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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

That the centre of their most cosing so completely their own. was purely mopolitan existence should have produced only what Mauresque is in itself an interesting proof of Moorish personality, from the time

that

Granada had been founded

as a

kingdom, the

The great old meaning. Mohamedan family who had sought refuge there after the fall of the old Khalifate of Cordova was composed not only of the spirit

of tribe no longer existed in

its

descendants of the early emigrants from Syria, Arabia or Egypt, rude Berber elements of the Almoravide and Almohade

the

dynasties, but the mass of half-converted Spanish and foreign races who for centuries had been uniting under Islam. singlehanded race can draw more easily from the culture of others than

A

body of heterogeneous breeds and tastes, yet in the midst of this strange medley of humanity a last and beautiful ray of Moorish civilisation was seen. If it reflected through its very purity lights from far-off lands, they were not more than the troubadour poetry of that time breathed of foreign romance through the songs that had passed with the troubadour from strange country to country, a

uniting

in

character.

sentiments of a romantic age a single This was the charm of Granada, that into its last the varied

rays from other worlds were distilled ; and whoever turns over the pages of Moorish story will find more of

splendour so

many

scope, if less of achievement, in the its fall

and

than

Seville.

two centuries

that preceded younger, centres of Cordova be traced the climax of Moorish

in the sturdier, because

In Granada

may

art, while the decadent Mauresque, which struggled up in the midst of cruel restriction and the total destruction of Moorish

home

— that

starting-point in all their art to the destroying influence of Spanish life

natural decadence of the

Moors

— pointed

more

tyranny than to any themselves. They had ceased

bear their very name, and were but Mudejares, garbed in cloaks of greenish yellow, while their women wore a half-moon to

in

blue on the right

shoulder.

If,

following on the

fall

of

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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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