October 10, 732 is the anniversary of the Battle of Tours/Poitiers (100 years after the death of Muhammad),
Martel’s victory is believed by many historians to have stopped the northward advance of Muslims from the Iberian peninsula, and is therefore also considered of macrohistorical importance in that it halted the Muslim conquests and preserved Christianity as the controlling faith in Europe during a period when Muslim rule was overrunning the remains of the old Roman and Persian Empires.
Despite the great importance of this battle, its exact location remains unknown. Surviving contemporary sources, both Western and Muslim, agree on certain details while disputing others.
Losses during the battle are unknown; according to St. Denis Martel’s force lost about 1,500, which was probably greatly understated;
In the following BBC podcast, “In Our Time”, Melvyn Bragg and three University professors discuss the Battle of Tours.