"Ruggles's always clear narrative interweaves all the fundamental threads of the historical and political events necessary to fully appreciate the cultural bases of everything that had to do with that dramatic transformation of the Iberian landscape. She seems as at home talking about the changing yields of crop harvests as about the variations in the concepts of paradise as a garden across different cultures." --Maria Rosa Menocal, Yale University, The Medieval Review
From the Author
D. Fairchild Ruggles is Associate Professor in Landscape History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the editor of Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies (SUNY, forthcoming).