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The Moors: The Islamic West 7th-15th Centuries AD (Men-at-Arms)


The Moors: The Islamic West 7th-15th Centuries AD (Men-at-Arms)

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    Dr David Nicolle(Author) Angus McBride(Illustrator)
The high point of medieval Islamic expansion was the 700-year presence of the 'Moors' in Spain and Portugal. The Arab and Berber conquest was followed by the establishment of a richly distinct culture in Andalusia, where for a while Muslim and Christian co-operated as often as they fought. The rise and fall of successive Islamic dynasties brought new invaders, fragmentation and disunity; and the growing Christian kingdoms to the north eventually doomed the amirate of Granada, the last Moorish bastion, which fell to the Castilians in 1492. The colourful armies of Western Islam are described and illustrated here in fascinating detail.

Dr David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He later taught World and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written a number of books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.

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  • By Weisenwolf on 22 March 2012

    The only UK review on this book so far is a completely unfair affair by an obviously disgruntled person of poor judgement. If the reviewer wanted a book on El Cid perhaps he could have purchased one, such as the Osprey title 'El Cid and the Reconquista?This book covers a huge (800 year) period so it ought to come as no surprise to the discerning Reader that it is not very specific. My knowledge of this chunk of the Medieval world could have been squeezed onto the back of a postage stamp: should you be in a similar boat then this could be for you.David Nicolle provides a potted history of the spread of Islam across the chiefly Berber North Africa and the rise and fall of the various dynasties and Caliphates including the establishment of Moorish Spain. He does a Great job of painting this broad backdrop and an excellent job of pointing out both the similarities between Moorish armies and the more familiar Saracen Middle East as well as highlighting the differences and in this task Angus McBrides excellent illustrations help it along quite nicely. Similarly it details the evolution of the Spanish forces too as they developed from their Muslim roots towards a more European army. I found this book entertaining and it does what it says on the cover i.e. tells you about `The Moors and the Islamic West' over an 800 year period. For a 48 page soft back book it is obviously overpriced (20p a page!) and it shamefully plugs Osprey products in the text but these points are true of all Osprey titles.

  • By Guest on 14 July 2003

    If you are like me and are thinking of buying this book because you are interested in the el cid period in spanish history then dont bother.There isnt one single colour plate that was any use to me(i paint and collect wargames miniatures).For some reason there was not any mention of the word almoravids, the author prefering to use the other lesser known name of murabitan instead. Alright i suppose but when you are new to the period like i am ,it was a bit confusing. Also what was one of the most famous units of the almoravid/almohad armies? yes the black guard....any mention or ordered the el cid and armies of islam men at arms titles... i hope they are better.

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