The Story Of Boabdil, The Last Moor
Part 1: Kingdom in Crisis
“You do well my son, to cry like a women for what you couldn’t defend like a man” – Aixa, Boabdil’s Mother
Boabdil was heir to a dying kingdom.
In the 15th century, Granada was the last Muslim state in Spain. For 250 years it survived, living in the shadow of the Christian kingdoms.
But that all changed after the marriage between Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragorn united the two most powerful kingdoms in the lands.
The Newlywed’s looked hungrily at Boabdil’s impoverished state and dreamed of their place in the history books as the King and Queen who reconquered Spain in the name of the Cross…
Pictures and Sources:
- Ferdinand and Isabella, Profiles In Power by John Edwards
- Isabella The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey
- Primary Sources describe The Battle of Navas De Tolosa
- Relación de Hernando de Baeza sobre el Reino de Granada
- The Moors Last Stand by Elizabeth Drayson
- Moorish Spain by Richard Fletcher
- The Spanish kingdoms, 1250-1516 by JN Hillgarth
- The Alhambra by Robert Irwin
- The Nasrid Kingdoms of Granada between East and West by Adela Fabregas and Consuelo Lopez-Morillaz
- A big thanks to my generous Patrons!
- If you notice improved audio, that’s the new microphone!
- Malcolm G
- Tom G
- Claudia K – Big thanks for The Alhambra quote reading.
- Thanks Jack, for the Arabic translation of Boabdil’s speech.