1. D

    Gregoire de Tours,historian ?

    Hello everybody.Can we consider Gregoire de Tours,author of the famous book "History of the Francs",as a serious historian ?
  2. H

    Taking History on the Road

    Greetings All, I have a passion for U.S. history and road trips and have a tradition of going on trips with my family. We enjoy being at locations that have historical significance, for there is no substitute for being there. I am fascinated with how my perceptions of places change when I...
  3. M

    Punic wars compared to Battle of Tours?

    I was wondering, is it possible to argue that the Punic Wars were to the ancient times what the Battle of Tours was to the Medival era. Specifically the idea that there are times when one group or perhaps a few groups with different aims is encroaching on one area or another where people...
  4. J

    Incident in Gregory of Tours

    There's a story in Gregory of Tours' History of the Franks about two serfs who were buried alive for marrying without their lord's consent. Does anyone know where that is? Thanks,
  5. kdbooklover16

    If the Battle of Tours had had a different outcome...

    Why if the Battle of Tours in 729 .A.D. had been a loss for Charles, "The Hammer," Martel? I can think of some pretty obvious first things- but anything deeper?
  6. notgivenaway

    Losing the Battle of Tours

    It's often said rhis is a macro-historical event, but could the Arabs have conquered all of Europe? Not this was the Viking age, together with other strong Germanic peoples/cultures. They couldn't conquer Byzantium, and only managed to subdue comparatively weaker Visigothic kingdoms. But could...
  7. Menshevik

    Length of Army vs Marine Corps tours in Vietnam

    The way I understand it, is that a Army infantryman served 12 months in country per tour of duty. Their Marine counterparts served an additional month of duty, totaling 13 months. Why the difference? One-upmanship?
  8. EmperorTigerstar

    Battle of Tours and Constantinople: Which is more important?

    In medieval times, there were two major battles that halted Islamic expansion into Europe. The Siege of Constantinople of 717 - 718 involved a massive Umayyad Caliphate force of over 120,000 men and 2500 ships against an unknown amount of Byzantine defenders and Bulgarian allies. The Arabs were...
  9. D

    Would you consider a deserter a coward (even if he fought bravely for several tours)?

    I was lurking on a Vietnam War forum and I saw a comment that irked me. It came from a guy claiming to have fought in the war as an Lt. for some united called the "Black Lions" and he stated that he can tolerate draft dodgers but he DESPISES deserters. He considers them traitors who should have...
  10. Essa

    Was the Battle of Tours (Poitiers) decisive ?

    This battle was fought in 732 AD where the Franks under Charles Martel, defeated an Umayyad's force under Abdul Rahman Al-Ghafqi. Its significance is sometimes debatable, Opinion 1 - That the victory was decisive, and was able to halt further Arab conqests in Europe, thereyby saving...
  11. B

    Gregory of Tours and the Gundovald affair

    Being as that I want to pursue a degree in medieval history, specifically the early medieval period, I have made it a priority this summer to read all the available translations of Gregory of Tours, Paul the Deacon, Jordanes, and Bede along with copious amounts of secondary literature to build...
  12. T

    What weapons would the franks/muslims have been using during the battle of tours?

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone here knows specifically what type of weapons the franks and Muslims would have been using during the battle of tours in c.732? I know that the franks use swords, spears, and shields, but I'm not sure the specific weapons they would have been using.
  13. benkernow

    Does anyone know any good historical tours?

    I'm hoping to go to Prague in April 2012 and I am woundering if anyone who does good knowledgable historical walking tours of the city? I you don't but have any recommendations that would be nice as well.
  14. Gruekiller

    The Battle of Tours

    What if the Umayyads had, rather than campaign first against Aquitaine, adequately scouted the region and attacked Carolingian France first? This would have eliminated both of Charles Martel's main advantages during the historical battle: that the Umayyads were burdened by loot and depleted in...
  15. Commander

    Battle of Tours

    732 : Battle of Tours At the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, France, Frankish leader Charles Martel, a Christian, defeats a large army of Spanish Moors, halting the Muslim advance into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors...