Tuesday, January 28, 2014

the Moor's last sigh

As the Reconquista of the Reyes Católicos claimed the last Muslim stronghold in Spain, Muhammad XII, former lord of the Alhambra, led the royal party south, towards exile. Legend has it that as he reached the last overpass that afforded him a view of Granada and his beloved palace, he reined in his horse, gazed down into the valley for the final time, and promptly burst into tears. His (formidable) mother proceeded to say thus ...

ابك اليوم بكاء النساء على ملك لم تحفظه حفظ الرجال
Thou dost weep like a woman for what thou couldst not defend as a man

And so, that pass was forever called Puerto del Suspiro del Moro - Pass of the Moor's Sigh. The Spanish love telling that story.


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