Author(s): Jules Stewart
At the heart of the Castilian plateau, far from the seething coastal resorts of Spain, sits the great city of Madrid. Perched some 2,200 feet above the distant sea, it is at once the loftiest and also the most enigmatic of Europe's capitals: difficult to understand for the Spanish and foreigners alike. Its intense character and the abrupt manner and hectic lifestyle of the madrileños can make even other Spaniards feel exhausted. Yet Madrid has a rich historical and cultural lifewhich attracts almost eight million visitors per year, drawn to its beautiful palaces and churches, the magnificent collections of the Prado, and the pervasive echoes of a faded empire. Despite its ancient origins, Madrid feels like a modern, youthful city. But the legacy of Madrid's "golden age"--the Spanish colonies from the Andes to the Philippines from which the city derived its wealth--remains evident in the extravagant Baroque façades of the old city. JulesStewart here provides an insider's account of Madrid and unveils the history and culture of one of Europe's most fascinating, but least understood cities.
Jules Stewart is a journalist, historian and author. He spent twenty years in Madrid working as a journalist, and now lives in London. His books include Albert: A Life (I.B.Tauris, 2011); On Afghanistan's Plains: The Story of Britain's Afghan Wars (I.B.Tauris, 2011); Crimson Snow: Britain's First Disaster in Afghanistan (2008); The Savage Border: The Story of the North-West Frontier (2007); Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya (2006) and The Khyber Rifles: From the British Raj to Al Qaeda (2005).
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