History Of The Reign Of Ferdinand And Isabella, The Catholic, Of Spain Volume 1

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Hickling Prescott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...of pure Moorish descent.--Anales, tom. iv. ioL 314. After the further progress of the Arabs in Europe had been checked by the memorable defeat at Tours, their energies, no longer allowed to expand in the career of conquest, recoiled on themselves, and speedily produced the dismemberment of their overgrown empire. Spain was the first of the provinces which fell off. The family of Omeya, under whom this revolution was effected, continued to occupy her throne as independent princes from the middle of the eignth to the close of the eleventh century, a period which forms the most honourable portion of her Arabian annals. The new government was modelled on the eastern caliphate. Freedom shows itself under a variety of forms; while despotism, at least in the institutions founded on the Koran, seems to wear but one. The sovereign was the depository of all power, the fountain of honour, the sole arbiter of life and fortune. He styled himself " Commander of the Faithful," and like the caliphs of the East, assumed an entire spiritual as well as temporal supremacy. The country was distributed into six capitanias, or provinces, each under the administration of a wali, or 'governor, with subordinate officers, to whom was intrusted a more immediate jurisdiction over the cities. The immense authority and pretensions of these petty satraps became a fruitful source of rebellion in later times. The caliph administered the government with the_ advice of his mexuar, or council of state, composed of his principal cadis and hagibs, or secretaries. The office of prime minister, or chief hagib, corresponded, in the nature and variety of its functions, with that of a Turkish grand vizier. The caliph reserved to himself the right of selecting his successor from...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...of pure Moorish descent.--Anales, tom. iv. ioL 314. After the further progress of the Arabs in Europe had been ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.46 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217487327

ISBN - 13:9780217487320

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