This campaign marked the emergence of Spain as a major military power in Europe and was one of the first campaigns in which artillery played a significant part. By 1481 Granada was the last Islamic enclave in Spain, but it took the Spanish army 11 years of fighting to reach the city walls.
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David Nicolle was born in 1944, the son of the illustrator Pat Nicolle. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.