When the Moors Ruled in Europe (Acorn Media)
Camera-ready historian Bettany Hughes’s fascinating account of the centuries before the Renaissance when the Moors–who had taken over much of Spain–were the undisputed rulers of the known world, forging ahead in the worlds of science, literature, art, and architecture. In two 50-minute programs, Hughes recounts the Moorish world’s wares, including the impossibly dazzling alhambras (palaces) in Granada and Seville. Even the Catholics, after taking over these lands, built copycat churches that had the appearances of mosques. Hughes’ exuberance is contagious, as she makes a potentially dry subject endlessly exciting.