Fortune's Lament

Much of modern Spain was under Muslim control for nearly 800 years (from 711 to 1492 C.E.). Medieval Islamic Spain was deeply influential in world history, for a multitude of reasons, including the rediscovery, translation, and dissemination of the lost works of medicine, science, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. The Muslim Umayyads (with roots tracing back to Syria), were lovers of books and learning, and helped launch a cultural revolution in Córdoba which transformed the western world. An exceptional 200+ year period of peaceful coexistence occurred between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam under Muslim Umayyad rule, providing a powerful lesson in the practice of multiculturalism for our 21st-century world.

Fortune’s Lament is the third release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series, which break open this largely forgotten and fascinating history for modern readers. All three historical novels are love stories set at pivotal moments in the history of medieval Islamic Spain. Fortune’s Lament is set in Granada’s Alhambra Palace, 120 years after Emeralds of the Alhambra, and tells the story of Danah, a young Muslim woman who aspires to be the first female physician in the city. Love unexpectedly blossoms between Danah and Yusef, a valiant prince of court from a rival clan, during the bloody final conquest of Granada by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Christian Spain. As the light of Islamic Spain dims, the Inquisition looms large on the horizon, as does the coming voyage of Columbus to discover the Americas.

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Fortune’s Lament . . . soars to new heights as a compelling tale that leaves nothing wanting: provocative prose that delights the imagination, intrigue on multiple levels, vivid scenes both tender and terrifying, and Great Love that spans generations.” ―Catherine Crosby, co-founder of the Neshama Interfaith Center, Atlanta 

Extensively researched and beautifully written, Cressler’s novel leads us into an exotic world of love, ghosts, intrigue, and betrayal. A must-read for all lovers of historical fiction.” —Joan Fallon, author of the Al-Andalus series, Málaga, Spain 

Wrapped up in yet another a deliciously satisfying love story, Fortune’s Lament provides readers with an intimate view of the complex geopolitical panorama surrounding the fall of the last Muslim stronghold in Iberia and the rise of Catholic Spain on the world stage.” ―Julia Baumgardt, Marian University, Indianapolis


John D. Cressler is the Schlumberger Chair Professor and the Ken Byers Teaching Fellow in Science and Religion at Georgia Tech. He is the author of five nonfiction books (two for general audiences), as well as the historical novels Emeralds of the Alhambra and Shadows in the Shining City. Fortune’s Lament is the third release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series. Visit the author at and

by John D. Cressler
Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x 1.4
602 Pages with maps and photographs
FICTION / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Religious
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