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Pelagius of Asturias Teaches Us A Lesson From History When He Defended Christendom From The Risk Of Muslim Invasion

Pelagius of AsturiasPelayo knowns he must disobey authority when the good of his people is at stake

Pelagius of Asturias is often paralleled with Gideon and the 300 men as well as Leonidas and the Spartan defense of the Thermopylae Pass. What do these three men have in common?

These heroic leaders defeated their enemies in battle against great odds. As with Gideon, divine intervention played a role in Pelayo’s victory at Cavadonga, and like both Leonidas and Gideon, Pelagius of Asturias had only 300 men.

Introducing Patrick Bowen as Pelagius of Asturias, Michael Bowen as Bishop Oppas, Faustina Bowen as Our Lady of Covadonga, Pelayo is an intriguing introduction to the role Spain played in saving the West from the relentless onslaught of Muslim conquest.

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Pelayo demonstrates that good citizens have a duty to disobey authority when immoral or unfair orders are given. The "revolutionary and rebellious" Bishop Oppas is not concerned for the spiritual good of the early Spanish known as Visigoths but our hero, Pelayo stands up for the people.

God is pleased with Pelayo's bravery and sends the Blessed Mother to deliver a message of victory. Through her intercession, the Visigoths conquer the great Muslim force.

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This part of the story emphasizes the great love of the Mother of God for her children here on earth and the victories she is able to win when complete trust is placed in her. Although conquering the Muslims with so small a force was seemingly impossible, Pelayo and his Visigoth followers had faith in their Mother and fought the impossible battle anyway. 

They didn't expect to be saved without putting up a fight either, though. They neither despaired nor committed the great sin of presumption that God would save them without any effort on their part. They were seemingly losing until they engaged in battle. When they did, Mary preformed the impossible and assisted in the victory. 

This is much like the battles we face in our world today. 

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The revolutionary Bishop Oppas climbs the mountain with iniquitous intent

After escaping from the Moors, Pelayo retreats to the Asturias Mountains and waits for the Moors to arrive at the foot of the mountain. The Moors send their representative up the mountain: the revolutionary and rebellious Bishop Oppas.

Bishop Oppas unsuccessfully tries to dissuade Pelayo by pointing out how outnumbered his army is. He returns to the Muslim camp without Pelayo surrendering.

When the first attack is launched, the Spanish Visigoths are driven back to a cave that rests inside one of the mountain crags. There, the Mother of God appears to the army. She presents Pelagius of Asturias with a shield which in gold letters is written the Holy Name of Jesus.

She encourages the small army telling them that the Moors waver and  victory will be theirs if they attack swiftly and boldly. The confident Visigoths fall upon the Moors who flee the field and abandon the campaign. Like Gideon, Pelagius of Asturias defeats the Moors with an army of a mere 300 and the aid of Our Lady of Covadonga, the most holy Mother of God. 

An Island Of Christianity Surrounded By A Sea Of Mohammedanism

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Pelayo ruled as King of the Asturias for the remainder of his life. His kingdom was no bigger than a 10 mile radius. But it represented an island of Christianity surrounded by a sea of Mohammedanism.

This event in the summer of 722 A.D. marked the first victory of the Christians over the Moors in Spain. Pelayo’s heroism rippled down the ages making a crescendo when the good Queen Isabella drove the last infidel from Spain during her reign in the fifteenth century, seven hundred years later.

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In This Sign You Shall Conquer...A Victory for Pelayo and his Visigoths

The short script was inspired mainly by James Fitzhenry's book, El Cid, God's Own Champion.

Though this novel mostly focuses on the eventful life of another hero, Rodrigo Diaz, there is a short section dedicated to the battle of Covadonga. This is an inspiring short novel on Spain and her Moorish invaders.

Shortly after the creation of the film, Mr. James Fitzhenry published a new book on this Spanish hero titled Pelayo, King of the Asturias

What is heroism? James Fitzhenry answers this question perfectly well in his new book Pelayo King of Asturias.

Many more hours were spent researching Warren Carroll's A History of Christendom Volume II: "The Building of Christendom".

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll are indeed recorders of good stories. This generation will never know how indebted we are to theses two historians for all their work in preserving true history.

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History Double Feature Pelayo & Max and Carlota

If you are enamored with the Spanish hero Pelagius of Asturias, you are in for a real treat!

You can purchase your copy of our History Double Feature which features Pelayo and Max & Carlota two of our history shorts.

Pelayo A Short Film On The Hero Of The Asturias Mountains, Of Spain And Of All Christendom

You Can Also View The Film On The Industrious Family Films App.

One of the objectives of this film is to put serious effort into the battle scenes. Making it was a blast.

Here's what one fan and fellow movie maker had to say:

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"I was SO VERY impressed with your latest production: Pelayo. I have been watching your progress and am quite stunned with the astounding improvement covered in each area--screenplay, story line, acting, audio etc.... Keep up the amazing work!"

-Elizabeth V., Missouri

We hope you agree with Bethy! Find out for yourself by ordering your own copy! And you're not going to want to miss the soundtrack. Another winner from Music Forge.

Enjoy Industrious Family Films' Best Battle Music From The Epic Pelayo Soundtrack. Plus, A Beautiful Prayerful Piece Dedicated To Our Lady, Queen Of Victories

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