The Moors in Spain

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

XI.
MY CID THE CHALLENGER.

IT is time to glance at the opponents of the Moors in the North. We have seen how Pelayo gathered together the remnant of the Goths in the inaccessible caves and fastnesses of the Asturian mountains; how this remnant soon advanced beyond its early boundaries, and, taking courage from the indifference or the disunion of the Berber tribes who were quartered on the frontiers of the Mohammedan dominions, gradually recovered most of the territory north of the Sierra de Guadarrama, and there established the kingdom of Leon and the county of Castile; while the separate kingdom of Navarre arose further east, beneath the Pyrenees. We have also seen how these Christian kingdoms were in a state of almost constant war with their Moorish neighbours, and might have been seriously dangerous but for the no less constant divisions which neutralized the various Christian States. So long as the kingdom of Cordova remained strong and undivided, while the Christians of Leon, Castile, and Navarre wasted their vigour in civil wars, the Moors were fully equal to the task of preserving their dominions. But when the kingdom of Cordova fell, and Andalusia became a prey to

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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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