Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Launch for John Cressler's Shadows in the Shining City

John Cressler will celebrate the launch of his second novel Shadows in the Shining City. The evening will include a 50-minute presentation, a reading, Q/A, and a book signing, followed by a party with food and beverages. Come join us at the TSRB Auditorium, Tuesday July 22, 7pm

About the novel:

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.
Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Shadows tells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in the collapse of Moorish Spain.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Georgia Medievalists' Group Fall Meeting CFP


2014 Fall Meeting of the Georgia Medievalists' Group

Where: Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

When: Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

Columbus State University's new Medieval and Renaissance Studies program is very pleased to be hosting the Fall 2104 meeting of the Georgia Medievalists' Group on Saturday, November 8. The Georgia Medievalists' Group is a group of professional and student medievalists of all disciplines that meets twice a year, for a one day interdisciplinary conference of medievalists featuring about 6-8 presenters giving 30 minute presentations of their research. Please consider taking advantage of the chance to present your work and visit with your colleagues from across the state! 

We welcome proposals for papers by faculty or advanced graduate students working in the state of Georgia or nearby regions on any medieval subject or discipline, broadly construed.  Anyone interested in participating, please email an abstract of about 250 words or less along with the title of your proposed presentation and contact information to Shannon Godlove at by Monday, September 15th.

Please spread the word to any friends, colleagues or graduate students you think may be interested, and consider attending even if you have no plans to present. Should be a fun time in uptown Columbus!

We hope to hear from you and see you in November! 

Shannon Godlove

Shannon Godlove, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Certificate
Columbus State University
Woodall Hall 163
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Monday, July 14, 2014

John Cressler Publishes Shadows in the Shining City

Medieval@GeorgiaTech's John Cressler just published his most recent novel, Shadows in the Shining City, the second book in his Anthems of al-Andalus series. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, calls the novel "an aspiring and deeply moving novel on both the nature of love and the many beautiful possibilities brought to life when religions learn to coexist."

Here's what I think: "Cressler's suspenseful novel, set at a decisive moment in Spain's premodern history, challenges all too comfortable prejudices about medieval culture as the eternal dark "other," an allegedly primitive and less cultured period we have long left behind. Under the deceptive garment of an engaging love story, Cressler reveals the human continuities between the medieval past and the modern present, confronts twenty-first century religious intolerance with the decline of a relatively peaceful "convivencia" among tenth-century Spanish Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and celebrates the powerful role of learning and intellectual curiosity for interfaith dialogue." RU

For full information on the novel, please see HERE