The Long Battle
In the second episode of this fascinating series unlocking Spain's past, Simon Sebag Montefiore continues his journey through Southern Spain to tell the story of how Christian Spain fought back against centuries of conquest. In Seville and Cabra he uncovers the truth about the Spanish hero El Cid. In Granada he describes how the exquisite Alhambra Palace was the last gasp of Islamic Spain, before Ferdinand and Isabella purged the county through the Spanish Inquisition, an early terror state. In Córdoba he learns some unsettling truths about his own family.