The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Ornament of the World Dispelling the myths that the Middle Ages were rife with religious persecution and intellectual stagnation, this glimpse into the world of medieval Spain reveals a culture where literature, science and tolerance thrived for 500 years.
- Published: 05 April 2003
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316168717 ISBN 10: 0316168718
- Sales rank: 48,456
Full description for The Ornament of the World
A rich and thriving culture where literature, science and religious tolerance flourished for 700 years is the subject of this enthralling history of medieval Spain. Living side by side in the Andalusian kingdoms, the 'peoples of the book' produced statesmen, poets and philosophers who influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, giving it the first translations of Plato and Aristotle, love songs and secular poetry plus remarkable feats of architecture and technology. This evocative account explores the lost history whose legacy and lessons have a powerful resonance in today's world.