The Moors in Spain

By Stanley Lane-Poole; Arthur Gilman | Go to book overview

THE STORY
OF THE MOORS IN SPAIN.

I.
THE LAST OF THE GOTHS.

WHEN the armies of Alexander the Great were trampling upon the ancient empires of the East, one country remained undisturbed and undismayed. The people of Arabia sent no humble embassies to the conqueror. Alexander resolved to bring the contemptuous Arabs to his feet: he was preparing to invade their land when death laid its hand upon him, and the Arabs remained unconquered.

This was more than three hundred years before Christ, and even then the Arabs had long been established in independence in their great desert peninsula. For nearly a thousand years more they continued to dwell there in a strange solitude. Great empires sprang up all around them; the successors of Alexander founded the Syrian kingdom of the Seleucids and the Egyptian dynasty of the Ptolemies; Augustus was crowned Imperator at Rome; Constantine became the first Christian emperor at Byzantium;

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • List of Illustrations xix
  • I - The Story of the Moors in Spain 1
  • II - The Wave of Conquest. 23
  • III - The People of Andalusia. 39
  • IV - A Young Pretender. 58
  • V - The Christian Martyrs. 78
  • VI - The Great Khalif. 96
  • VII - The Holy War. 114
  • VIII - The City of the Khalif. 129
  • IX - The Prime Minister. 152
  • X - The Berbers in Power. 167
  • XI - My Cid the Challenger. 185
  • XII - The Kingdom of Granada. 214
  • XIII - The Fall of Granada. 246
  • XIV - Bearing the Cross. 269
  • Index to the Text and the Notes 281
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