S.S. Battle of Tours Project

S.S. Battle of Tours Project
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  • Muslims in Spain threaten French territories. They attack and defeat Duke Eudes and his kingdom. They are forced to negotiate with the Muslims and Eudes weds his daughter to Othmar, a Muslim Emir.
  • In 731, Othmar dies and the peace between Spain and Eudes is broken. In 732, the governor of Spain, Abd er Rahman, marched over Frankish territory to defeat and conquer the land. They conquer many cities and advance forward to the riches in the Cathedral of Tours.
  • Charles, a Frankish military leader, took his army and marched down to the church. There they stopped the Muslims from advancing and forced them to battle. They waited there forming a wall with their shields. Winter was coming and the Muslims were not prepared for the cold. on the seventh day, the Muslims attacked.
  • A group of Frankish soldiers flanked around the enemies. They arrived at the Muslim camp unnoticed and began to loot all of their supplies and riches. Once the Muslims heard about this, many returned back to the camp to stop the Franks. Once many of the enemies had left, the Frankish soldiers closed in on the Muslims and defeated them. The battle was won and the rest of the Muslim army had fled.
  • After the battle, Charles earned his nickname, Martel (Hammer).
  • In the following years, Charles and his army drove the Muslims out and continued defeating the Muslims in another battle near the River Berre.
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