Fernandez Morera provides an array of historical facts and insightful arguments that demonstrate how the influence went in the other direction: it was the Romanized Visigothic kingdom
, defeated and obliterated by Islamic invaders, which furnished the inspiration and the elements of the cultural achievements of the latter--including both the materials and the key architectural features of the fiimous mosque in Cordoba.
An ancient tradition, however, holds that it had been carved by two angels and given to King Alfonso as a sign of the importance of his mission to recover the territory lost from the Arabs and reestablish the Visigothic kingdom
From her statistical analysis of this material, attractively presented in a variety of tables, Carr does show that the Guadalquivir valley became economically much poorer and more introverted in the fifth century than it had been previously and that the Visigothic kingdom
brought a degree of recuperation.