Moorish Spain / Edition 2

Moorish Spain / Edition 2

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by Richard Fletcher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248406

ISBN-13: 9780520248403

Pub. Date: 05/05/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Beginning in the year 711 and continuing for nearly a thousand years, the Islamic presence survived in Spain, at times flourishing, and at other times dwindling into warring fiefdoms. But the culture and science thereby brought to Spain, including long-buried knowledge from Greece, largely forgotten during Europe’s Dark Ages, was to have an enduring impact on

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Beginning in the year 711 and continuing for nearly a thousand years, the Islamic presence survived in Spain, at times flourishing, and at other times dwindling into warring fiefdoms. But the culture and science thereby brought to Spain, including long-buried knowledge from Greece, largely forgotten during Europe’s Dark Ages, was to have an enduring impact on the country as it emerged into the modern era.
In this gracefully written history, Richard Fletcher reveals the Moorish culture in all its fascinating disparity and gives us history at its best: here is vivid storytelling by a renowned scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248403
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/05/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
493,275
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
1Romance and Reality1
2The Secret of the Tower15
3The Curve of Conversion35
4The Caliphate of Cordoba53
5The Party Kings79
6The Moroccan Fundamentalists105
7Convivencia131
8Nasrid Granada157
9An August Pomegranate171
Notes on Further Reading177
Index179

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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
When our older son Mark was a high school sophomore he wanted to study Medieval European history that year, and this is the last of three books on the subject recommended to us by Scott Woodruff of HSLDA. It begins in the year 711 when a small Berber army under Arab leadership crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco, defeated the army of Spain, slew its king, and conquered the Iberian peninsula, and continues until 1492 when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella finally succeeded in driving out the Moors from Spain. One of the contributions of the Moors to European history was that much of the learning of ancient Greece and Rome, lost to Europe after the fall of Rome, preserved by the Byzantine Empire, and absorbed by the Arabs and Turks who conquered Constantinople, was returned by the Moslems who ruled Spain. This is a fascinating look at an often-neglected facet of Medieval European history. Fletcher is Professor of History at the University of York. His other books include the prize-winning The Quest for El Cid, and the more recent The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity.