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Chronicle Of The Conquest Of Granada

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A vital book on momentous events in Iberia

The works of Washington Irving, one of the earliest of the great American writers, need little introduction. He was a man of varied interests and enormous talent able to write entertaining and enduring fiction including the iconic 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and the wonderful collection of travelogue and fantasy that is 'Tales from the Alhambra.' His ability as an historian cannot be underestimated and he was able to leave posterity a...

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Overview

A vital book on momentous events in Iberia

The works of Washington Irving, one of the earliest of the great American writers, need little introduction. He was a man of varied interests and enormous talent able to write entertaining and enduring fiction including the iconic 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and the wonderful collection of travelogue and fantasy that is 'Tales from the Alhambra.' His ability as an historian cannot be underestimated and he was able to leave posterity a canon of outstanding books on subjects ranging from the early days of exploration in his homeland, to this book, 'The Conquest of Granada,' about the history of Spain-a country in which he worked while living in the famous Alhambra of Granada. The period of Spanish history this book concentrates on is fascinating. The Islamic world, both in the form of the Ottoman Turks and the Moors of North Africa, made enormous inroads into 'Christian' Europe over hundreds of years. Before this Islamic tide finally abated it had to be turned back at Tours-almost at the gates of Paris-by Charles Martel in AD 732 and would besiege Vienna in 1529 and 1683. Large tracts of land fell under their control and nowhere was more successfully or enduringly settled than Spain in the form of the jewel that was Al-Andalus. A series of campaigns in the last years of the 14th century known as the 'Reconquista' saw the Catholic monarchs, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon finally bring about the fall of the Nasrid dynasty's hold on the emirate of Granada. Irving's work is an acknowledged classic and is essential reading for all those interested in the epic struggle between the sword and cross and the scimitar and crescent.

Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857067586
  • Publisher: Oakpast
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1
I. Of the Kingdom of Granada, and the tribute which it paid to the Castilian crown 9
II. How the Catholic sovereigns sent to demand arrears of tribute of the Moor, and how the Moor replied 13
III. How the Moor determined to strike the first blow in the war 17
IV. Expedition of Muley Aben Hassan against the fortress of Zahara 19
V. Expedition of the Marques of Cadiz against Alhama 23
VI. How the people of Granada were affected on hearing of the capture of Alhama; and how the Moorish King sallied forth to regain it 31
VII. How the Duke of Medina Sidonia, and the Chivalry of Andalusia, hastened to the relief of Alhama 38
VIII. Sequel of the events at Alhama 42
IX. Events at Granada, and rise of the Moorish King Boabdil El Chico 46
X. Royal expedition against Loxa 51
XI. How Muley Aben Hassan made a foray into the lands of Medina Sidonia, and how he was received 58
XII. Foray of Spanish cavaliers among the mountains of Malaga 64
XIII. Effects of the disasters among the mountains of Malaga 76
XIV. How King Boabdil El Chico marched over the borders 79
XV. How the Count De Cabra sallied forth from his castle, in quest of King Boabdil 83
XVI. The battle of Lucena 87
XVII. Lamentations of the Moors for the battle of Lucena 93
XVIII. How Muley Aben Hassan profited by the misfortunes of his son Boabdil 97
XIX. Captivity of Boabdil El Chico 99
XX. Of the treatment of Boabdil by the Castilian sovereigns 102
XXI. Return of Boabdil from captivity 105
XXII. Foray of the Moorish Alcaydes and battle of Loper 110
XXIII. Retreat of Hamet El Zegri, Alcayde of Ronda 119
XXIV. Of the reception at Court of the Count de Cambra and the Alcayde De Los Donzeles 122
XXV. How the Marques of Cadiz concerted to surprise Zahara, and the result of his enterprise 125
XXVI. Of the fortress of Alhama, and how wisely it was governed by the Count De Tendilla 130
XXVII. Foray of Christian knights into the territory of the Moors 135
XXVIII. Attempt of El Zagal to surprise Boabdil in Almeria 141
XXIX. How King Ferdinand commenced another campaign against the Moors, and how he laid siege to Coin and Cartama 144
XXX. Siege of Ronda 149
XXXI. How the people of Granada invited El Zagal to the throne, and how he marched to the capital 154
XXXII. How the Count De Cabra attempted to capture another King, and how he fared in his attempt 158
XXXIII. Expedition against the castles of Cambil and Albahar 165
XXXIV. Enterprise of the Knights of Calatrava against Zalea 171
XXXV. Death of Muley Aben Hassan 175
XXXVI. Of the Christian army which assembled at the city of Cordova 179
XXXVII. How fresh commotions broke out in Granada, and how the people undertook to allay them 184
XXXVIII. How King Ferdinand held a council of war at the Rock of the Lovers 187
XXXIX. How the royal army appeared before the city of Loxa, and how it was received; and of the doughty achievements of the English Earl 190
XL. Conclusion of the siege of Loxa 195
XLI. Capture of Illora 197
XLII. Of the arrival of Queen Isabella at the camp before Moclin; and of the pleasant sayings of the English Earl 199
XLIII. How King Ferdinand attacked Moclin, and of the strange events that attended its capture 204
XLIV. How King Ferdinand foraged the Vega; and of the battle of the Bridge of Pinos, and the fate of the two Moorish brothers 208
XLV. Attempt of El Zagal upon the life of Boabdil, and how the latter was roused to action 214
Volume 2
I. How Boabdil returned secretly to Granada, and how he was received 217
II. How King Ferdinand laid siege to Velez Malaga 220
III. How King Ferdinand and his army were exposed to imminent peril before Velez Malaga 227
IV. Result of the stratagem of El Zagal to surprise King Ferdinand 230
V. How the people of Granada rewarded the valor of El Zagal 236
VI. Surrender of Velez Malaga and other places 239
VII. Of the city of Malaga and its inhabitants 241
VIII. Advance of King Ferdinand against Malaga 246
IX. Siege of Malaga 250
X. Siege of Malaga continued, obstinacy of Hamet El Zegri 253
XI. Attack of the Marques of Cadiz upon Gibralfaro 256
XII. Siege of Malaga continued, stratagems of various kinds 258
XIII. Sufferings of the people of Malaga 262
XIV. How a Moorish Santon undertook to deliver the city of Malaga from the power of its enemies 265
XV. How Hamet El Zegri was hardened in his obstinacy by the arts of a Moorish astrologer 269
XVI. Siege of Malaga continued, destruction of a tower by Francisco Ramirez De Madrid 273
XVII. How the people of Malaga expostulated with Hamet El Zegri 274
XVIII. How Hamet El Zegri sallied forth with the sacred banner, to attack the Christian camp 277
XIX. How the city of Malaga capitulated 281
XX. Fulfillment of the prophecy of the dervise--Fate of Hamet El Zegri 286
XXI. How the Castilian sovereigns took possession of the city of Malaga, and how King Ferdinand signalized himself by his skill in bargaining with the inhabitants for their ransom 288
XXII. How King Ferdinand prepared to carry the war into a different part of the territories of the Moors 294
XXIII. How King Ferdinand invaded the eastern side of the kingdom of Granada, and how he was received by El Zagal 298
XXIV. How the Moors made various enterprises against the Christians 302
XXV. How King Ferdinand prepared to besiege the city of Baza, and how the city prepared for defense 305
XXVI. The Battle of the Gardens before Baza 310
XXVII. Siege of Baza--Embarrassments of the army 314
XXVIII. Siege of Baza continued--How King Ferdinand completely invested the city 317
XXIX. Exploit of Hernando Perez Del Pulgar and other cavaliers 320
XXX. Continuation of the siege of Baza 323
XXXI. How two friars arrived at the camp, and how they came from the Holy Land 326
XXXII. How Queen Isabella devised means to supply the army with provisions 331
XXXIII. Of the disasters that befell the camp 334
XXXIV. Encounters between the Christians and Moors before Baza; and the devotion of the inhabitants to the defense of their city 337
XXXV. How Queen Isabella arrived at the camp, and the consequences of her arrival 340
XXXVI. Surrender of Baza 343
XXXVII. Submission of El Zagal to the Castilian sovereigns 349
XXXVIII. Events at Granada subsequent to the submission or El Zagal 353
XXXIX. How King Ferdinand turned his hostilities against the city of Granada 357
XL. The fate of the Castle of Roma 362
XLI. How Boabdil El Chico took the field; and his expedition against Alhendin 365
XLII. Exploit of the Count De Tendilla 368
XLIII. Expedition of Boabdil El Chico against Salobrena--Exploit of Hernando Perez Del Pulgar 372
XLIV. How King Ferdinand treated the people of Guadix, and how El Zagal finished his regal career 377
XLV. Preparations of Granada for a desperate defense 381
XLVI. How King Ferdinand conducted the siege cautiously; and how Queen Isabella arrived at the camp 385
XLVII. Of the insolent defiance of Yarfe, the Moor, and the daring exploit of Hernando Perez Del Pulgar 387
XLVIII. How Queen Isabella took a view of the city of Granada, and how her curiosity cost the lives of many Christians and Moors 390
XLIX. Conflagration of the Christian camp 396
L. The last ravage before Granada 398
LI. Building of the City of Santa Fe--Despair of the Moors 402
LII. Capitulation of Granada 405
LIII. Commotions in Granada 408
LIV. Surrender of Granada 412
LV. How the Castilian sovereigns took possession of Granada 416
Appendix
Fate of Boabdil El Chico 419
Death of the Marques of Cadiz 422
The Legend of the death of Don Alonzo De Aguilar 425
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