- Feb 2017
- Latin America
What's your view on the naval power of Northern Europeans (Normans, Scandinavians, Franks and Germans, to be more specific) compared to Mediterranean Muslim naval power? It seems to me that the Northern Europeans here had an edge since the Viking Age, as the Normans and other Northern Europeans conquered Sicily, the Balearics, Cyprus, and even momentarily held part of North Africa while the Crusader states formed by naval invasions lasted for centuries and the Muslims seem to have been rather powerless in stopping the Crusader invasions at sea. Of course, it was the Crusaders who conquered the Byzantines before the Muslims did and naval power played an important role in that process. What do you think?