A friend sent this note:
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Granada, 1492.
The Battle of Granada involved a siege of the Spanish city of Granada and was fought over a period of months leading up to the city’s surrender on January 2, 1492.
The city was captured by the combined forces of Aragon and Castile from the armies of the Muslim Emirate of Granada. Granada’s forces were led by Sultan Boabdil (Muhammed XII).
Since the spring of 1491, Granada had been all that was left of the former Moorish state when the Spanish forces of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile laid siege to the walled city. After several attempts to disperse the besiegers had been defeated, Boabdil attempted to raise support from the Islamic Marinid state in Morocco. He negotiated a four month truce with the Spanish whereby he would surrender if no help was received by the expiry of the truce. This failed to materialise and, on the agreed date the city capitulated.
This relatively small campaign was of momentous consequences as Granada was the last outpost of Al-Andalus in Spain and its fall brought to an end 780 years of Muslim control in the Iberian peninsula. It also marked the final act in the Reconquista, the campaign by the medieval Christian states of Spain to drive out the Moorish invaders.
Granada still celebrates the 2nd of January.
Now that Spain is more and more a part of Eurabia, I wonder if Granada still celebrates this day.
There is a massive shift taking place in Europe. People are jettisoning their last vestiges of cultural Catholicism even as there is a huge uptick in the Islamic population.
Has Europe lost its soul? This was a great concern for Pope Benedict.