Moorish Spain, Paperback Book
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A clear, intelligently-written guide to a crucial period of Spanish historyWritten in the same tradition as John Julius Norwich's engrossing accounts of Venice and Byzantium, Richard Fletcher's Moorish Spain entertains even as it enlightens.

He tells the story of a vital period in Spanish history which transformed the culture and society, not only of Spain, but of the rest of Europe as well.

Moorish influence transformed the architecture, art, literature and learning and Fletcher combines this analysis with a crisp account of the wars, politics and sociological changes of the time.


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Textbook history textbook style. Fairly even-handed for an account from the Western European side of things, it dispels some persistent myths about the Reconquest and places Moorish Spain at the heart of European culture. One for the casual reader, though, as the scholar will be very frustrated by the lack of reference to any sources for some of the wilder speculations and figures.