Wednesday, September 14, 2005

King Offa and Islam

At gunpoint I'm forcing the kids to read Churchill's 'History Of The English-Speaking Peoples', having totally given up hope that history as taught at a State comprehensive will teach them anything at all.

Churchill notes with interest how the powerful Mercian king Offa (of Dike fame) had coins struck from an Arabic die (Islamic civilisation was approaching its zenith), overstruck with 'Rex Anglorum' (king of the English), and used as tribute to the Pope in Rome.

The Arabic inscription on the die said 'there is one God, and Mohammed is his Prophet' !

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