Imperial Spain, 1469 - 1716

Imperial Spain, 1469 - 1716The story of Spain s rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the poorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one With the marriage of Ferdinand Isabella, the final expulsion of the Moslems and the discovery of America, Spain took on a seemingly

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Homage to Catalonia

Homage to CataloniaIn 1936 George Orwell travelled to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists This famous account describes the war and Orwells own experiences Introduction by Lionel Trilling.

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The Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil WarSince its first publication, Hugh Thomas s The Spanish Civil War has become established as the definitive one volume history of a conflict that continues to provoke intense controversy today What was it that roused left wing sympathizers from all over the world to fight against Franco between 1936

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Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763

Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763From the late fifteenth to the mid eighteenth century, Spain was the most extensive empire the world had seen, stretching from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines This provocative work of history attributes Spain s rise to power to the collaboration of international business interests,

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Isabella: The Warrior QueenAn engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus s journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history Born at a time when Christianity was

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The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of CastileNo one believed I was destined for greatness So begins Isabellas story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of historys most famous and controversial queensthe warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the

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Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II

Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip IIA vast archive of documents, unread since the sixteenth century, revises the portrait of Spains best known king Philip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada

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The Last Queen

The Last QueenJuana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time In his stunning new

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Franco: A Biography

Franco: A BiographyGeneralissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain, was the most tenacious and most successful of twentieth century Europe s great dictators He is remembered widely as the astute general under whose leadership the Nationalist cause was victorious in the Spanish Civil War and the Communist threat

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell TollsLibrarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found here In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from the good fight , For Whom the Bell Tolls The story of

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