THE LASTEST meeting of Javea U3A’s History Group was a truly historic occasion as group leader Peter Atkinson gave the group’s 100th presentation since it was founded in 2005.
Among the capacity audience at the Casa de Cultura in Javea old town to witness Peter’s presentation was founder leader Sally Wells, who ran the group in its first six years.
The group has come a long way since those early days when Sally and husband Sam originally hosted a small gathering of enthusiasts in their own home.
Peter reflected on the fact that his presentation, entitled ‘Moors and Christians: Conquest, Reconquest and Architectural Legacy’, was a ‘refurbished’ version of one he gave back in 2008, but it proved as appropriate now as it did when it was first given, especially as much of what was going on during those early conflicts is still going on today around the world.
Peter’s presentation covered the period from the invasion of Iberia by Muslims from Morocco in 711 to the early 17th century, by which time Spain was back in the hands of the Christians. Peter suggested that during those intervening centuries there was ongoing intermittent conflict that was less about religion than material rewards involving power and land.
Peter entertained the audience with his usual enthralling mix of well-researched information and humour, which ensured that none of the audience went away bored.
He was given an enthusiastic round of applause and presented with a bottle of wine as a thank-you gift by member Mike Frost, who appropriately will be giving the group’s next presentation on Admiral Lord Nelson in May.
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