The story of Spain s rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the poorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one With the marriage of Ferdinand Isabella, the final expulsion of the Moslems and the discovery of America, Spain took on a seemingly unst
In 1936 George Orwell travelled to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists This famous account describes the war and Orwell s own experiences Introduction by Lionel Trilling.
Since its first publication, Hugh Thomas s The Spanish Civil War has become established as the definitive one volume history of a conflict that continues to provoke intense controversy today n nWhat was it that roused left wing sympathizers from all over the world to fight against Franco between 1936
From the late fifteenth to the mid eighteenth century, Spain was the most extensive empire the world had seen, stretching from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines This provocative work of history attributes Spain s rise to power to the collaboration of international business interests, in
An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus s journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history n nBorn at a time when Christianity was
No one believed I was destined for greatness n nSo begins Isabella s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history s most famous and controversial queens the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the vi
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain26 September 2019 | By María Rosa Menocal | Filed in: spanish-history.
Undoing the familiar notion of the Middle Ages as a period of religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, Mar a Menocal now brings us a portrait of a medieval culture where literature, science, and tolerance flourished for 500 years.The story begins as a young prince in exile the last heir to
The appearance, than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended, of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco s death squads finally broke what Spaniards call the pact of forgetting the unwritten understanding that their recent, painful past was best left unexplored At this charg
The remains of General Francisco Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid, built with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave laborers His enemies, however, met less exalted fates Besides those killed on the battlefield, tens of thousands were officially executed between 1936 and 1945,
From the acclaimed, best selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed For three crucial years in the 1930s, the S
Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain, was the most tenacious and most successful of twentieth century Europe s great dictators He is remembered widely as the astute general under whose leadership the Nationalist cause was victorious in the Spanish Civil War and the Communist threat
Vivid and absorbing, this is a first person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history the overthrow of Montezuma s Aztec empire by the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers Bernal D az del Castillo, himself a soldier under Cortes, presents a fascinatingly detai
A vast archive of documents, unread since the sixteenth century, revises the portrait of Spain s best known king n nPhilip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armad
Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time In his stunning new nov