The Alhambra: A Series Of Tales And Sketches Of The Moors And Spaniards

Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)

This is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving. Irving lived at the Alhambra Palace while writing some of the material for his book. 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." 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. Throughout his trip, he filled his notebooks and journals with descriptions and observations though he did not believe his writing would ever do it justice. He wrote, "How unworthy is my scribbling of the place." A commemorative plaque in Spanish at the Alhambra reads, "Washington Irving wrote his Tales of Alhambra in these rooms in 1829". The book was instrumental in reintroducing the Alhambra to Western audiences. (Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Art, Design & Architecture, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication David Wales
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Play 01 The Journey David Wales
00:43:00
Play 02 Government of the Alhambra David Wales
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Play 03 Interior of the Alhambra David Wales
00:19:11
Play 04 The Tower of Comares David Wales
00:11:30
Play 05 Reflections on the Moslem Domination in Spain David Wales
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Play 06 The Household David Wales
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Play 07 The Truant David Wales
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Play 08 The Author's Chamber David Wales
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Play 09 The Alhambra by Moonlight David Wales
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Play 10 Inhabitants of the Alhambra David Wales
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Play 11 The Balcony David Wales
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Play 12 The Adventure of the Mason David Wales
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Play 13 A Ramble Among the Hills David Wales
00:19:04
Play 14 The Court of Lions David Wales
00:14:22
Play 15 Boabdil El Chico David Wales
00:08:57
Play 16 Mementoes of Boabdil David Wales
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Play 17 The Tower of Las Infantas David Wales
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Play 18 The House of the Weathercock David Wales
00:02:23
Play 19 Legend of the Arabian Astrologer David Wales
00:46:03
Play 20 Legend of the Three Beautiful Princesses David Wales
00:59:09
Play 21 Local Traditions David Wales
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Play 22 Legend of the Moor's Legacy David Wales
00:52:29
Play 23 Visitors of the Alhambra David Wales
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Play 24 Legend of Prince Ahmed Al Kamel; or, The Pilgrim of Love Part 1 David Wales
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Play 25 Legend of Prince Almed Al Kamel; Or, The Pilgrim Of Love Part 2 David Wales
00:41:06
Play 26 Legend Of The Rose Of Alhambra; Or, The Page And The Ger-Falcon David Wales
00:39:45
Play 27 The Veteran David Wales
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Play 28 The Governor And The Notary David Wales
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Play 29 Governor Manco And The Soldier David Wales
00:42:26
Play 30 Legend Of The Two Discreet Statues David Wales
00:44:57
Play 31 Mahamad Aben Alahmar, The Founder Of The Alhambra David Wales
00:17:39
Play 32 Jusef Abul Gahias, The Finisher Of The Alhambra David Wales
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