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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS But with the Moors

than religious. delight in ornament other

Did not one Sultan lose a passion. personal adornment was " Abou-Said, le his life through the precious stones he wore ? in the crimson robes of his dynasty, (so runs Vermeil," garbed

the story,) was the guest of the King of Aragon, Peter the Cruel, whose envy was aroused by the sight of the Moor's priceless jewels.

As

the simplest

gems, he murdered

way of possessing himself of the coveted

his guest in the fields

of Tablada, and one of

king was given by a Spanish be seen to-day in the sovereign to an English prince, and may crown of the Queen of England in the Tower of London.' When in 1492- 1502 the Andalusian Moors took refuge on took with them such riches as had never the African coast, the rubies

worn by

this ill-fated

they been seen in the country. yet

The garments of

the

women,

their jewellery and golden embroideries, says Paysonnel, surpassed in quantity all the woollen stuffs in the tents of the richest

most of those rare jewels have long disappeared but if the story was known of all the worn ornaments by Isabel and the Catholic soverextravagant eigns, or of the mass of pearls and fantastic wealth which, Arabs.

Whether

this is true or not, ;

according to Madame d'Aulnoy, covered the half-starved ladies of the Court of the seventeenth century, we should find that most of them were Moorish spoils rather than Spanish in origin. In the heart of Morocco, where so much of the art and taste of Granada penetrated into the imitated palaces of Boabdil's mourned kingdom, perhaps many of those historic possessions long lay hidden.

Who

knows how much of

fortunate exiles

may not

North

since

Africa,

the

still

lie

the riches of those un-

buried in

the desert soil of

Arabs from time immemorial have

chosen the mother sand about their tent-poles as depository for their secret treasures. With them, buried wealth is often left untouched from father to son, each satisfied, Arab-like, in know'

Paul Eudel, L'Orfevrerie Alger'unnc

et

Tunmennc.

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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...

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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