The Moors in Spain

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

X.
THE BERBERS IN POWER.

THE best constituted countries will occasionally fall into anarchy when the will that has guided them is removed; and this is one of the strong arguments of those who hold that a State is best governed by the mass of its people. Keep a people in leading strings, it is said, and the moment the strings break, or are worn out, the people will not know where to go. The theory, however, is only a general statement of an obvious truth, and its application depends greatly upon the character of the people. Some nations seem always to need leading strings, and none has yet become absolutely independent of the guidance of a dominant mind; nor would such independence be desirable, unless a dead level of mediocrity be our ideal of a State. Andalusia, at all events, could not dispense with her leaders; and the instant her leader died, down fell the State. When "great Cæsar fell," then "I and you and all of us fell down," not so much for sympathy as incapacity. The multiplicity of mutually hostile parties and factions made anything resembling a settled constitution impossible in the dominion of the Moors. Only a strong hand could restrain the animosity of the opposing creeds

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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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