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The Alhambra palace complex is imposingly situated above the town of Granada, on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada, southern Spain. It is the most important surviving medieval Islamic palace in the world. Michael Jacobs takes a fresh look at this magical palace-fortress, built by the Muslim Nasrid rulers and the potent mythology that has grown up around it. The heart of the book is a tour of the palace and the adjoining gardens of the Generalife. The final chapter assesses the literature, art and architecture inspired by this legendary place.
Michael Jacobs is a prolific writer on art history and travel, and a translator of Spanish and Latin American drama. He was born in Italy and took his degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, where he received a Ph.D. in 1982 for his researches into 18th-century Italian art. He is currently Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Hispanics Department of Glasgow University. Since 1979 he has worked mainly as a writer. His Factory of Light - Tales from my Andalucian Village, was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Prize. He lives in Spain. Francisco Fernandez is Professor of Photography at Granada University. His photographs are widely exhibited and they are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fine Arts Museum, Santander. He lives in Granada.
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