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Tango0104 Dec 2023 4:43 p.m. PST

"For over 700 years, Spanish Christians tried to exterminate the Arab kingdoms of southern Spain. This great "Reconquista" fired the crusading zeal of countless generations. The Arabs, or Moors as they were known to the Spanish, saw the Spaniards as backward barbarians and fought ferociously to protect their sophisticated civilization. Finally, in 1482 King Ferdinand of Aragon embarked on the last campaign, to take fabled Granada from its Islamic rulers…"

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Legionarius04 Dec 2023 8:01 p.m. PST

Good game. I've had it for years. It can serve as the basis for a wargames miniatures campaign.

Tango0105 Dec 2023 3:35 p.m. PST

Thanks

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42flanker11 Dec 2023 10:26 p.m. PST

Although, ""For over 700 years, Spanish Christians tried to exterminate the Arab kingdoms of southern Spain"….

- not really…

Tango0119 Dec 2023 4:15 p.m. PST

Yes… they tried and did it… visit southern Spain and told me…

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42flanker20 Dec 2023 2:47 a.m. PST

Not "700 years" and, well, 'exterminate' is just silly.

For the first 200 years the Christians in the north were firmly on the back foot (those in the south were busy converting to Islam to get tax breaks). By the time of the collapse of the Caliphate of Cordoba, 'Arab kingdom' had pretty much ceased to have any real meaning (The great emir, Abdur Rahman had so much northern Christian blood in his veins, he had to dye his blonde beard black).
Following the end of the Moroccan- hence "Moorish"- ascendancy of the C12th-C13th and the loss of most of Andalusia, the Muslims of Granada were on the back foot, more or less, with the Christians broadly content to trade and extract tribute when they could and use Berber troops to fight their enemy of the day, while others fought as mercenaries in Muslim armies. Only when the poe-faced Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, joined forces and the Emirs of Granada rashly refused tribute and went to war, were the lights of the Kingdom of Granada finally extinguished.

So- no. Not really. <|:-}

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