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Tales of the Alhambra

Tales of the Alhambra is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving. Shortly after completing a biography of Christopher Columbus in 1828, Washington Irving traveled from Madrid, where he had been staying, to Granada, Spain. At first sight, he described it as "a most picturesque and beautiful city, situated in one of the loveliest landscapes that I have ever seen." Irving was preparing a book called A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada, a history of the years 1478-1492, and was continuing his research on the topic. He immediately asked the then-governor of the historic Alhambra Palace as well as the archbishop of Granada for access to the palace, which was granted because of Irving's celebrity status. Aided by a 35-year old guide named Mateo Ximenes, Irving was inspired by his experience to write Tales of the Alhambra. The book combines description, myth and narrations of real historical events, even up through the destruction of some of the palace's towers by the French under Count Sebastiani in 1812, and the further damage caused by an earthquake in 1821. (from wikipedia.org)

The Alhambra: From the Sultan Palace to the Legend


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e-Books
The Alhambra, by Washington Irving
To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the "Public Domain" in Australia. Table of Contents. The Journey. Palace of the Alhambra. Note on Morisco Architecture. ...
Tales of the Alhambra
Tales of the Alhambra is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving. It was originally published in May 1832. Chapters. Preface to the Revised Edition. The Journey. ...
The Alhambra
Author: Washington Irving, 1783-1859. Subject: Alhambra (Granada, Spain). Publisher: Boston, Ginn and company. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
The Alhambra (Vol. I)
Author: Washington Irving, 1783-1859. Subject: Alhambra (Granada, Spain). Publisher: New York : Putnam. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
The Alhambra (Vol. II)
Author: Washington Irving, 1783-1859. Subject: Alhambra (Granada, Spain). Publisher: New York : Putnam. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.

Audio Books
The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards
LibriVox recording of The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards, by Washington Irving. Read by David Wales. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.