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The Moorish Whore [Kindle Edition]

Rebekah Scott
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A thousand years ago in Spain, Islam and Christianity collided over the lush lands that once were Al-Andaluz.
Princess Zaida was a pawn, plucked as a prize of war from the palace of the poet-king of Sevilla. She sacrificed her name, her faith and her family in a single day to make a marriage of deceit with Alfonso, the passionate Christian king of Castilla and Leon.
As Doña Isabel she was kept in a cell at San Facund, the cold monastic heart of Castilla and Leon -- a delightful toy for the king, and an affront to Abbot Bernardo, an ambitious Frenchman determined to purge this "Moorish whore" from his holy fiefdom. Left alone while the king went to war, Zaida learned to be wily as a bishop in order to survive -- and eventually to disappear.
Years later, hidden in a remote cloister, Sister Mary Isabel wrote her story in documents that were hidden for centuries in the stones of a mountain monastery -- documents that became "The Moorish Whore."
Based on a true story, spiced with poems and tales from the golden age of Islamic Spain, "The Moorish Whore" is a sweeping adventure from a place and time almost lost to history.

About the Author

Rebekah Scott was a reporter on American newspapers and magazines for many years before moving in 2006 to tiny pueblo on the plains of Spain. She now tends to animals, a vegetable garden, and wandering souls on the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985503211
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Peaceable Publishing (27 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086VT5EC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and stylish. 2 Feb 2013
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I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this book, it gave me a glimpse into a part of Spanish history I knew little about. Extremely well written from a first person viewpoint. The author really made the main character someone you genuinely felt for, as her life was picked apart by the old school Catholic priests who couldn't stand the fact that the King had chosen a Moor princess to be his bride. Outstanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Moorish Whore Review 1 Sep 2012
By J&D
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A very enjoyable read. A moving and intriguing tale written in a way that immerses you completely in all the colour of the era in which it is set. Well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Tale 26 Aug 2013
By Keith
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A really good read and a fascinating yarn. It brings to life the trials and tribulations of life in 11th century Spain and the power of the church over the people.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Intrigue in Old Spain 7 July 2012
By Antonio Toledo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the days of El Cid, when Spain was a battleground for Christian and Moor, there was a beautiful, seductive Muslim princess kept hidden in a monastic town. She was the wife of Alfonso VI, the warrior king of Castilla y Leon, but derisively known as the "Moorish Whore" by the monastery's abbot. This new novel is her story, secreted away until now.
Novelist Rebekah Scott has based her tale of romance amid the changing times of 11th-century Spain. Her gilded Moorish kingdoms are doomed, beset by vulgar forces from the Christian north and Berber south. Their princely daughters are given in marriage as war-prizes to stronger neighbors in order to buy temporary peace.
One such woman is Zaida bint Mu'tamid, daughter of a poet king of Seville and now the sequestered wife of King Alfonso.
The joy of "The Moorish Whore" is how Scott uses the bits of dusty history that have survived that dark age and shaped them into a plausible tale; a tale that is filled with characters who have deliciously foreign foibles and intrigues enough to satisfy any sleuthhound of a reader.
Even though Scott is an American, she lives in Spain and her knowledge of the land and language comes through in her writing.
The novel has a great twist for an ending that leaves the reader running to Wikipedia just to see if history, as written by Scott's Princess Zaida, actually could have happened.
Hopefully, Scott has other adventures on which to take her readers in future novels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Fiction 13 Aug 2012
By aStoirin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
From the very first page the reader is swept back 1000 years to the poignant story of a beautiful Moorish princess traded to a Christian King for a promise of peace. Her tale of love, deception and betrayal so captured my imagination that I couldn't put the book aside and finished it in virtually one sitting. From graves, ancient documents and shreds of historical evidence, author Rebekah Scott is able to breathe life into the heretofore obscure Princess Zaida, whose remains lie buried next to her husband King Alfonso VI in the Palencian town of Sahagún (San Facund). Skillfully blending fact and fiction, Ms. Scott gives Zaida her own voice. And Zaida uses that voice to engage the reader in such a way that you feel more like a friend to whom she is telling the intimate details of her life. So get a cup of tea, sit down and allow this young princess to describe her journey from her childhood in the sun-bleached, flower-filled palace of al-Mu'tamin in Sevilla to the cold, dark Benedictine monastery of San Facund where she dutifully lived as wife of the King and mother to his children surviving the betrayal and the hatred of those who were charged with protecting her in order to earn her place in the tumultuous history of Medieval Spain. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 8 May 2014
By PittsburghLady - Published on Amazon.com
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I met the author on a forum and immediately liked her. This is a very interesting story. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story 19 Mar 2014
By Terri - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my favorite books. I was very happy to snuggle down on the couch and get lost in a world of jasmine and intrigue. I found it very hard to put this book down, and was sad to have to say goodbye at the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fiction novel 10 Nov 2013
By April J. Oberholtzer - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to live in sevilla so I already had a taste for the history and the names and gardens. If you knew nothing this may be difficult to read. It is fiction but also a truthful historical. I really enjoyed it, it gives a fair look at the mixed religious controversy of the time as well.
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