This book is available from Amazon UK and ES; £9.50 or €11; or within Spain, directly from me at €10 –
ycartm at tenyks dot eb (I have reversed each name to make it more difficult for spammers); postage extra in each case. To read more about the book and the author, please go to www.hermitagebook.net
I become increasingly attached to the Alpujarra, and this village in particular. I come to my house in Bubion 3-4 times a year, and stay for a month or two. Each time I find something new, talk to more people…
The concerns I expressed two years ago become more-and-more relevant. The Spanish economy is recovering, but it will take time for this to be felt in a mountain village dependent on tourism. Nothing has been done to resolve the problem of traffic and parking, and we are still waiting for the swimming-pool to be finished. Municipal elections are coming up in May 2015, but I do not see any useful change arising from this. The present mayor will stand again and for lack of anyone better will almost certainly be re-elected.
I am often asked if I can produce a Spanish edition of my book: my answer has had to be “No”, because my starting-point was a book in Spanish by a former mayor of the village.
However, in January 2015 I wrote a series of eight articles in Spanish recounting the progress of the Catholic forces in January 1569 up to their conquest of the Poqueira villages, then on to Portugos (over the sierra) and Pitres. I e-mailed this, also day-by-day, to a list of contacts and it has aroused quite a lot of interest.
For this, I had studied two works: a very long and thorough thesis by a Spanish academic, published in mid-2013, and a little-known report to King Philip II by the Spanish commander, written soon after his campaign. I also studied detailed maps and tramped over the land, trying to work out how the large Catholic army had fought its way in a single day – January 15th – up to the Poqueira villages.
Afterwards I put these articles together in a single PDF document – “La Reconquista del Poqueira y de la Taha de Pitres” – about 20 pages with maps and pictures. A Spanish author who helped me says it makes a useful contribution to local history. For anyone who knows the area, or for a first-time visit, this should add to its interest. I would be happy to send it to anyone who asks for it (you have my e-mail at the top of this page).
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