The Battle of Tours
The Battle of Tours
The Battle of Tours (also known as the Battle of Poitiers) in 732 marked a definitive end to Muslim expansion in the West and symbolized the decline of the powerful Umayyad Caliphate, which had come to dominate much of the Mediterranean over the course of the previous century. Forces under the control of the celebrated miltary leader Charles Martel were able to push back the Arab troops, laying the foundations for the Carolingian Empire and the rise of the Franks in Europe over the decades that followed. In just 50 minutes, you will learn about the initial attack of the Umayyad troops and find out how the Franks and Burgundians were able to push them back, with major consequences in the history of Western Europe.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough evaluation of the background to the Battle of Tours and a detailed analysis of the mains events of the combat. It also features biographies of key commanders and leaders, including Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi and Odo the Great, a valuable introduction to the social and political context and an evaluation of the battle’s immediate consequences and transformation into a powerful symbol, giving you all the essential information about this momentous event.
About the Battle of Tours
The Battle of Tours saw the powerful and constantly growing Umayyad Caliphate, which was governed from its capital in Damascus, take on forces from the Frankish kingdom and the Duchy of Aquitaine in a fierce struggle for power and territority. Although relatively few reliable sources have reached us, many historians agree that it marks a turning point in the Muslim expansion in Western Europe and laid the foundations for the influential Carolingian Empire.
This clear and accessible 40-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Battle of Tours
- Political and social context
- The Umayyad Caliphate in the conquest of the West
- The rise to power of the Pippinid dynasty and the establishment of the Carolingian system
- Commanders and leaders
- Charles Martel, mayor of the palace and prince of the Franks
- Odo, Duke of Aquitaine
- Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, governor of Cordoba
- Analysis of the battle
- Premises of the battle
- The course of the battle
- Impact of the Battle of Tours
- Immediate consequences
- The construction of a symbol
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