A much quoted proverb tells us that history repeats itself. That is perhaps debatable, but there is plenty of evidence to show that human nature has changed little over the centuries. In the story of the Sultanate of Granada and its conquest,we come across greed, the lust for wealth and power,deceit, cowardice and betrayal; but also generosity,courage,loyalty, self-sacrifice and humanity. The blend and balance of those characteristics bring the personalities out of the pages of history and much closer to the world in which we live today.
Fluency in languages drew Donald McGilvray into an international career. He has lived in several countries in Europe and East Asia and has traveled widely elsewhere; frequently to the Middle East. Conversations with people of diverse race, faith and culture often turned to history, the subject which he had read at university. Those factors, combined with research in libraries,archives and on the ground in Spain,led to the writing of this book.