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Moorish Spain (book review) Richard Fletcher

041016: thanks to kalliope i have read this: this is exactly the sort of history of the Iberian peninsula i wanted. not simply kings and battles, this covers more the extent, nature, history of an entire cultural integration and conflict. not simply a paean to lost glories, nor nostalgic memory of what might not have been there. i do not know much ancient history of Europe let alone Spain, but for certain fiction works and this works as a nonfiction novel. doubtless an abrieviated portrayal of the centuries of rise and fall of moorish Spain- this seems an excellent introductory work. quick, concise, compelling, capacious. this covers centuries, covers battles, covers what must be inferred from incomplete sources, from sources such as birth names as much as jostling politics... rec this book highly...

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