The dean of English-language historians of medieval Spain, Joseph O'Callaghan (professor emeritus, Fordham University, New York), has completed his outstanding trilogy focusing on the struggles between Christians and Muslims in medieval Iberia. The first two volumes, Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain and The Gibraltar Crusade, were universally acclaimed studies of the military campaigns in this struggle (the latter book on the little-known campaigns to wrest Gibraltar from the hands of the Muslims). If there were to be any slight criticism, it might be that the first volume focused exclusively on the Castilian Reconquest, with no mention of the other kingdoms. The present volume deals with the ongoing campaigns of Castilian monarchs against the Muslim kingdom of Granada. Perhaps not every reader will be aware that this kingdom did not consist merely of the city of Granada, but was in fact a formidable territory stretching across most of southern...

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