Today in European history: the Battle of Guadalete (711)

Savvy readers will know that we’ve already covered the Battle of Guadalete in other contexts, and although nobody actually knows for sure when this decisive battle of the Muslim conquest of Iberia really took place, today is arguably the most likely candidate. Historian David Lewis, who has written on Islamic Spain among many other topics, puts Guadalete on this date, and who am I to argue with him? Hugh Kennedy writes in his Muslim Spain and Portugal that the battle “seems to have lasted for a number of days around 20 July 711,” and this is a date around 20 July, so what the hell.

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