The Golden Age of the Spanish Empire would establish five centuries of Western supremacy across the globe and usher in an era of transatlantic exploration that eventually gave rise to the modern world. It was a time of discovery and adventure, of great political and social change - it was a time when Spain learned to rule the world.
Assembling a spectacular cast of legendary characters like the Duke of Alba, El Greco, Miguel de Cervantes, and Diego Velázquez, Robert Goodwin brings the Spanish Golden Age to life with the vivid clarity and gripping narrative of an epic novel. From scholars and playwrights, to poets and soldiers, Goodwin is in complete command of the history of this tumultuous and exciting period. But the superstars alone will not tell the whole tale - Goodwin delves deep to find previously unrecorded sources and accounts of how Spain's Golden Age would unfold, and ultimately, unravel.
Spain is a sweeping and revealing portrait of Spain at the height of its power and a world at the dawn of the modern age.
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Colorful book but poor performer
Depends on the book.
The performer mispronounced many Spanish names, making it obvious that he knows nothing about Spanish history. That only made it harder to follow the complex narrative.
"Spain" highlights the fundamental limitations of this medium. The narrative was too complex, and too filled with unfamiliar names -- including many that were mangled by the narrator -- to follow in this format. This book looks a lot better in print, and is far more comprehensible. Audible format works well only when there are relatively few characters, and the names are not butchered by the narrator.
Dry. but if you're into that sort of thing . . .
This is an interesting history that draws from several great sources. Great history. I say it is dry, but that is probably only if you're not into reading/listening to history.
The anecdotal history. For example, the description of the legal system and the case between Cervantes and Mendoza.
I wouldn't find time to read this book. The narration keeps me engaged.
- Amazon Customer