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Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797456.001.0001

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Calling on the Martyrs

Calling on the Martyrs

The Final Atonement of Islamic Architecture

(p.153) 9 Calling on the Martyrs
Admiration and Awe

Antonio Urquízar-Herrera

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 expounds on the martyr stories of pre-Islamic and Islamic times. Ambrosio de Morales’s recovery of Eulogius’ writings on the Córdoba Martyrs (1574) fixed the genre in Spain. After that, the history of that city’s mosque was associated to the memory of the martyrs (Martin de Roa and others). Conversely, narratives on Seville Giralda focused on the story of St Justa and St Rufina (Luis de Peraza, Pablo Espinosa, Rodrigo Caro, etc.). Finally, the invention of the Lead Books of Granada, which was related to the demolition of the former minaret of Granada’s Aljama, centred the whole of the subsequent local historiography in the memory of St Caecilius and other martyrs (Francisco Bermúdez de Pedraza, Francisco Henríquez de Jorquera, and many others). A key element of this turn was the conversion of the Islamic buildings in archaeological evidences of the martyrdoms and the antiquity of these cities’ Christianity.

Keywords:   Ambrosio de Morales, Eulogius of Córdoba, Córdoba martyrs, St Justa and St Rufina, St Caecilius, Lead Books of Granada, Turpiana tower, Luis de Peraza, Martin de Roa, Francisco Bermúdez de Pedraza

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