Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada

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Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada  (1829) 
by Washington Irving


  • Introduction
  • Chapter I -- Of the Kingdom of Granada, and the Tribute which it Paid to the Castilian Crown.
  • Chapter II -- Of the Embassy of Don Juan de Vera to Demand Arrears of Tribute from the Moorish Monarch.
  • Chapter III -- Domestic Feuds in the Alhambra--Rival Sultanas--Predictions concerning Boabdil, the Heir to the Throne--How Ferdin and Meditates War against Granada, and how he is Anticipated.
  • Chapter IV -- Expedition of the Muley Abul Hassan against the Fortressof Zahara.
  • Chapter V -- Expedition of the Marques of Cadiz against Alhama.
  • Chapter VI -- How the People of Granada were Affected on Hearing of the Capture of the Alhama; and how the Moorish King sallied forth to Regain it.
  • Chapter VII -- How the Duke of Medina Sidonia and the Chivalry of Andalusia Hastened to the Relief of Alhama.
  • Chapter VIII -- Sequel of the Events at Alhama.
  • Chapter IX -- Events at Granada, and Rise of the Moorish King, Boabdilel Chico.
  • Chapter X -- Royal Expedition against Loxa.
  • Chapter XI -- How Muley Abul Hassan made a Foray into the Lands of Medina Sidonia, and how he was Received.
  • Chapter XII -- Foray of Spanish Cavaliers among the Mountains of Malaga.
  • Chapter XIII -- Effects of the Disasters among the Mountains of Malaga.
  • Chapter XIV -- How King Boabdil el Chico Marched over the Border.
  • Chapter XV -- How the Count de Cabra sallied forth from his Castle in Quest of King Boabdil.
  • Chapter XVI -- The Battle of Lucena.
  • Chapter XVII -- Lamentations of the Moors for the Battle of Lucena.
  • Chapter XVIII -- How Muley Abul Hassan Profited by the Misfortunes of his Son Boabdil.
  • Chapter XIX -- Captivity of Boabdil el Chico.
  • Chapter XX -- Of the Treatment of Boabdil by the Castilian Sovereigns.
  • Chapter XXI -- Return of Boabdil from Captivity.
  • Chapter XXII -- Foray of the Moorish Alcaydes, and Battle of Lopera.
  • Chapter XXIII -- Retreat of Hamet el Zegri, Alcayde of Ronda.
  • Chapter XXIV -- Of the reception at Court of the Count de Cabra and the Alcayde de los Donceles.
  • Chapter XXV -- How the Marques of Cadiz concerted to Surprise Zahara, and the Result of his Enterprise.
  • Chapter XXVI -- Of the Fortress of Alhama, and how Wisely it was Governed by the Count de Tendilla.
  • Chapter XXVII -- Foray of Christian Knights into the Territory of the Moors.
  • Chapter XXVIII -- Attempt of El Zagal to Surprise Boabdil in Almeria.
  • Chapter XXIX -- How King Ferdinand Commenced another Campaign against the Moors, and how he Laid Siege to Coin and Cartama.
  • Chapter XXX -- Siege of Ronda.
  • Chapter XXXI -- How the People of Granada invited El Zagal to the Throne, and how he Marched to the Capital.
  • Chapter XXXII -- How the Count de Cabra attempted to Capture another King, and how he Fared in his Attempt.
  • Chapter XXXIII -- Expedition against the Castles of Cambil and Albahar.
  • Chapter XXXIV -- Enterprise of the Knights of Calatrava against Zalea.
  • Chapter XXXV -- Death of Muley Abul Hassan.
  • Chapter XXXVI -- Of the Christian Army which Assembled at the City of Cordova.
  • Chapter XXXVII -- How Fresh Commotions broke out in Granada, and how the People undertook to Allay them.
  • Chapter XXXVIII -- How King Ferdinand held a Council of War at the Rock ofthe Lovers.
  • Chapter XXXIX -- How the Royal Army appeared Before the City of Loxa, andhow it was Received; and of the Doughty Achievementsof the English Earl.
  • Chapter XL -- Conclusion of the Siege of Loxa.
  • Chapter XLI -- Capture of Illora.
  • Chapter XLII -- Of the Arrival of Queen Isabella at the Camp before Moclin; and of the Pleasant Sayings of the English Earl.
  • Chapter XLIII -- How King Ferdinand Attacked Moclin, and of the Strange Events that attended its Capture.
  • Chapter XLIV -- How King Ferdinand Foraged the Vega; and of the Battle of the Bridge of Pinos, and the Fate of the two MoorishBrothers.
  • Chapter XLV -- Attempt of El Zagal upon the Life of Boabdil, and how the Latter was Roused to Action.
  • Chapter XLVI -- How Boabdil returned Secretly to Granada, and how he was Received.--Second Embassy of Don Juan de Vera, and hisPerils in the Alhambra.
  • Chapter XLVII -- How King Ferdinand laid Siege to Velez Malaga.
  • Chapter XLVIII -- How King Ferdinand and his Army were Exposed to ImminentPeril before Velez Malaga.
  • Chapter XLIX -- Result of the Stratagem of El Zagal to Surprise KingFerdinand.
  • Chapter L -- How the People of Granada Rewarded the Valor of El Zagal.
  • Chapter LI -- Surrender of the Velez Malaga and Other Places.
  • Chapter LII -- Of the City of Malaga and its Inhabitants.--Mission ofHernando del Pulgar.
  • Chapter LIII -- Advance of King Ferdinand against Malaga.
  • Chapter LIV -- Siege of Malaga.
  • Chapter LV -- Siege of Malaga continued.--Obstinacy of Hamet el Zegri.
  • Chapter LVI -- Attack of the Marques of Cadiz upon Gibralfaro.
  • Chapter LVII -- Siege of Malaga continued.--Stratagems of Various Kinds.
  • Chapter LVIII -- Sufferings of the People of Malaga.
  • Chapter LIX -- How a Moorish Santon Undertook to Deliver the City of Malaga from the Power of its Enemies.
  • Chapter LX -- How Hamet el Zegri was Hardened in his Obstinacy by the Arts of a Moorish Astrologer.
  • Chapter LXI -- Siege of Malaga continued.--Destruction of a Tower by Francisco Ramirez de Madrid.
  • Chapter LXII -- How the People of Malaga expostulated with Hamet el Zegri.
  • Chapter LXIII -- How Hamet el Zegri Sallied forth with the Sacred Banner to Attack the Christian Camp.
  • Chapter LXIV -- How the City of Malaga Capitulated.
  • Chapter LXV -- Fulfilment of the Prophecy of the Dervise.--Fate of Hametel Zegri.
  • Chapter LXVI -- How the Castilian Sovereigns took Possession of the City of Malaga, and how King Ferdinand signalized himself by his Skill in Bargaining with the Inhabitants for their Ransom.
  • Chapter LXVII -- How King Ferdinand prepared to Carry the War into a Different Part of the Territories of the Moors.
  • Chapter LXVIII -- How King Ferdinand Invaded the Eastern Side of the Kingdom of Granada, and how He was Received by El Zagal.
  • Chapter LXIX -- How the Moors made Various Enterprises against theChristians.
  • Chapter LXX -- How King Ferdinand prepared to Besiege the City of Baza, and how the City prepared for Defence.
  • Chapter LXXI -- The Battle of the Gardens before Baza.
  • Chapter LXXII -- Siege of Baza.--Embarrassments of the Army.
  • Chapter LXXIII -- Siege of Baza continued.--How King Ferdinand completelyI nvested the City.
  • Chapter LXXIV -- Exploit of Hernan Perez del Pulgar and Other Cavaliers.
  • Chapter LXXV -- Continuation of the Siege of Baza.
  • Chapter LXXVI -- How Two Friars from the Holy Land arrived at the Camp.
  • Chapter LXXVII -- How Queen Isabella devised Means to Supply the Army with Provisions.
  • Chapter LXXVIII -- Of the Disasters which Befell the Camp.
  • Chapter LXXIX -- Encounters between the Christians and Moors before Baza, and the Devotion of the Inhabitants to the Defence oftheir City.
  • Chapter LXXX -- How Queen Isabella arrived at the Camp, and the Consequences of her Arrival.
  • Chapter LXXXI -- Surrender of Baza.
  • Chapter LXXXII -- Submission of El Zagal to the Castilian Sovereigns.
  • Chapter LXXXIII -- Events at Granada subsequent to the Submission of El Zagal.
  • Chapter LXXXIV -- How King Ferdinand turned his Hostilities against the City of Granada.
  • Chapter LXXXV -- The Fate of the Castle of Roma.
  • Chapter LXXXVI -- How Boabdil el Chico took the Field, and his Expedition against Alhendin.
  • Chapter LXXXVII -- Exploit of the Count de Tendilla.
  • Chapter LXXXVIII -- Expedition of Boabdil el Chico against Salobrena.--Exploit of Hernan Perez del Pulgar.
  • Chapter LXXXIX -- How King Ferdinand Treated the People of Guadix, and how El Zagal Finished his Regal Career.
  • Chapter XC -- Preparations of Granada for a Desperate Defence.
  • Chapter XCI -- How King Ferdinand conducted the Siege cautiously, and how Queen Isabella arrived at the Camp.
  • Chapter XCII -- Of the Insolent Defiance of Tarfe the Moor, and the Daring Exploit of Hernan Perez del Pulgar.
  • Chapter XCIII -- How Queen Isabella took a View of the City of Granada, and how her Curiosity cost the Lives of many Christiansand Moors.
  • Chapter XCIV -- The Last Ravage before Granada.
  • Chapter XCV -- Conflagration of the Christian Camp.--Building of Santa Fe.
  • Chapter XCVI -- Famine and Discord in the City.
  • Chapter XCVII -- Capitulation of Granada.
  • Chapter XCVIII -- Commotions in Granada.
  • Chapter XCIX -- Surrender of Granada.
  • Chapter C -- How the Castilian Sovereigns took Possession of Granada.
  • Appendix


This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.