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A fascinating history of this pivotal point in Spanish and European history, this is an important new look at the conquest of Granada The sultanate of Granada was the last bastion of Islamic rule in Western Europe. Situated in the mountainous regions of Southern Spain, it survived and even prospered for over two and a half centuries and was then overwhelmed in less than a decade. How did it resist the pressures of its Christian neighbours for so long? How was it then conquered so rapidly? These are the intriguing questions that Donald McGilvray has sought to answer in this carefully researched new look at the topic. In doing so he has brought to light a host of related issues - then as now we come across the use of religion for political ends, religious fundamentalism, holy wars and attempts to create multicultural societies. After a brief introduction to Muslim Spain and the Christian reconquest, the salient features which enabled Nasrid Granada to resist external pressures, despite internal weaknesses, are examined along with the circumstances that led to the final war.The core of the book describes the political and military aspects of that war and the religious, economic and social elements that contributed to it. The drama of the surrender of Granada, enacted on the battlements of the Alhambra and outside the city walls, unfolds in the last chapters which also expose subsequent events. The surrender terms had been generous to the local population and at first a genuine attempt was made to establish a society within which those of different faiths and cultures could live together in harmony. Those efforts were frustrated by the intervention of radical clerics, events which were controversial at the time and remain so today.
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Authors such as Hemingway, Orwell, Laurie Lee, Gerald Brenan, George Borrow, Richard Ford, Washington Irving have long been fascinated by Spain and its rich history and culture and Books4Spain can help you to discover Spain. As a result, there are thousands of books about Spain and books set in Spain in English and Books4Spain has a fantastic selection in many categories, including books to help you Learn Spanish, Travel & Holiday guidebooks, books about Spanish History,Spanish Literature in translation, Crime Fiction books set in Spain, books about Living in Spain, Novels set in Spain, Spanish Cook & Recipe books and much more as well as books about Spanish authors and artists such as Federico Lorca, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Bunuel etc..
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