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down beneath

their feet, gave back to the light of Tlemcen a of Granada's last milestone. reminder melancholy In the great plain of Granada the Moors, whose love of single

combat had sprung naturally from the customs of the land of Cid, broke lance against glittering lance and fought their aristocratic duels on

Single combat among superbly caparisoned steeds. the Arabs of Arabia, or the Moors and Berbers of Africa, had

been

unknown, as it is among those races to-day but the Moors showed themselves masters of it, and the fashion in all

;

mediasval Spain kept up the standard of chivalry, as the vendetta of other lands still keeps it down. The aristocracy of the sword was as sacred as that of the descendants of the early Cherifs,

and mounted duelling had another characteristic other than the noblesse of valour. like its

increased pride in the steed, which, can no rider, could feel the prick of the combat. It

We

more separate the Moor of history from his horse than we can the Arab of to-day from his. Inseparable in battle, created for man by God from the wind as Adam had been from a handful of clay, the Arab horse had carried the banner of Islam along African shores, as surely as the eagle had spread the pinions of Rome. With far-seeing insight, the Prophet has preached in its favour, and inculcated

its

respect.

" Horses

for the

combat,

Cattle for poverty, Camels for the desert,"

says the

Arab now

The world Alhambra

he did yesterday. to-day is satiated with

"

as

descriptions

of

the

shadows most beautiful works of art of our time, ignorance and indifference shadowed them still more in the near past. The very fact that no profound chords are struck ;

but

if satiety

and echoed through

this

enchanted alcazar, makes

ever the possession of whoever can enjoy, and

who

it

more than

still

cares to

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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