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1200th Anniversary of Charlemagne’s Death

Today, January 28th 2014, marks exactly 1200 years since the death of Charlemagne, arguably the most important figure in European medieval history. There is no way to do justice to this monumental figure in a few words, but it is worth highlighting three of his major contributions to the history of medieval Europe (more…)

Federico García Lorca (d. 1936) on Granada

“The uninformed visitor, amidst the incredible variations in form, vista, light and fragrance, will experience the feeling that Granada is the capital of a kingdom with its own art and literature, and will encounter a curious mix of Jewish Granada and Muslim Granada, both apparently blended by Christianity but alive and incorruptible in their respective unknowing. The prodigious bulwark of the cathedral, the great Imperial and Roman seal of Charles V, have not effaced the little shop of the Jew who prays before a form cast from the silver of the seven-branched candelabrum, just as the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs have not prevented the crescent moon from appearing at times on the breast of Granada’s finest sons.”

El viajero poco avisado encontrará con la variación increíble de formas, de paisaje, de luz y de olor la sensación de que Granada es capital de un reino con arte y literatura propios, y hallará una curiosa mezcla de la Granada judía y la Granada morisca, aparentemente fundidas por el cristianismo, pero vivas e insobornables en su misma ignorancia.

La prodigiosa mole de la catedral, el gran sello imperial y romano de Carlos V, no evita la tiendecilla del judío que reza ante una imagen hecha con la plata del candelabro de los siete brazos, como los sepulcros de los Reyes Católicos no han evitado que la media luna salga a veces en el pecho de los más finos hijos de Granada.

–Federico García Lorca, “Semana Santa en Granada” (April 1936)

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