I fought on both sides; I would not have had the Spaniards beaten, and yet when the Moors lost I was vanquished with them; and when the poor young King Boabdil
(I was his devoted partisan and at the same time a follower of his fiery old uncle and rival, Hamet el Zegri) heaved the Last Sigh of the Moor, as his eyes left the roofs of Granada forever, it was as much my grief as if it had burst from my own breast.
And if it be the will of God that thou shalt be deprived of thy daughter, do not thou tarry, old man, in this land of bloodshed and cruelty; but betake thyself to Cordova, where thy brother liveth in safety, under the shadow of the throne, even of the throne of Boabdil
the Saracen; for less cruel are the cruelties of the Moors unto the race of Jacob, than the cruelties of the Nazarenes of England.
It is a beauty to behold, having been created for Boabdil
, the last emir of the kingdom of Granada, in the 15th to 16th centuries.
Less known is the story of the man who handed over the city, Boabdil
(also known as Abu Abdallah Muhammad XI), and Elizabeth Drayson looks at the sultan's life in her well-crafted work The Moor's Last Stand.
Her latest book The Moors Last Stand: how seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end, which charts the life and times of Boabdil
, last Muslim king of Granada, was published in April 2017 by Profile Books.
Muslim Spain, ascendant for some seven centuries, finally got wiped out when Boabdil
handed over the keys of Granada to Ferdinand and Isabella in January 1492, a tragic event in the annals of Islam, culminating in Christian Spain's marathon Reconquista drive.
Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil
was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon.
Cada habitacion es unica, pero destaca la suite Rey Boabdil
, una joya de casi 200 metros con jacuzzi y chimenea.
El 2 de enero de 1492, despues de un prolongado asedio, la Granada de Boabdil
, el ultimo rey musulman en territorio hispanico, se rendia a las tropas de los Reyes Catolicos, Isabel de Castilla y Fernando de Aragon, cuyo matrimonio, germen de la unidad nacional espanola, habia proporcionado, ademas, la conjuncion de recursos necesaria para terminar con este ultimo bastion del islam en Espana.
History shows that Boabdil
, a young Caliph at the time, surrendered the last Moorish outpost without a fight, causing his mother, Aisha, to rebuke him bitterly, saying: "Weep like a woman for what you could not defend like a man".
Lloramos como mujeres lo que no sabemos defender como hombres, fue el grito de la sultana Aixa a su hijo Boabdil
cuando perdio Grana da.
Nonetheless, the treatise's very specific details about extravagant court dress (especially among women) would have been irrelevant to most of Granada's Muslim population after 1492: almost all of the kingdom's Muslim nobles had fled the peninsula in late 1493 with Boabdil
(Coleman 38-39; Elliott 50; Garrido Aranda 105); few of its remaining inhabitants (most from rural areas) would have had any experience with the courtly fashions that Talavera censures.