Seville, Cordoba, and Granada: A Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, Oct 13, 2005 - History - 252 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword by Ian Gibson v
1
Golden Tower Great River I A City Divided
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Chapter
29
Chapter
39
Chapter Three
68
Chapter Four
78
Chapter Five
97
Chapter
113
The Sevillian Coverup
140
A Day at the Feria
148
Chapter Nine
169
Chapter
190
Chapter Eleven
212
Manuel de Falla
228
Burning of
234
Index
245

Chapter Seven
130

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