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Andrew Chaney wrote:
>> [snip]  Launching crusades to liberate Arabized Italy and
>> Greece. [snip]
>
>Would that have happened?  Weren't the crusades (at least nominally)
>supposed to free the _holylands_ from the barbarian Arabs?
>No Rome = no Vatican = no particular religious significance for the area.

The Germanic tribes would probably have remained polytheistic for a longer
time. Christianity would have reached them eventually, tho.

--Andrew Strader     http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/~strader