Archive for January, 2021


January 27, 2021

In 802, an embassy of the Caliph of Baghdad, Harun al-Rashid (of Thousand and One Nights fame), presented Charlemagne with a water clock and a white war elephant named Abul Abbas, to help seal an Abbasid-Carolingian alliance in the wake of the battle in the Pyrenees that resulted in the death of Roland.