The story of Spain

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byEdward Everett Hale

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... RODERICK, THE LAST OF THE GOTHS. WHERE a monarchy is elective, we must not expect the same regularity of succession and the same precision of dates as if, at the death of one king, all men had determined that his son should succeed him. It seems probable, indeed, that Witiza and Roderick reigned in different parts of Spain at the same time. It seems probable that Roderick drove Witiza into exile. It is certain that the vices of Witiza and his selfish administration of power enraged his people against him. While Witiza reigned at Toledo, Roderick reigned in the south, in Andalusia. Roderick had been in danger under the cruelty of Witiza, as it is supposed that his father suffered from him. For it is said that the tyrant put out Theodofred's eyes. Roderick was the son of Theodofred. Fearing a like fate or worse, Roderick escaped from Spain, and allied himself with the Greek emperors. They consented to assist him in a struggle against the tyrant. Witiza's fate is uncertain. As we have said, he seems to have been exiled and to have died in exile. What is certain is that Roderick, who had before held control in Andalusia only, assumed the rule of all Spain in the year 709. But he did not assume this rule without opposition. The sons of Witiza still lived and expected to succeed him. The bishop of Toledo, Oppas, either their uncle or their brother, was at the head of the church. A certain Count Julian, who held an almost independent command in Africa, where the Goths possessed the posts of Ceuta, opposite to Gibraltar, Tangier, and Arsilla, belonged to their party of opposition. It was in the face of as formidable rivals as were thus represented that Roderick assumed the crown. Some form of election probably preceded his coronation, but the history, or rather the lege...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... RODERICK, THE LAST OF THE GOTHS. WHERE a monarchy is elective, we must not expect the same regularity of succession and the same prec...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217639216

ISBN - 13:9780217639217

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