Seville, Cordoba, and Granada : A Cultural History: A Cultural History (Google eBook)
Spain's southern city of Seville basks in romantic myths and legends, evoking the scent of jasmine and orange blossom. But there is an ascetic core to its sybaritic spirit. For all their fame as passionate performers, the poet Unamuno called Sevillanos "finos y frios"-refined and cool. Once Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis, bridging cultures of East and West and hub of a sea-borne empire, Seville was defined by Spain's great seventeenth-century playwright Lope de Vega as "port and gateway to the Indies". The city retains both the swagger of its seafaring heyday, and the sensual flavor of Moorish al-Andalus. Seville produced Spain's lowest ruffians, grandest grandees and a seductive gypsy culture that colors our wider perception of Spain. Elizabeth Nash explores the palaces, the mosques, the patios, fountains and wrought-iron balconies of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, cities celebrated for centuries by Europe's finest painters, poets, satirists and travel writers for their voluptuous beauty and vibrant cultural mix.
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Seville, CÂ©Ä‘rdoba, and Granada: a cultural historyUser Review - Book Verdict
These volumes represent the newest additions to the publisher's "Cityscapes" series (Cairo ), which offers background on the historical, cultural, artistic, and literary roots of the titular cities. Nash, a correspondent for the Independent (UK) and author of Madrid: A Cultural and Literary Companion , tells the story of Seville, the Andalusian capital and once Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis; Crdoba, with its 600 public bathhouses and the tenth-century mosque, Mezquita; and Granada, location of the world-renowned Alhambra. She recounts the history of the region's many magnificent mosques, cathedrals, palaces, patios, and other architectural and cultural wonders through the lives of its citizens, from eminent dwellers such as Cervantes and Federico Garcia Lorca to legendary characters like Carmen and Don Juan. Kilfeather, who teaches Irish writing at the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast, explores Ireland's capital city on the east coast of the Irish Sea, once synonymous with poverty and desperation, now thriving. She recounts the city's history of violence, resistance, and rebirth and conjures up such literary figures as James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Patrick Kavanagh. She also rejoices in Dublin's contributions from women, including novelist Edna O'Brien, Anne Devlin, an instrumental figure in the 1803 Emmet's rebellion, and Jane Wilde, Oscar's mother and a poet in her own right. Both volumes have delightful illustrations, clear tables of contents, bibliographies, and separate indexes for literary and historical names, places, and landmarks. Packed with provocative historical and cultural information for both travelers and students of the areas, these guides are highly recommended. - Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO
Review: Seville, Cordoba, and Granada: A Cultural HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
A very entertaining read on the history and culture of Sevilla - highly recommend for anyone visiting there.
Golden Tower Great River
Holy Week Holy Office Christ Virgins and the Inquisition
Conquest and Slavery Las Casas and Cervantes
La Cartuja From Columbus to Calatrava
Port and Gateway to America
The Hospital of Charity and the Legend of Don Juan
Carmen Femme Fatale
La Maestranza and La Feria Bulls Shawls and Flounces