Episode ONE in the 12 part HISTORY OF SPAIN with the Gazpacho-monk.

In this introductory episode the Gazpacho-monk traces the route of the first visitors from Spain to Britain and asks what made them leave a country of warmth and sunlight for an island of rain and cloud? What drives any of us to today – hundreds of thousands of years later – as to reverse that trend and move south?

Join the Gazpacho-monk on this Iberian romp where data accuracy is discarded for fable and story-telling in this 21st century mesh-up of Hispanic History.

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Episode 2 – in the 12 part History of Spain with the Gazpacho-monk.

Whilst the Romans marched through Iberia, the Bearded Visigoths sort of hung around and twiddled with their beards. The Moors however – we are reliably informed by historians that love dates and facts – they “invaded Spain”. But, hang on… back then ‘Spain’ didn’t even exist as a nation, so what were they “invading” and how come it only took the Moors 4 years to “invade the peninsula”, whilst it took the might of the faithful Christians (with untold armies of mercenaries) eight centuries to “invade” Al-Andlaus? Maybe it time to redefine “Invasion”?

Join the Gazpacho-monk on this Iberian romp where data accuracy is discarded for fable and story-telling in this 21st century mesh-up of Hispanic History.

For more the ultimate guide to life, meaning and the universe: read “Inside the Tortilla” by Paul Read on Amazon, iBooks etc

Episode 3 – in the 12 part History of Spain with the Gazpacho-monk.

What if Granada had not fallen to the mercenaries of the Christian army? What if it had retained it’s Islamic kingdom in Europe to this day? In this episode we look at the final days of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, and the role of the Sultan’s father-in-law: Ali-atar. He was a formidable warrior and selected defender of the faith against the Christian infidels. His role was to defend the valley of Granada and this he did until killed at the battle of Lucena. Had he not died, would Granada still be the an Islamic kingdom in Europe today? And what would that have meant for our head-ware, culinary habits and reading matter over the ensuing centuries?
Join the Gazpacho-monk on this Iberian romp where data accuracy is discarded for fable and story-telling in this 21st century mesh-up of Hispanic History.

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History of Spain Episodes 4-6 are here
History of Spain Episodes 7-9 are here
History of Spain Episodes 10-12 are here