Wanderings in Spain in 1843 Volume 1

 
9781236556325: Wanderings in Spain in 1843 Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ... There is a book kept by the porter of the Alhambra, for travellers to inscribe their names in. It was With my mind still influenced by the impressions, which a walk through the fairy halls of the Alhambra could not fail to inspire, I found a pleasure in returning to the Torre de la Vela, to enjoy a viewof the famous Vega, from its summit, and mentally repeople that plain with the steel-clad warriors of the Cross, and the turbanned hosts of Mahomet, who warred for many a day upon its bosom, when scarce a lance was shivered, or knight unhorsed, but was forthwith chronicled by some bard or romancero. presented for that purpose by the enlightened Prince Dalgorouki, to preserve the walls from being deformed by the scribbling of the curious. The first name in the book is that of the Prince himself, the second that of Washington Irving. The traveller, if he understand a few dozen words of Spanish, will do well to visit the Alhambra unaccompanied by the loquacious French guide whom he may find in the town, and trust to the information which he will receive in a few words, from the grave and silent Spanish keeper, whose business it is to show the palace to strangers. Although the Christians and Moors, alternately made incursions on each other's territories, burning The village--styled the city--of Santa Fe is seen in the centre of the plain, curious as a monument of that war. It was the stoneand-mortar camp of Isabel the Catholic, having been erected by the Castilian army to replace their camp, which had been destroyed by fire; and was a terrible evidence to the Moor of the resolution which that Christian heroine had formed, never to leave the ground till Granada was conquered. How grieved was the heart of old Aben Hassan as from that very tower where I...

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