Tag Archives: Spain

Charles V Quits and Goes to Yuste

How would you like to rule the world? Charles V ruled it—the best part of it, which included Western Europe and America. Charles V at the Battle of Mühlberg by Titian He worked and worried day and night for forty … Continue reading

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The Emperor Meets His Natural Son

The Emperor Charles V (Charles I of Spain) “Gómez!” “Sire?” “Put my leg up.” The servant stooped down to see that the board holding up the Emperor’s left leg was solid, then cranked it higher. The orthopedic chair was an … Continue reading

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Don Quijote’s Evil Giants

When you first see the windmills on the great hill of Consuegra you will remember Don Quijote. He thought they weren’t windmills but evil giants standing haughtily in front of him; and he bravely tilted his lance and charged. They … Continue reading

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Giddy-up, Aristotle

This looks like a medieval version of Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly singing “True Love.” But it isn’t anything like that. Those aren’t earphones or the man’s microphone but a…bridle. The woman is riding him. She is Phyllis the Courtesan … Continue reading

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Great Roman Engineering

One of the most impressive Roman constructions you will ever see is the aqueduct of Segovia, Spain. Aqueduct of Segovia (file photo) It still brings good water down from the mountains fifteen kilometers away. For most of that distance the … Continue reading

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Your First Bullfight? Here’s What You’ll See

You find your seat in the grandstands and sit down. In front of you is a big circle of yellow sand, surrounded by a red fence. Horns blow, a gate opens, and the toreros (bullfighters) come out into the ring. … Continue reading

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A Great Story by Cervantes

Rinconete and Cortadillo is one of the best of Cervantes’ short stories. Two raggedy kids coincide at an inn on the road to Seville. “What is your trade?” one asks the other as they lay in the shade at siesta … Continue reading

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