1156 UNIVERSAL BISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.
Franks, however, attempted not to press their
advantage by an invasion of Spain. There
the Mohammedans remained for many centuries.
Cordova became the seat of art and learning.
The Arab philosophers became the sages of
the West. With the subsidence of prejudice
the unlettered peoples beyond the Pyrenees
and the Alps began to repair to the Mohammedan schools to receive an education which
could not be obtained in the barbarous institutions of the North. The seeds of learning
were scattered by the scholars of Islam, and
the Crescent taught the Cross the rudiments