The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards cover

The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

1. 00 The Dedication
2. 01 Chapter 1 The Journey
3. 02 Chapter 02 Government Of The Alhambra
4. 03 Chapter 03 Interior Of The Alhambra
5. 04 Chapter 04 The Tower Of Comares
6. 05 Chapter 05 Reflections On The Moslem Domination In Spain
7. 06 Chapter 06 The Household
8. 07 Chapter 07 The Truant
9. 08 Chapter 08 The Author's Chamber
10. 09 Chapter 09 The Alhambra By Moonlight
11. 10 Chapter 10 Inhabitants Of The Alhambra
12. 11 Chapter 11 The Balcony
13. 12 Chapter 12 The Adventure Of The Mason
14. 13 Chapter 13 A Ramble Among The Hills
15. 14 Chapter 14 The Court Of Lions
16. 15 Chapter 15 Boabdil El Chico
17. 16 Chapter 16 Momentos Of Boabdil
18. 17 Chapter 17 The Tower Of Las Infantas
19. 18 Chapter 18 The House Of The Weathercock
20. 19 Chapter 19 The Legend Of The Arabian Astrologer
21. 20 Chapter 20 Legend Of The Three Beautiful Princesses
22. 21 Chapter 21 Local Traditions
23. 22 Chapter 22 Legend Of The Moor's Legacy
24. 23 Chapter 23 Visitors To The Alhambra
25. 24 Chapter 24 Legend Of Prince Almed Al Kamel; Or, The Pilgrim Of Love Part 1
26. 25 Chapter 24 Legend Of Prince Almed Al Kamel; Or, The Pilgrim Of Love Part 2
27. 26 Chapter 25 Legend Of The Rose Of The Alhambra; Or, The Page And The Ger-Falcon
28. 27 Chapter 26 The Veteran
29. 28 Chapter 27 The Governor And The Notary
30. 29 Chapter 28 Governor Manco And The Soldier
31. 30 Chapter 29 Legend Of The Two Discreet Statues
32. 31 Chapter 30 Mahamad Aben Alahmar, The Founder Of The Alhambra
33. 32 Chapter 31 Jusef Abul Hagias, The Finisher Of The Alhambra

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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.