Imperial Spain, 1469 - 1716

01 October 2019 | By J.H. Elliott | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Homage to Catalonia

10 March 2019 | By George Orwell | Filed in: spanish-history.

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.

The Spanish Civil War

15 February 2019 | By Hugh Thomas | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763

10 February 2017 | By Henry Kamen | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

14 July 2019 | By Kirstin Downey | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

04 July 2019 | By C.W. Gortner | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and its Silent Past

27 February 2017 | By Giles Tremlett | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

15 September 2019 | By Adam Hochschild | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Franco: A Biography

15 July 2019 | By Paul Preston | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

The Conquest of New Spain

14 October 2019 | By Bernal Díaz del Castillo | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II

10 August 2019 | By Geoffrey Parker | Filed in: spanish-history.

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

The Last Queen

06 May 2019 | By C.W. Gortner | Filed in: spanish-history.

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