The Moors in Spain and Portugal

[Reading] ➵ The Moors in Spain and Portugal ➼ Jan Read – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 268 pages
  • The Moors in Spain and Portugal
  • Jan Read
  • English
  • 28 January 2018
  • 9780874716443

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14 thoughts on “The Moors in Spain and Portugal

  1. Bob Newman says:

    The reigns in SpainI have a secret admiration for people talented in many different areas Such people may have studied one subject, but later branched out into entirely dissimilar fields Jan Read was certainly one person like this He started out as a physics lecturer in England, then worked in explosives and camouflage during WW II, had a significant career in film and television production, and became an expert on the wines of Spain and Portugal, not to mention writing several travel books And he wrote this history book too OK, that s admirable, and I m not being sarcastic However, I think that sometimes people undertake projects that could be better done by specialists I fear that The Moors is a case in point While it covers the ground, and there are some excellent overall viewpoints provided at the end, I felt that the lack of expertise certainly shows The text contains a huge amount of blow by blow comings and goings, attacks and defenses, bits about the personal lives of many characters, but nothing very deep Whenever he made personal observations and mused on the meaning of events, my interest rose, when he went back to flashing through 800 years of history, I lost concentration because that is just a kind of laying out of facts, facts whose general outline I already knew and whose details only scholars need If you...

  2. Valerie says:

    I found this a very disappointing book From the title, I thought it would be about the Moors in Spain and Portugal You know who they were, where they came from, how they livedtheir schools, mosques, libraries, music stuff like that Silly me Actually it s almost solely about wars and raids The premise seems to be that Moors didn t have much in the way of individual personalities so why worry about their crafts, architecture, etc Instead include scads of material that would be much better displayed as maps.Frankly, I got a better view of relations between Northern African Islamic culture from another book on Sicily But even THAT didn t tell me about what I wanted to know How did the Moors and Saracens come to have a much better store of classical scientific and artistic texts than Christendom How did they travel Where did they study How did they develop the ...