My book was published on 1 March 2013. It is available from Amazon UK and ES; £9.50 or €11; or within Spain, directly from me at €10 – firstname.lastname@example.org (postage extra in each case). To read more about the book, please go to www.hermitagebook.net
On this site I shall indicate updates, and others can make comments, criticism, corrections…
Now back in Bubión for Easter, I am getting favourable reactions from both Spanish and foreign residents, and I hope it will appeal to visitors.
As I expected, I am already finding items which I would have liked to include in the book. At least, all of them so far are additions, not corrections! In particular, I found a huge book on Órgiva, the relatively large market-town in the valley below my village. It makes the interesting point that in the Moorish period, land tenure was fairly egalitarian. Subsequently, after the expulsion of the Moors and under the Christian resettlers, some people acquired more land than others, until by the 20th century there were big differences in land ownership, hence in wealth. In fact, many peasants were landless, working – and being exploited – by others.
This of course is relevant to the Civil War: the big landowners or “caciques” favoured Franco, and the poor peasants were powerless…
On the other hand, I was appalled to discover a recent book on the Christian “martyrs” of the 16th-century war between the Moors and the Christians in the Alpujarra. Certainly there were martyrs and atrocities, but they were committed by both sides. The author, it seems, is a priest. It terrifies me to think what he has been teaching, in particular to the children sent to him for catechism.
An excellent book on Órgiva – Hablamos de Orgiva, recently published – confirms what I wrote about the Civil War. Órgiva stayed in Nationalist hands, but was constantly under attack from Republicans in the nearby Sierra de Lujar.
Also to be added to my bibliography: in El País Perdido, Justo NAVARRO has used the 16th-century sources to write a readable and objective account of the second Morisco rebellion in 1568-71.
And I had missed Dialogue with Death, written by Arthur KOESTLER who was a war correspondent in Malaga until it fell to Nationalist forces in January 1937. He was captured and narrowly avoided execution.