The Moorish Whore

The Moorish Whore

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by Rebekah Scott
     
 

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A thousand years ago in Spain, Islam and Christianity collided over the lush lands that once were Al-Andaluz.
Princess Zaida was a pawn, plucked as a prize of war from the palace of the poet-king of Sevilla. She sacrificed her name, her faith and her family in a single day to make a marriage of deceit with Alfonso, the passionate Christian king of Castilla and

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A thousand years ago in Spain, Islam and Christianity collided over the lush lands that once were Al-Andaluz.
Princess Zaida was a pawn, plucked as a prize of war from the palace of the poet-king of Sevilla. She sacrificed her name, her faith and her family in a single day to make a marriage of deceit with Alfonso, the passionate Christian king of Castilla and Leon.
As Doña Isabel she was kept in a cell at San Facund, the cold monastic heart of Castilla and Leon -- a delightful toy for the king, and an affront to Abbot Bernardo, an ambitious Frenchman determined to purge this "Moorish whore" from his holy fiefdom. Left alone while the king went to war, Zaida learned to be wily as a bishop in order to survive -- and eventually to disappear.
Years later, hidden in a remote cloister, Sister Mary Isabel wrote her story in documents that were hidden for centuries in the stones of a mountain monastery -- documents that became "The Moorish Whore."
Based on a true story, spiced with poems and tales from the golden age of Islamic Spain, "The Moorish Whore" is a sweeping adventure from a place and time almost lost to history

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ISBN-13:
2940014393461
Publisher:
Peaceable Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
702 KB

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Rebekah Scott is an American historian and newspaper journalist who fell in love with Spain while walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. She shares a house along the Camino with her husband, a menagerie of animals, and an ever-changing cast of pilgrims.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Antonio Toledo Format: Paperback In the days of El Cid, when Spain was a battleground for Christian and Moor, there was a beautiful, seductive Muslim princess kept hidden in a monastic town. She was the wife of Alfonso VI, the warrior king of Castilla y Leon, but derisively known as the "Moorish Whore" by the monastery's abbot. This new novel is her story, secreted away until now. Novelist Rebekah Scott has based her tale of romance amid the changing times of 11th-century Spain. Her gilded Moorish kingdoms are doomed, beset by vulgar forces from the Christian north and Berber south. Their princely daughters are given in marriage as war-prizes to stronger neighbors in order to buy temporary peace. One such woman is Zaida bint Mu'tamid, daughter of a poet king of Seville and now the sequestered wife of King Alfonso. The joy of "The Moorish Whore" is how Scott uses the bits of dusty history that have survived that dark age and shaped them into a plausible tale; a tale that is filled with characters who have deliciously foreign foibles and intrigues enough to satisfy any sleuthhound of a reader. Even though Scott is an American, she lives in Spain and her knowledge of the land and language comes through in her writing. The novel has a great twist for an ending that leaves the reader running to Wikipedia just to see if history, as written by Scott's Princess Zaida, actually could have happened. Hopefully, Scott has other adventures on which to take her readers in future novels.