquered Europe.
  • There is a food item that reminds people of this battle, although it may seem doubt able, the evidence that exists is somewhat credible. Bakers who celebrated the battle baked bread in the shape of the Islamic crescent, which is where historians believe the French croissant came from.
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