Arab Invasion of Spain (back cover text)
During the depth of the Dark Age, Arab Armies crossed over from Spain
into France looting, pillaging, and imposing their religion onto the
Christian population. Richard Gibbon, the eighteenth century historian,
put it this way, From such calamities was Christondom delivered by
the genius and fortune or one man. Charles Martel, the illegitimate son
of Pepin, was content with the titles of mayor or duke of the Franks,
but he was destined to become the father of a line of kings.
Author Louis deMartelly has dug deep into the history and fable of the
Dark Age to get a true picture of Martel and his time. DeMartelly's Martel
emerges as a kind of barbarian warrior torn between the paganism of the
North and the Christianity of Rome. His conversion is brought about
with the help of an enchanted lance, often claimed to be the Holy Grail.
These are the historical facts. DeMartelly has woven them carefully
into a novel to bring out a true picture of the DARK AGE with its INTRIGUE,
its COMBAT and its FAITH. The facts are TRUE to the available history.
The fictional characters interact with the real to tell the story of
this most influential man in our history.
Note: the Lance is also called the Spear of Destiny,
the Lance of Longinus, and the Holy Lance.