Battle of Tours

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  • Before the Battle
  • Before the Battle
  • Location
  • The Muslims in Spain for some years threatened French territories
  • The Battle
  • In 732 Abd er Rahman, governour of Spain, marched over the Pyrenees, possibly to end the unrest on his northern border, but more likely to plunder the Frankish territories. 
  • Importance of the battle
  • The Battle is over!
  •  This battle, its exact location remains unknown. Most historians assume that the two armies met each other where the rivers Clain and Vienne join between Tours and Poitiers. 
  •                                     Importance of the battle
  • Both sides were armed and ready to battle. This battle lasted for one day.
  • The Arab army retreated back south over the Pyrenees. Charles, who earned his nickname Martel (hammer) in this battle, drove the Muslims in the following years from the area between Arles and Avignon. He would continue by defeating the Muslims once more in a battle near the River Berre near Narbonne. 
  • There exists a culinary footnote to the Battle of Tours which, although somewhat apochryphal, seems credible. The victory was celebrated by Frankish bakers who fashioned bread in the form of the Islamic crescent and served it up to celebrating Franks who devoured the symbol of the invader. Today, the French croissant still has pride of place on most French breakfast tables. 
  • The battle was important 
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