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.
This is a well written, and researched book, and has answered questions that I have had about this era for many years. It has filled a number of gaps in my knowledge about Islamic rule in Spain and its decline, and I have learnt more about the subsequent rulers, Fernando and Isabel, uniting Spain, after the conquest of Granada in 1492.
A good read for those who have an interest in Spanish studies and historical events of this era.
by Anne Parsons
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.