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 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.
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 Born at a time when Christianity was
No one believed I was destined for greatness So 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 visi
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 What 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
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain17 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
Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found here In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from the good fight , For Whom the Bell Tolls The story of R
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
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
The history books have cast Katherine of Aragon, the first queen of King Henry VIII of England, as the ultimate symbol of the Betrayed Woman, cruelly tossed aside in favor of her husband s seductive mistress, Anne Boleyn Katherine s sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of
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,
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
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