Caesar, Saracens, Water Loo, WW I and II, All Fought Around Central France. Could It Be - Just the Champagne?
Central France, A Place that Austro-Hungarian Marie Antoinette Met Her Demise.
There Is A Direct Link From Charlemagne (Charles Martel) to the Modern World
Because Charles Martel went to the Roman Church, and made a financial deal to fund a strong standing army,
The two defeated the Muslims at Tours, and thus created
The historical momentum for Charlemagne,
the power and centralization of the Roman Church
and the subsiding of Pagan Europe.
A Swirling Vortex of Inescapable Confluence Seems to Bequeath the Area with "Specialness"
Maybe the reference to Champagne has a more mystical allusion. The Champagne area in Central France occupies a wonderful spot. Maybe the focus of historical congregation ascribes something we can only talk AROUND.
Before -- Caesar Built a 35 Mile Circular Fence Around The Gauls, the Gauls were Tribes
Rome's war against the Gallic tribes lasted from 58 BC to 50 BC and culminated in the decisive Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, in which a complete Roman victory resulted in the expansion of the Roman Republic over the whole of Gaul (mainly present-day France and Belgium).
Gaul Became Roman Gaul
Then in a place in Central France, around modern Tours, an immense Saracen army, an "innumerable multitude" met a European army headed by Charles Martel. The Europeans were the underdogs, the Saracens were vastly superior and rated as indestructible.
The Central Area and thus Emerging "France" Seemed To Be "Up for Grabs"
The Saracens came over the Pyrenees. The Saracen army had a list of continuous victory. The Europeans were a hastily organized, newly financed group of farmers and tribal fighters. Everyone was surprised at the outcome. At the time, it was just a "battle to keep the foreigners off our land", in looking back, that is kind of what it was. But the overall impact is something to consider, over 1300 years ago.
BEFORE the Crusades, Europe was Attacked by the Saracens
Mohammed was alive only 100 years before the growth of Islam started. They converted through the sword. They went across Northern Africa, subdued Africans and a variety of peoples along the coast, and then the Spanish. You will hear about the Crusades, but you don't hear about the Moslems attacking Europe in 732 AD. And with today's education system, it will probably disappear into the mists of history.
Charles Martel Won at Tours, Then Charlemagne Crowned Himself and Christianity Became "Safe"
The new Christian Roman empire of the West, which the genius of Charlemagne founded, and throughout which his iron will imposed peace on the old anarchy of creeds and races, did not indeed retain its integrity after its great ruler' s death. Fresh troubles came over Europe; but Christendom, though disunited, was safe.
The progress of civilization, and the development of the nationalities and governments of modern Europe, from that time forth went forward in not uninterrupted, but ultimately certain career. When Charlemagne crowned himself as the "Holy Roman Emperor", it was much more than Middle Ages Theater. It was prophetic of a "modern world".
The Norman Invasion of England from France to England
When Hitler ended up NOT invading England, it made everyone reflect. Wow. Those Normans were the last to cross that Channel with conquering intent. It also made people think of the overly puffed up Spanish Armada, which also failed to conquer England.
The Normans, a group of Viking tribes who settled northern France and married native French women became a solidified and unique people. Around the time of the 800's, right after Charlemagne, the Vikings went down the Seine and told the Parisians they would protect them for fees. This also had a "stabilizing effect" during the time of the Vikings. That is a very short story of the Vikings, but suffice it to say that by the time of the Invasion of England, the Normans were a distinct people. Thus, the English language, the English people, their whole sense of "who they were" became solid after the Norman Invasion by William the Conqueror from France.
France Grows to Compete becomes itselfwith Britain around the World but Supports the American Revolution to Victory.
Yes, Napoleon emanates from France, Goes to Moscow and is humiliated, then ends Power in Belgium, but should be considered France in the early 1800's'
World War I is almost completely fought in France.
World War II centers around the "old ground" of WW!.
Ironically, Vichy France is the area of discussion for this article, as if old "Champagne" France will not be fought over. The Provence Region is what it is.
When a gambler goes to Monaco and happily spins the wheel, an above the world view could almost conceive of a pleasant and settled piece of acreage surrounding a Bottle of Champagne.
Irronically, Paganism was never a "Whole Enemy" to counter Christian growth.
The progress of civilization, and the development of the nationalities and governments of modern Europe,
from that time forth went forward in not uninterrupted, but ultimately certain career.
When Charlemagne crowned himself as the "Holy Roman Emperor", it was much more than Middle Ages Theater.
It was prophetic of a "Modern World".
One Could Say, it all began with Charles Martel.
"Changed History" A Key Phrase that Looms
© 2010 Christofer French