Historical Novels Set in Medieval Muslim Spain!


Book 1 – Emeralds of the Alhambra (2013)

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Book 2 – Shadows in the Shining City (2014)

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Book 3 – Fortune’s Lament (2018)

April 2018!

Anthems of al-Andalus Series
(Milford House Press
– an imprint of Sunbury Press)


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Background Material for Fortune’s Lament
A Slideshow of Maps from Fortune’s Lament Photographs of Settings and Scenes from Fortune’s Lament

Background Material for Shadows in the Shining City
A Slideshow of Maps
from Shadows in the Shining City
Photographs of Settings and Scenes
 Shadows in the Shining City

 Emeralds of the AlhambraBook One of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, bJohn D. Cressler, was released by Sunbury Press on June 5, 2013. Shadows in the Shining CityBook Two of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, bJohn D. Cressler, was released on July 22, 2014.  Fortune’s Lament, Book Three of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, by John D. Cressler, will be released in April of 2018.


John D. Cressler is a professor and author. Cressler’s historical fiction is aimed at bringing alive medieval Muslim Spain for modern audiences. This site focuses on Cressler’s historical fiction, including: background material, photographs, reviews, videos, radio spots, blog posts, upcoming book presentation and signing events, and an author biography. Readers interested in medieval Spain, the nature of love, interfaith issues, and the concept of convivencia (the unique peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews and Christian in medieval Spain) will find the Anthems of al-Andalus series compelling. Or you may just be after a GREAT read. Look no further! Cressler’s first novel, Emeralds of the Alhambra (Sunbury Press, 2013), is set during the Castilian Civil War (1367-1369), a time when Muslims took up their swords to fight alongside Christians. Much of the action takes place within Granada’s Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the best-preserved medieval Islamic palace in the world. Cressler’s second novel, Shadows in the Shining City (Sunbury Press, 2014), is set in late 10th century Cordoba, at the height of the Golden Age of Muslim Spain. Much of the action takes place within Madinat al-Zahra (literally, ‘the shining city’), widely considered the most lavish royal palace ever constructed in the west. The third novel in the series, Fortune’s Lament, will be released in 2018 and takes place at the time leading up to the fall of the Muslim Spain in 1492. The beginnings of the Christian conquest of Granada by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the coming voyages of Columbus, and the emergence of the Spanish Inquisition all figure prominently in the story. All three novels are love stories designed to break open this rich history. A fourth novel in the series is currently in the works!

In addition to details about Cressler’s fiction, this site also includes material on his many non-fiction books, some of which, Silicon Earth and Reinventing Teenagers, are intended for general audiences. Enjoy!