History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors: With a Sketch of the Civilization which They Achieved, and Imparted to Europe, Volume 2

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Little, Brown, 1881 - Arabs - 951 pages
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Page 19 - Euphrates, and the Arabian fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet.
Page 19 - A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar to the banks of the Loire ; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland ; the Rhine is not more...
Page 212 - ... king was changed again. And my Cid repeated the oath unto him a third time, and the king and the knights said Amen; but the wrath of the king was exceeding great, and he said to the Cid, ' Ruydiez, why dost thou thus press me, man? To-day thou swearest me, and to-morrow thou wilt kiss my hand.' And from that day forward there was no love towards my Cid in the heart of the king.
Page 299 - If all this be historic truth (and I have entire confidence in Dr. Draper), well may he 'deplore the systematic manner in which the literature of Europe has contrived to put out of sight our scientific obligations to the Mahommedans.
Page 209 - ... Rodrigo returned, and pointing to the head which hung from the horse's collar,, dropping blood, he bade him look up, for there was the herb which should restore to him his appetite : the tongue, quoth he, which insulted you, is no longer a tongue, and the hand which wronged you is no longer a hand. And the old man arose and embraced his son and placed him above him at the table, saying, that he who had brought home that head should be the head of the house of Layn Calvo.
Page 15 - Mohammedanism threatened to overspread Italy and Gaul, and on the other the ancient idolatry of Saxony and Friesland once more forced its way across the Rhine. In this peril of Christian institutions, a youthful prince of Germanic race, Karl Martell, arose as their champion...
Page 302 - ... the haltingplace of the noble, and the repository of the true and virtuous. Cordova was to Andalus what the head is to the body, or what the breast is to the lion.
Page 401 - ... covered himself with feathers for the purpose, attached a couple of wings to his body and, getting on an eminence, flung himself down into the air, where, according to the testimony of several trustworthy writers who witnessed the performance, he flew a considerable distance, as if he had been a bird. But, in alighting again on the place whence he had started, his back was very much hurt for, not knowing that birds when they alight come down upon their tails, he forgot to provide himself with...
Page 331 - ... fine — the eyebrows, the nose, the lips, and the fingers; four thick — the lower part of the back, the thighs, the calves of the legs, and the knees; four small — the ears, the breasts, the hands, and the feet.
Page 302 - Do not talk of the court of Baghdad and its glittering magnificence ; do not praise Persia and China and their manifold advantages ; for there is no spot on earth like Cordova,

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