Excerpt from The Collegian, 1830
In the traditions of Spain we found all the attractions of novelty. We were ignorant of the many gorgeous and gloomy passages in her annals the struggles which have taken place on her borders; the peculiarities and rapid changes Of the nations... by whom she has been in turn occupied; and all the tales Of crime and heroism which have been woven into the tissue of her story.
The work of Don Trueba is a collection of tales, founded upon facts admitted as authentic by Spanish historians. The series commences at the date of the expulsion of the Goths, and closes with the death of Charles II, in 1706. The author concludes at this period, rather from the neces shy of bringing his work to a conclusion, than from having exhausted his subject. He says, that there is no want of splendid materials. Indeed, Spain was, during the war of independence, the theatre of one of the most glorious con tests that can adorn the pages of the historian. The striking events, the deeds of heroism, the romantic adventure, to which that memorable period gave birth, afforded a wide field for illustration.
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