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March 5, 2009 Posted by tahir in Travel

Five Facts of England

 
The British Royal Family is of Arabian extraction, through the line of the 14th century Castilian king, Pedro the Cruel.
 
King John of England supposedly offered to convert to Islam, and hand his fealty over to the Moors, if they would help him. The Moorish king refused.
 
Morris dancing is derived from the term ‘Moorish dancing’, and came to Europe and hence to England, from North Africa during the centuries of Andalucian Spain.
 
Shakespeare used stories found in Arabic, which were very current in his time. And Chaucer’s ‘Pear Tree Tale’ is found in the Persian of the Sufi mystic Jalaludin Rumi.
 
The earliest version of the classic English folktale, Dick Whittington and his Cat, is attributed to Persia.
 
 
TS