The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict

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The Eve of Spain demonstrates how the telling and retelling of one of Spain's founding myths played a central role in the formation of that country's national identity. King Roderigo, the last Visigoth king of Spain, rapes (or possibly seduces) La Cava, the daughter of his friend and counselor, Count Julian. In revenge, the count travels to North Africa and conspires with its Berber rulers to send an invading army into Spain. So begins the Muslim conquest and the end of Visigothic rule. A few years later, in Northern ...

The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict 2009, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801890369

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