180430 History Talk 30th April: History of Spain Part 2; The Moors in Spain

Date: Monday 30th April 2018  10:30 (note new date)
Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)
Subject: History of Spain Part 2; ‘The Moors in Spain’
Lecturer: Angela Chantry
The word “Moors” derives from the Latin “mauri”, a name for the Berber tribes living in Roman Mauretania.  It has no ethnographic meaning but can be used to refer to all Muslims, Berber or Arab, who conquered the Iberian Peninsula. These Moors arrived in Spain in the year 711 and thus began a period of history which would shape Iberia differently than the rest of Europe, as the land adapted to a new religion, language and culture.  The last Moorish king, commonly known as Boabdil, finally surrendered to Isabel and Ferdinand, Los Reyes Católicos, in 1492, but as will be shown, the Moors left behind an amazing architectural legacy.