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The Battle of Tours

Duration:
43 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 16 January 2014

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of Tours. In 732 a large Arab army invaded Gaul from northern Spain, and travelled as far north as Poitiers. There they were defeated by Charles Martel, whose Frankish and Burgundian forces repelled the invaders. The result confirmed the regional supremacy of Charles, who went on to establish a strong Frankish dynasty. The Battle of Tours was the last major incursion of Muslim armies into northern Europe; some historians, including Edward Gibbon, have seen it as the decisive moment that determined that the continent would remain Christian.

With:

Hugh Kennedy
Professor of Arabic at SOAS, University of London

Rosamond McKitterick
Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge

Matthew Innes
Vice-Master and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London.

  • LINKS AND FURTHER READING

    Hugh Kennedy at SOAS, University of London

     

    Rosamond McKitterick at the University of Cambridge

     

    Matthew Innes at Birkbeck, University of London

     

    Battle of Tours - Wikipedia

     

     

    READING LIST:

     

    Paul Fouracre, The Age of Charles Martel (Routledge, 2000)

     

    Paul Fouracre and Richard Gerberding (ed.), Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography, 640-720 (Manchester University Press, 1996)

     

    Richard Gerberding, The Rise of the Carolingians and the Liber Historiae Francorum (Clarendon Press, 1987)

     

    Guy Halsall, Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West, 450-900 (Routledge, 2003)

     

    Matthew Innes, Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300-900: The Sword, the Plough and the Book (Routledge, 2007)

     

    Hugh Kennedy, Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus (Routledge, 1996)

     

    Hugh Kennedy, The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In (Phoenix, 2008)

     

    Rosamond McKitterick, The Frankish Kingdoms under the Carolingians, 751-987 (Longman, 1983)

     

    Rosamond McKitterick (ed.), The New Cambridge Medieval History II c.700-c.900 (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

     

    J. M. Wallace-Hadrill (trans.), The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar with its Continuations (Oxford University Press, 1960)

     

    Kenneth Wolf (trans.), Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain (Liverpool University Press, 1999)

     

    Ian Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751 (Routledge, 1993)

     

Credits

Presenter
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest
Hugh Kennedy
Interviewed Guest
Rosamond McKitterick
Interviewed Guest
Matthew Innes
Producer
Thomas Morris

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