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History Chair Simon Doubleday to Present Program at the NY Public Library

Simon Doubleday

Dr. Simon Doubleday, professor and chair of the Department of History at Hofstra, will present “The Prince at the Gates of Seville: Cross-Cultural Exchange in Medieval Spain,” on Wednesday, January 13, at 6 p.m. at the New York Public Library‘s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum. Jason Sagebiel, founder of Sage Music, director of the New York City Guitar Orchestra, and lecturer at CUNY, will provide musical accompaniment. 

Dr. Doubleday is the author of The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Muslim Spain, and the Birth of the Renaissance (Basic Books) and a writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library’s Allen Room. He is also president of the Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.

In this presentation, Dr. Doubleday will take his audience back to 1248, when an awestruck Christian prince stood at the gates of Seville, the great Muslim city of southern Spain. The prince, whose name was Alfonso, was a young man with a voracious appetite for ideas and intense admiration for the culture of the Islamic territory he was attempting to conquer. He would soon be celebrated as Alfonso el Sabio, the Wise. His achievements in astronomy, law, and music, inspired by his contact with Arabic culture, were renowned across Europe.

The Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library is located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

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