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The Conquest of Andalusia (Novels of Islamic History in Translation Series) Jurji Zaidan

The Conquest of Andalusia (Novels of Islamic History in Translation Series)

Jurji Zaidan

Published October 25th 2011
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346 pages
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It is Christmas Day in the year 710 AD in Toledo, capital of Visigoth Spain. King Wittiza has been dethroned, and the impulsive and tyrannical Roderic has been installed as monarch of Spain with the help of the Catholic clergy. Even so, Bishop Oppas,MoreIt is Christmas Day in the year 710 AD in Toledo, capital of Visigoth Spain. King Wittiza has been dethroned, and the impulsive and tyrannical Roderic has been installed as monarch of Spain with the help of the Catholic clergy. Even so, Bishop Oppas, the deposed king’s brother, is to remain as the senior ecclesiastical figure in Spain during King Roderic’s reign.The beautiful Florinda is the daughter of Count Julian, the governor of Sabta, a Christian enclave in Muslim North Africa. She is madly in love and engaged to the charismatic and courageous Alfonso, son of the deposed king. But she has been moved into King Roderics palace where she is the target of the new king’s lustful desires, even though he is married. And Alfonso has been kept as a retainer in the palace so that his comings and goings can be monitored.Will Florinda manage to thwart the lascivious advances of the depraved king? Will Alfonso be able to foil the kings designs? And how will Florindas father, Count Julian, react when he learns of Roderics evil plans towards his daughter? What role will Bishop Oppas play -- torn as he is between loyalty to Visigoth Spain and faithfulness to his values and his family?The fast-paced story, full of twists and turns, unfolds as the Muslim armies in North Africa are poised to cross the Straits of Gibraltar and gain their first European foothold in what came to be called the land of al-Andalus. The Conquest of Andalusia is also the story of the battle for Florinda’s virtue and happiness ....