Matters of Humanities

Season 1, episode 1: The third wave

Published on 3 January 2023 - Created by Maurits Berger

Were the Muslims set on conquering Europe? And how did Europeans respond? In this first episode, I will tell the stories of the first encounters between Europe and Islam. Everyone knows about the Muslim conquest of Spain, of course, but there were also encounters with Normans, Franks and Byzantines. These encounters sometimes came in the form of wars, mostly there was a lot of raiding, but there was trade and diplomacy too.