Medina Mayrit: The Origins of Madrid

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Ana Ruiz visits the monuments, architecture and archeological remains of early Madrid, tracing its evolution up until the Christian conquest in the late 11th century. This history gives special emphasis to Madrid s Moorish origins, while savoring the piquant blend of Celtiberian, Roman, and Visigoth elements that give it such a distinctive style. Now the capital of Spain, Madrid was originally founded as a modest fortress intended to protect nearby Toledo. It had just a small military population during the 9th and 10th centuries, as well as the Morerķa of the early Christian era, yet it evolved into an influential cultural center. The author highlights colorful personalities and shows how, throughout al-Andalus or Moorish Spain, Mayrit was a leader in pottery techniques, agricultural methods, and hydraulic engineering. Amply illustrated, the book is a virtual portrait of the city and a virtual walking tour, offering specific information for those who wish to stroll the streets and visit archaeological, architectural, and geographical sites that have been preserved. The author closes with etymological theories relating to terms and place-names appearing throughout the book, and provides historical and geographical background.

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Ana Ruiz was born in Madrid and has extensively travelled in her native land to research its history and origins. She is the author of several books with Algora Publishing including Vibrant Andalusia (2007) and The Spirit of Ancient Egypt (2001). She has worked as a freelance travel writer as well as a columnist for several newspapers and magazines in Canada, the USA, and Great Britain. Ruiz also teaches Spanish as well as Flamenco and Oriental Dance in Montreal, Canada.

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