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Nameda Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement,thislavishly illustrated work explores the vibrant interaction among different and sometimes opposing cultures, and how their contacts with one another transformed them all. It chronicles the tumultuous history of Castile in the wake of the Christian capture of the Islamic city of Tulaytula, now Toledo, in the ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Yale University Press (first published October 2008)
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I am currently undergoing research for my Fine Art dissertation which is about the definition of architectural style in Medieval Iberia. I have read near 30 books and articles on the subject and I have to say, this is perhaps the best I have found. It is rare for such a diverse topic to be written so well - most books tend to fall into the category of coffee-table book meets guidebook, but this is insightful and genuinely interesting. I have to admit to skim-reading it as it is largely a history ...more
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Specialist. Lavishly illustrated. Crucial orientation to multi-cultural Iberia.
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BA, Barnard College. MA, PhD, Harvard University. Work has centered on issues of artistic interchange—in particular, among Christians, Jews, and Muslims—and how groups form identities through art and architecture; special interest in the arts of Spain and the history of architecture. Author of Architecture and Ideology in Early Medieval Spain and NY Masjid: The Mosques of New York and co-author of ...more