Almost every literate person in the West has at least heard of the Battle of Tours in AD 732, where the jihad was stopped dead in its tracks, ending its conquest of Western Europe. At least most Catholics are aware of the Battle of Lepanto, 7 October 1571, which broke the sea-power of the jihad in the Mediterranean, if only because the anniversary is the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, and because of Chesterton's poem, 'Lepanto'. Many, especially the historically minded, are familiar with the Siege of Vienna in 1683, where the Christian forces under Don Juan of Austria and King Jan Sobieski of Poland stopped the Turkish jihad in Eastern Europe, and King Jan said, 'I came, I saw, God conquered'!
But, how many people are aware of the Battle of Covadonga, where it all began? Ten years before Charles the Hammer defeated the jihadists in Francia, Don Pelayo defeated them in Hispania, beginning the roll-back of jihadist domination of Christian lands, which continued in Spain for 770 years until 1492 when Their Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand and Isabella expelled the last Moorish descendants of the slaughterers of the Iberian Peninsula from Grenada in 1492.
It is unfortunate today that Spain, led by the sons of the Revolution and a Roi fainéant, is once again being invaded by jihadists. And now, the jihadists are teaching their children that because Spain was once al-Andalus, Muslim territory, it is their duty to once again conquer Spain, and bring it into Dar al-Islam, the portion of the world subject to their Satanic sharia law.
In 722, Pelagius of Asturias, known in Spanish as Don Pelayo, defeated the jihadist army at Covadonga. He was a Visigothic nobleman who founded the Kingdom of Asturias, ruling it from 718 until his death. Through his victory at the Battle of Covadonga, he is credited with beginning the Reconquista, the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Moorish jihadists. He established an independent Christian state in opposition to jihadist hegemony.
Monument in memory of Pelagius
(Don Pelayo) at Covadonga,
site of his famous victory.
To this day, the eldest son of the reigning King of Spain bears the title, 'Prince of Asturias' in honour of that little corner of Spain and its great contribution to Western, Spanish, Catholic culture through their defeat of the jihadist hordes.
Below are two videos regarding the battle.
This is from Real Crusades History, a channel that tells the truth about the Crusades, not through a lens of anti-Catholic, anti-Western prejudice like most sources discussing the Crusades.
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