THE ABBATIAL CROSIER
Author : Eugene Sue
Cruel intestine wars between the descendants of the
Frankish conquerors were devastating Gaul when the
Arab invasion took place in 719. The invaders poured
down from the Pyrenees and drove back or subjugated
the Visigoths. The exchange of masters was almost a
gain to the inhabitants of the region. The conquerors
from the south were more civilized than those from the
north. Many of the Gauls,--either freemen, or colonists
or slaves--took so strongly to the southern invader that
they even embraced his religion, the religion of
Mahomet, allured thereto by the promises of a paradise
peopled with houris.
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