Storyboard Battle of Tours
By guilahben, Updated
Oh No! Help!
Yes Abd er Rahman!
Lets go plunder the Franks territories!
The Muslims in Spain threatened French territories
In 732 Abd er Rahman, governor of Spain, marched over the Pyrenees, possibly to end the unrest on his northern border, but more likely to plunder the Frankish territories.
The exact location of this battle remains unknown. Most historians assume that the two armies met each other where the rivers Clain and Vienne join between Tours and Poitiers.
Bring the croissants!
the Muslims had retreated during the night.
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.
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