28 May 2010

Weekend Kneeler Jeopardy Zwei

Here's another one since the last one was snapped up in a NY minute. You guys are too smart.

Category: Great moments in history

Dante wrote this man into his Paradiso and called him a "Defender of the Faith" because if this man had failed, it is likely there would have been no Charlemagne, no Holy Roman Empire, no Papal States.

St. Alex says, please place your answer in the form of a question in the combox, and say a few Hail Marys while you wait for the answer to be revealed.

Demerits for using Google and other sneaky searches. Educated guesses are welcome and encouraged. Good luck!!

The first correct answer in the form of a question wins the highly coveted WKJ ribbon to display on your blog, cubicle or refrigerator door.

Thanks, Vincenzo, for the updated design:


dominic said...

Could it be Constantine?

swissmiss said...

Good try, Dominic, but it wasn't Constantine!

Ray from MN said...

Was it, perchance, St. Martin of Tours? Can you believe I got in late and there still hasn't been a winner.

swissmiss said...


I just got home and was about to post a hint when I found your comment. It is not St. Martin of Tours, but this person had an important victory at the Battle of Tours. You must be channeling the answer.

Ray from MN said...


Was it the knight Roland?

swissmiss said...

Getting closer...Roland served under this person's grandson.

Ray from MN said...

I kinda knew it wasn't St. Martin and then when I checked him out I see he died in about 400 and the Battle of Tours was around 750-75 or so as the Saracens were moving north from Spain towards Paris. If Paris had fallen, that would have been it for Christianity.

I have a time-line on Islam attacks on western-Christian civilization. But I don't want to cheat.

I have gotten St. Martin confused with this guy in the past. I think that there is a pretty famous painting of him in the battle.

swissmiss said...

I wanted a question that was challenging enough that I could be away for the weekend, but this one seems a little too difficult. One more hint before I give it away.

This person is known as the hammer.

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

I know who it is, but I cheated & researched it. A simple Google search did NOT give it to me.

swissmiss said...

I see my blog is becoming a near occasion of sin by causing cheating!! Tsk tsk.

Alrighty then, the answer is, as some of you have found,
Charles Martel

The grandfather of Charlemagne who stopped the Muslims from advancing at the Battle of Tours.

Ray from MN said...

I'm stumped, Swissie!

Even "hammer" doesn't do anything for me.

That three month vacation of yours turned you into the Queen of Jeopardy Tyrants!

Ray from MN said...

Great question, Swissie!

I would have gotten it only if you had made it one of the answers of a multiple choice question.

But I did know it was that battle, one of the most important in world history.

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

Th operative word is "Near". I did not answer, so I did not sin (raised by Jebbies, I am!).
From the sources I found, it also appears that ol' Chuck may have been a close personal friend of Dante. Friends in High Places, I guess.