Written in the same tradition as John Julius Norwich's engrossing accounts of Venice and Byzantium, Richard Fletcher's Moorish Spain entertains even ...Show synopsisWritten in the same tradition as John Julius Norwich's engrossing accounts of Venice and Byzantium, Richard Fletcher's Moorish Spain entertains even as it enlightens. He tells the story of a vital period in Spanish history which transformed the culture and society, not only of Spain, but of the rest of Europe as well. Moorish influence transformed the architecture, art, literature and learning and Fletcher combines this analysis with a crisp account of the wars, politics and sociological changes of the time. 'Richard Fletcher makes a winding and wonderfully evocative journey through Spanish history...His mastery of his sources is hardly less remarkable than his vivid, almost physical grasp of the Spain he describes' The EconomistHide synopsis
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Fletcher aims this brief survey of a seminal period in European history at a broad audience. He manages this beautifully. I particularly valued the fact that the book nonetheless periodically grounds itself by focussing in on a contemporary source. I also liked his approach to theoretical issues which was stimulating without showing any obvious signs of latter-day romanticism.
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