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El Gran Capitán: The Expulsion of the Muslims from Spain and the French from Italy Paperback – August 18, 2011
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About the Author
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Angel J. Ortiz Jr. graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and served in the Ecuador Navy. While working for the Bechtel Corporation in California, as Engineering Manager, he travelled to South America, Europe, India, and the Orient, and it was during the years he spent in Bilbao and Barcelona that he became interested in Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, also known as El Gran Capitán. The fact that his wife is a direct descendant of this historical figure’s family gave rise to them amassing a wealth of documented information during their stay in Spain and Italy. Equipped with insights into the life of his protagonist, as well as those of other important characters, Ortiz was highly motivated to bring the story of El Gran Capitán to the public. Ortiz currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife.
Top customer reviews
But I digress. Angie and I worked together in Bechtel Espana, he in Bilbao and I in Madrid. I learned a lot about Spain during that time. And its connections to California and the United States. I carried on my travels James Michener's "Iberia." Once, when we visited the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, I was reading to my kids his description of the Puerta Santa (Holy Door.) It is described in a single paragraph of Michener's book, on final page 757. Soon a small crowd of English-speaking tourists gathered around us. I'm not much of a tour guide, but I was flattered and mildly amused.
So I am continuing to plow through Angie's book (billed as a novel;) not that it is boring but because (as an engineer) I tend to get bogged down in detail. I have to discipline myself to focus on the main characters like Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, and breeze through the other guys. Angie, where is the dividing line?
A good piece of work!
The low point in my view is the difficulty in following up the succession of similar names of kings and princes that force me to go back in the reading to know who was the person the Author was talkign about
I have Spanish origins, reading this book was an invitation to look further into my genealogy.