The children of a dying paradise
It was an... odd experience, to say the least.
There is a stark contrast, by the way, between the meek and submissive natures of the Europeans that Mr. Langness encountered, and the Muslims that he fought with. As he states at length in his writing, he actually found himself greatly admiring those he fought against, because they have a warrior spirit and a strength that has gone very much amiss in the rest of Europe.
I understand entirely where that comes from. Once you know what it means to stand up and hit another man, and desperately try to avoid letting him hit you back, you will know what I mean when I say that fighting is the fastest way I know of to establish bonds of brotherhood between men who might otherwise be mortal enemies.
Even so, one might be pardoned for asking... WHAT THE NIFLHEIM HAPPENED?!?
Yet, in a sense, that cowardly response to foreign invasion is, in fact, not only understandable but rational.
But what do you do against an opponent whose very way of life states that it is no dishonour to lie, to cheat, to kill, and to break one's word of honour whenever it is convenient to do so- which is exactly how Muslims have repeatedly fought against Christian opponents historically?