The Moors

The Moors : The Islamic West 7th-15th Centuries AD

By (author) David Nicolle , Illustrated by Angus McBride


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The high point of medieval islamic expansion was the 700-year presence of the 'Moors' in Spain and Portugal. The Arab and Berber conquest was followed by the establishment of a richly distinct culture in Andalusia, where for a while Muslim and Christian co-operated as often as they fought. The rise and fall of successive Islamic dynasties brought new invaders, fragmentation and disunity; and the growing Christian kingdoms to the north eventually doomed the amirate of Granada, the last Moorish bastion, which fell to the Castilians in 1492. The extraordinarily varied and colourful armies of Westem Islam are described and illustrated here in fascinating detail.

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 178 x 242 x 4mm | 181.44g
  • 25 Jan 2001
  • Osprey Publishing
  • Osprey
  • English
  • 30 colour and 41 b&w illustrations
  • 1855329646
  • 9781855329645
  • 181,641

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Dr David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He later taught World and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written a number of books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. Angus McBride, one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles over the past 25 years. Bom in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he recoived a musical education at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School in 1940-45. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and is a self-taught artist. He currently lives and works in Cape Town. South Africa.

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