Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards

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In two parts (Part I produced in Dec. 1670, Part II in Jan. 1671; both published 1672). Written in resounding rhyming couplets, this ten‐act heroic extravaganza by Dryden depicts the troubled but finally fortunate loves of the noble if impulsive Almanzor and the Moorish beauty Almahide. With its ample cast of characters, including the vividly drawn femme fatale Lyndaraxa, and its epic setting against the background of the Spanish reconquest of Granada torn by the tribal rivalry between the Abencerragos and the Zegrys, the play was a huge box‐office hit. As such it became the main target of the duke of Buckingham's and others' burlesque in The Rehearsal, in which its high‐blown verse and its larger‐than‐life hero were savagely satirized.

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