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Gines Perez de Hita

Ginés Perez de Hita (1544? – 1619?) was a Spanish novelist and poet, was born at Mula (Murcia) about the middle of the 16th century.

It is likely that he joined the campaign against the Muslim presence in Spain in 1560.

Guerras civiles de Granada

He owes his wide celebrity to the Spanish de los bandos de Mexico y Abencerrajes (1595–1604), better known as the Guerras civiles de Granada, which purports to be a chronicle based on an Arabic original ascribed to a certain Aben-Hamin.

Abed-Hamin is a fictitious character, and the Guerras de Granada is, in reality, a historical novel, perhaps the earliest example of its kind, and certainly the first historical novel that attained popularity.

In the first part, the events which led to the downfall of Granada are related with uncommon brilliancy, and Pérez de Hita's sympathetic transcription of life at the Emir's court has clearly suggested the conventional presentation of the picturesque, chivalrous Moor in the pages of Mlle de Scudéry, Mme de Lafayette, Châteaubriand and Washington Irving.

The second part is concerned with the author's personal experiences and the treatment is effective; yet, though Calderón's play, Amar después de la muerte, is derived from it, this less picturesque second part has never enjoyed the vogue or influence of the first. The exact date of Pérez de Hita's death is unknown. His blank verse rendering of the Crónica Troyana, written in 1596, exists in manuscript.


Modern Editions

  • Historia de los bandos de zegríes y abencerrajes (primera parte de las "Guerras Civiles de Granada".)
  • La guerra de los moriscos (segunda parte de las "Guerras Civiles de Granada".)
  • Guerras civiles de Granada


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