Category Archives: Spain

Spanish warriors, jongleurs, minstrels in the 11th century.

Spanish warriors,armour, 11th century,middle ages,medieval,illustration,Henry Shaw,Anglo-Norman soldiers

Spanish warriors in armour, 11th century.

Spanish warriors from a MS. of the end of the eleventh century

ornamented initial letters, E,Drop-cap, Medieval manuscript, 10th century, Anglo-Saxon, Norman

Ornamented initial letter E

EVERY step which we trace back in the history of the nations of Europe brings us nearer to a uniformity of costume. Fashions in dress did not begin to go through that quick vicissitude of change which characterizes modern times, till towards the thirteenth century. We can trace little variation in the dress of the Anglo-Saxons during the whole period of their history, and not much between that of the Anglo-Saxons and the Franks.

As people became more distinctly separated from each other by national jealousies, and long and obstinate wars, the new fashions adopted in one country were more slowly communicated to another, and thus the similarity of costume becomes separated by distance of date; while some countries became so entirely estranged from each other during a long period, that the resemblance of costume and the simultaneous variation was altogether lost.

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Conquest of Grenada. Boabdil el Chico’s Farewell.

Conquest of Grenada. Washington Irving. Moorish Boabdil. Emir of Granada.

Boabdil el Chico’s Farewell to Grenada

Conquest of Grenada. Boabdil el Chico’s Farewell by Washington Irving.

“Boabdil set forward with his family for his allotted residence in the valley of Furchena. They ascended all eminence commanding the last view of Grenada. As they arrived at this spot, the Moors paused involuntarily to take a farewell glance at their beloved city. * * * Continue reading

Francisco Pizarro, the conquerer of Peru.

Francisco Pizarro. Spanish conquistador. Inka Peru

Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador

Pizarro before Charles V.

Francisco Pizarro, the conquerer of Peru, was born in Spain about 1475. In 1522 he became a captain, and organized an expedition to explore and conquer the country south of Darien. His first effort was a failure, but his success was greater in 1526. Still, he was not satisfied, and it was only after visiting Spain to state his case and to display his trophies to the king, that he optioned means to collect a large force. He conquered Peru, obtained the Inca`s treasure as a ransom and then murdered him. In 1541 Pizarro was assassinated by some of his followers.

From: Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama by Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, 1892. A revised American edition of the readers handbook. Edited by Marion Harland.

Catalan costumes 14th century.

Medieval Costume History. Spain Catalan costumes.

Catalan suits mid-fourteenth century.

Catalan costumes 14th century.

Spain. Catalan costumes mid-fourteenth century. (From a prayer book at Gerona.) España. Trajes catalanes de mediados del siglo XIV. ( De un devocionario procedente de Gerona.)

Source: Galería del Arte Decorativo: Enciclopedia Universal de Trajes, Armas, Muebles, Arquitectura, Útiles Domésticos y Ornamentación de Todos los Tiempos. Editor: J. Aleu Fugarull, Barcelona 1824.