Book Review – Imperiofobia y leyenda negra

Imperiofobia y leyenda negra: Roma, Rusia, Estados Unidos y el Imperio español is a tremendous eye-opening book. I originally read this book during the Covid lockdowns two years ago, and now having re-read it again, I must say it’s a must read book to understand current world politics, by understand our history. This book goes […]

Book Review – A History of Medieval Spain

Joseph F. O’Callaghan is arguably my favorite non-hispanic reconquista scholar, as his works on this subject are second to none. In this book, A History of Medieval Spain, Joseph F. O’Callaghan goes into incredibly detail on the history of Spain from both the Christian and Muslim sides, in a comprehensive way. This is a scholarly […]

Book Review – The Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Castile

The Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Castile, is one of favorite books about medieval Spain (I’ve already gone back and re-read this book multiple times). In a weird comparison, this book felt very much like reading The Silmarillion (history told by the perspective of the Elves). I find these types of books to be […]

Book Review – Stop Wasting Time

Stop Wasting Time: End Procrastination in 5 Weeks with Proven Productivity Techniques is the type of book that I should’ve years ago. While indeed I read the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (book review pending), this book takes a more practical approach rather than a motivational one. Not to say that I […]

Book Review – ¡Santiago y cierra, España!

¡Santiago y cierra, España! (St. James, Close, and Spain) is the third and final volume by José Javier Esparza on the Reconquista. This book starts after the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. This particular era of the Reconquista (1212-1492) is really well documented, so I was surprised to see that this book was not […]

Reconquista Timeline and GitHub Pages

Website URL: https://alpha01.github.io/reconquista-timeline/ GitHub Repository: https://github.com/alpha01/reconquista-timeline I’m somewhat of a Hispanic history nerd, particularly the Reconquista Era. I’ve read about 20+ books on this subject, have three regular journal notebooks scattered with lots of different notes. I love book journaling, however this form of research and study does have it’s drawbacks. The main one, my […]

Book Review – First Templar Nation

First Templar Nation: How Eleven Knights Created a New Country and Refuge for the Grail by Freddy Silva is a fascinating book. I consider my knowledge of the history of The Kingdom of Portugal to be fairly strong. Including the first county of Portugal (which is not mentioned in this book). However, I learned a […]

Book Review – Amadís of Gaul: Book I

I first heard of Amadís de Gaula while reading Don Quixote  as it was Amadís that Don Quixote modeled himself as too. So given this, I was naturally interested on reading the source material that caused Don Quixote to go mad. Aside from Don Quixote, this is my very first dive into the world of […]

Free Online Resources to Learn more about The Reconquista

Due to my endless appetite of acquiring knowledge about the Reconquista, I happened to stumble across The Library of Iberian Resources Online (LIBRO) by the University of Central Arkansas. This awesome site gives us access to a decent collection of scholarly works about the Reconquista, completely free of charge. I think what makes this site […]

RIP Kentaro Miura

Like the rest of the world, I was in complete shocked when I heard the tragic news of the passing of Kentaro Miura. My introduction on his amazing work of Berserk, was mere recently. I started buying the omnibus’ Berserk Deluxe Editions by Dark Horse Comics about two years ago. It wasn’t until I had […]