History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 2

History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 2

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History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 2

History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 2

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The story might stop here: it is complete; the statistics are simple and few; the philosophy is, in the main, manifest. There remains, however, a question to be considered, -- a question of historic judgment, upon which I express myself with some diffidence, as the opinion I have formed is not in accordance with that of most modern historians. It will be most simply stated by quoting a well-known and often repeated paragraph from the great work of Gibbon. In speaking of the battle in Touraine, he says: "A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the Rock of Gibraltar to the banks of the Loire; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Korán would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mo-

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