Baron at Gates of Vienna has posted a "small, but beautiful" list of friends. I am honored to be among them. These friends are lesser known blogs that he recommends. I will be busy checking them out. I have learned much from the erudite "Gates of Vienna" blog about the ancient relationship between Islam and Europe. I thought previously that Islam in Europe had affected only the Iberian peninsula. I was unaware, as their masthead tells: "At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war."