TONAL Chantilly Museum

The Moors, Civilizers of Early Europe 

The Moors, Civilizers of Europe

The Moors, Civilizers of Europe. The exhibit showcases the Moorish culture and contributions to early Europe. Many are unaware that early Europe was uncivilized, and common activities such as bathing was considered a sin amongst locals. The exhibit is mixed media. Some of our information is located on the actual exhibits. Additional about the exhibit is listed here on our site. Please scroll for more.

The Moors as many know are Black People from Africa that had adopted the islamic religion of ISLAM. Although ISLAM was fluent in North Africa. The ancient civilization of Africa is what was the basis for all Moorish civilization. This exhibit presents pictures and objects from the Moorish era of . The Moors controlled Europe for almost 700 years before the crusades brought ruin to civilization and claimed Moorish concepts as European. 

The founders of both Oxford University and The University of Paris were inspired to bring higher education to their countries after visiting the Moorish kingdom. This interest in education for everyone spread throughout Europe. The European Renaissance began around 1300 AD and the Moors were in power until 1492.Please review all reference links for more information.


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Wild Men and The Moors, Barbarians Attack

This remarkable medieval tapestry depicts a battle between giant wild men, clothed only in forest products or perhaps their own hair, and the civilized defenders of a castle. Of course most notable is the contrast in skin color and the reversal of our expectations that white should denote civilization and black the lack thereof. The wild giants with their unkempt hair and beards attack with sticks and stones. In case we were in any doubt as to the level of civility among these white men, one of the gift-givers has prominent fangs. The Black defenders, by contrast, inhabit a fortified castle and fight with bows and arrows. The men’s neatly groomed beards, robes, and headbands identify them as Saracens or perhaps as Black converts to Christianity. Their king, queen, and princess watch anxiously from the keep, while heralds call out for assistance.

As Devisse and Mollat have suggested, the tapestry is unique in the way it brings into conflict different groups often marked as marginal others in Christian Europe. .

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