THE SHINING CITY

By Joan Fallon

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


This is the story of a city, a city that is now in ruins and lies five kilometres outside Córdoba in Spain: MADINAT AL ZAHRA. The story is set in the 10th century, a time when southern Spain was under the rule of the Moors. The ruler, Caliph Al Rahman III, was rich, powerful and cultured. His caliphate was, at long last, at peace and the capital, Córdoba, was considered to be not only the most beautiful city in the civilised world, but also the seat of learning and culture. Against this background we meet the artisan Qasim — he and his family have moved to Madinat al Zahra to make their fortune as potters. Qasim is a good husband and father. He works hard, says his prayers and keeps out of trouble. But Qasim has a secret; his past is not what it seems. When a stranger arrives asking questions about him, and his youngest son falls in love with the caliph’s concubine, he realises that all he has worked for could be destroyed. He has to take action...


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This is the story of a city, a city that is now in ruins and lies five kilometres outside Córdoba in Spain: MADINAT AL ZAHRA. The story is set in the 10th century, a time when southern Spain was under the rule of the Moors. The ruler, Caliph Al Rahman III, was rich, powerful and cultured. His caliphate was, at long last, at peace and the capital, Córdoba, was considered to be not only the most beautiful city in the civilised world, but also the seat of learning and culture. Against this background we meet the artisan Qasim — he and his family have moved to Madinat al Zahra to make their fortune as potters. Qasim is a good husband and father. He works hard, says his prayers and keeps out of trouble. But Qasim has a secret; his past is not what it seems. When a stranger arrives asking que...


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Joan Fallon was born in Scotland, but spent most of her formative life in the south of England. After a brief spell working in industry, she became a teacher and later a management consultant specialising in Behavioural Studies. She moved to the south of Spain in 1997 and began writing full-time. Since living in Spain she has become very interested in the country and its culture and this is reflected in her books.




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