The Alhambra

The Alhambra is the only Muslim palace to have survived since the Middle Ages and has long been a byword for exotic and melancholy beauty. In his absorbing new book, Irwin, Arabist and novelist, examines its history and allure.

The Alhambra

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674063600

Page: 213

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The Alhambra is the only Muslim palace to have survived since the Middle Ages and has long been a byword for exotic and melancholy beauty. In his absorbing new book, Irwin, Arabist and novelist, examines its history and allure.

The Alhambra

IN the spring of 1829, the author of this work, whom curiosity had brought into Spain, made a rambling expedition from Seville to Granada in company with a friend, a member of the Russian Embassy at Madrid.

The Alhambra

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465514988

Page: 513

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IN the spring of 1829, the author of this work, whom curiosity had brought into Spain, made a rambling expedition from Seville to Granada in company with a friend, a member of the Russian Embassy at Madrid. Accident had thrown us together from distant regions of the globe and a similarity of taste led us to wander together among the romantic mountains of Andalusia. Should these pages meet his eye, wherever thrown by the duties of his station, whether mingling in the pageantry of courts, or meditating on the truer glories of nature, may they recall the scenes of our adventurous companionship, and with them the recollection of one, in whom neither time nor distance will obliterate the remembrance of his gentleness and worth. And here, before setting forth, let me indulge in a few previous remarks on Spanish scenery and Spanish travelling. Many are apt to picture Spain to their imaginations as a soft southern region, decked out with the luxuriant charms of voluptuous Italy. On the contrary, though there are exceptions in some of the maritime provinces, yet, for the greater part, it is a stern, melancholy country, with rugged mountains, and long sweeping plains, destitute of trees, and indescribably silent and lonesome, partaking of the savage and solitary character of Africa. What adds to this silence and loneliness, is the absence of singing-birds, a natural consequence of the want of groves and hedges. The vulture and the eagle are seen wheeling about the mountain-cliffs, and soaring over the plains, and groups of shy bustards stalk about the heaths; but the myriads of smaller birds, which animate the whole face of other countries, are met with in but few provinces in Spain, and in those chiefly among the orchards and gardens which surround the habitations of man. In the interior provinces the traveller occasionally traverses great tracts cultivated with grain as far as the eye can reach, waving at times with verdure, at other times naked and sunburnt, but he looks round in vain for the hand that has tilled the soil. At length he perceives some village on a steep hill, or rugged crag, with mouldering battlements and ruined watchtower: a stronghold, in old times, against civil war, or Moorish inroad; for the custom among the peasantry of congregating together for mutual protection is still kept up in most parts of Spain, in consequence of the maraudings of roving freebooters.

The Alhambra

PAGE FRONT . COURT OF THE ALHAMBRA . TITLE THE ALHAMBRA .. 10
MOORISH GATEWAY . 12 MULETEER ....... 18 GRANADA .. 42 VIEW OF THE
ALHAMBRA .. 54 GATEWAY OF THE ALHAMBRA . 60 HALL OF THE TWO
SISTERS .

The Alhambra

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher:

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Tales of the Alhambra

the lofty hill of the Alhambra, resides in the centre of Granada, for the more
convenient despatch of his official duties. I cannot conclude this brief notice of the
state of the fortress without bearing testimony to the honourable exertions of its ...

Tales of the Alhambra

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 379

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The Alhambra Bracebridge hall

Ninguno mas ; pues señor , soy hijo de la Alhambra . " — ( Nobody better ; in fact
, sir , I am a son of the Alhambra ! ) The common Spaniards have certainly a most
poetical way of expressing themselves . “ A son of the Alhambra !

The Alhambra  Bracebridge hall

Author: Washington Irving

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The Alhambra and the Kremlin

The South and the North of Europe Samuel Irenæus Prime. windows of a
tumbling old castle , it is my preference to take up my abode for the present with
the good people in the Alhambra Hotel , and not with the keepers of the palace
itself .

The Alhambra and the Kremlin

Author: Samuel Irenæus Prime

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 482

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In the Shadow of the Alhambra

It was the Alhambra – the creation of beneficent Jann - the messengers of Allah .
It was the Alhambra which the illustrious heroes of the almost forgotten ages had
bequeathed to their descendants , the inheritors of their glory and fame .

In the Shadow of the Alhambra

Author: W. M. Greenlee

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 537

View: 517

Tales of the Alhambra Illustrated edition

way of expressing themselves. “A son of the Alhambra!” the appellation caught
me at once; the very tattered garb of my new acquaintance assumed a dignity in
my eyes. It was emblematic of the fortunes of the place, and befitted the progeny
of ...

Tales of the Alhambra  Illustrated edition

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

ISBN:

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For a while, the famous writer Irving Washington was an employee of the American diplomatic mission in Spain. He spent three months in the famous Alhambra Palace. This acquaintance with the historical relic inspired him to write this book. In addition to historical descriptions and essays the book contains many magnificent legends that have become loved by millions of readers. By the way, Irving's work is still called the Alhambra guidebook.

Tales of the Alhambra

" A must-read for modern-day visitors to the Alhambra, this edition presents a fascinating selection of Irving's observations and stories.

Tales of the Alhambra

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486834379

Page: 176

View: 355

Upon his 1829 arrival in Granada, Spain, American author Washington Irving was immediately charmed by the city's beauty and picturesque qualities. While researching a book on the conquest of Granada, he gained access to the Alhambra Palace, which had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. Irving became a guest at the ancient fortress, where he found himself in the company of several colorful inhabitants. During his sojourn, the writer became increasingly enamored of the grand palace and its wealth of history and folklore. The result is this captivating collection of essays, sketches, and tales. As Irving notes in his Preface, "It was my endeavor scrupulously to depict its half Spanish, half Oriental character; its mixture of the heroic, the poetic, and the grotesque; to revive the traces of grace and beauty fast fading from its walls; to record the regal and chivalrous traditions concerning those who once trod its courts; and the whimsical and superstitious legends of the motley race now burrowing among its ruins." A must-read for modern-day visitors to the Alhambra, this edition presents a fascinating selection of Irving's observations and stories.

Impressions of Granada and the Alhambra

The celebrated collection of hand-coloured engravings of Granada and the Alhambra, published originally in 1837, is reproduced here with an English translation of De Prangey's introduction and annotations.

Impressions of Granada and the Alhambra

Author: Girault de Prangey

Publisher: Garnet Pub Limited

ISBN:

Page: 19

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The celebrated collection of hand-coloured engravings of Granada and the Alhambra, published originally in 1837, is reproduced here with an English translation of De Prangey's introduction and annotations.

A Sea of Stories The Alhambra

This book is available in the following languages: English and Spanish.

A Sea of Stories  The Alhambra

Author: José Miguel Puerta Vílchez

Publisher: Editorial Mediterrània, SL

ISBN: 8499794793

Page: 16

View: 797

This new title of A Sea of Stories series explains in an entertaining as well as thorough way the history of The Alhambra, the monument built in Granada in 1238 by muslims' last dynasty in Spain. This book is available in the following languages: English and Spanish. The series called A Sea of Stories is an entertaining as well as thorough way of learning about the great names of monuments, artists and universal writers, such as: Altamira, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Dalí, Miró, Picasso, Fernando Botero, Diego Rivera...