I’m reblogging this because it’s a fascinating story – even though I don’t really believe it. Essentially, the Byzantine emperor Heraclius – the first Roman to have to confront the new religion of Islam – was said to have considered converting. Only the opposition of his own nobility stopped him doing so. As a result, he then went on to lose most of the Levant to the invading Arab/Muslim armies – this was a particularly harsh setback as he’d only just managed to defeat the Persians who had overrun the Byzantine empire a few years before. For a blow by blow critique of this story – go here: http://www.answering-islam.org/Muhammad/heraclius.html But thanks to this blogger for reminding me of this and I’d be delighted to hear your views.