Imperial Spain, 1469-1716

27 January 2020 | 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

Homage to Catalonia

27 January 2020 | By George Orwell | Filed in: spanish history.

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.

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

27 January 2020 | 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 Born at a time when Christianity was

The Spanish Civil War

27 January 2020 | 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 What 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

27 January 2020 | 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,

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

27 January 2020 | By C.W. Gortner | Filed in: spanish history.

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

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and its Silent Past

27 January 2020 | 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

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

27 January 2020 | 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

Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II

27 January 2020 | 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 Philip 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 Armada

The Last Queen

27 January 2020 | 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

Franco: A Biography

27 January 2020 | 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

For Whom the Bell Tolls

27 January 2020 | By Ernest Hemingway | Filed in: spanish history.

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