Poitiers AD 732: Charles Martel turns the Islamic tide

Overview

In the early decades of the 8th century AD, Islamic forces were flooding into Europe through the Iberian peninsula, threatening Frankish and Burgundian territory and raiding it with ever-increasing ferocity. At the battle of Poitiers, also known as Tours, Christian forces under the Frankish leader Charles Martel "The Hammer" (grandfather of Charlemagne) confronted a massive invading Islamic army. The Franks were victorious, effectively halting the northward advance of Islam and preserving Christianity as the ...

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Overview

In the early decades of the 8th century AD, Islamic forces were flooding into Europe through the Iberian peninsula, threatening Frankish and Burgundian territory and raiding it with ever-increasing ferocity. At the battle of Poitiers, also known as Tours, Christian forces under the Frankish leader Charles Martel "The Hammer" (grandfather of Charlemagne) confronted a massive invading Islamic army. The Franks were victorious, effectively halting the northward advance of Islam and preserving Christianity as the dominant faith in Europe. Expert medievalist David Nicolle draws on contemporary sources to reconstruct this turning-point battle, places it in its historical context and reviews its background and immediate and longer-term historical consequences.

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"[Moslems] operated by staging rais varying from small to massive, and turned a greedy eye on what is now France. Here is the story of their largest and last raid, looting, burning and murdering the towns and their inhabitants until brought to bay at Poitiers. Although a large part of their army escaped, they never came back as a serious threat and the slow recover of Spain and Portugal began from the unconquered territories in northwest. Very highly recommended." -John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032301
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 811,877
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. The author lives in Leceistershire, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
The Islamic conquests and the Umayyad Caliphate
Al-Andalus and North Africa
Merovingian France and Aquitaine
Chronology     17
Opposing Commanders     20
Christian
Muslim
Opposing Forces     24
Christian
Muslim
Opposing Plans     35
Christian plans
Muslim plans
The Campaign     39
Crushing Munusa
The invasion of Aquitaine
The Muslims march north
The battle of Poitiers
The Muslim retreat
Aftermath     83
The Battlefields Today     89
Further Reading     93
Index     95
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