Friday, June 29, 2018

A "Liberated From Islam" History Lesson

Statue of Pelayo in Covadonga, Spain

One holdout, King Pelagius of Asturia, drew supporters and won the  Battle of Covadonga, 1,300 years ago. The Iberian Peninsula was never the same.
Editor’s note: The following account is excerpted and adapted from the author’s new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
Exactly 1,300 years ago, in the year 718, a little-remembered kingdom was born in Spain. It soon led to the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula from Islamic occupation. To appreciate the significance of that development, we must travel back seven years earlier, to 711, when Arabs and Africans, both under the banner of Islam, “godlessly invaded Spain to destroy it,” to quote from the Chronicle of 754. Once on European soil, they “ruined beautiful cities, burning them with fire; condemned lords and powerful men to the cross; and butchered youths and infants with the sword.”