Leila, or The Siege of Granada is a historical romance novel written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1838.
The novel is set in Granada, Spain in the Middle Ages — beginning in the summer of 1491. It was originally published in an expensive form, with many engraved illustrations. The preface to the 1860 edition explains that the novel has been less popular than his other works of fiction due to the prejudice against literary works that are thought to owe their value, in part, to the illustrations.
In Leila, as the double title suggests, there is a double storyline: the domestic story of the daughter (Leila) and the public story of the nation. Leila's father, Almamen, switches allegiances between Christian and Moor in what eventually becomes the famous Siege of Granada. Almamen attempts to guard his daughter's Jewish heritage by keeping her away from her Moorish lover, Muza. He inadvertently delivers her into the hands of the Christian monarchs, and Leila is subjected to the procedures of conversion by the queen's intermediary, Donna Inez. In the double story line, the conquest of Muslim Granada runs parallel to the conversion of the Jewish Leila. The characters meet at the altar of a convent in which Leila is about to take her vows as a nun, and her father kills her. The domestic plot parallels the Christianization of Spain.
Table of Contents:
CHAPTER I. THE ENCHANTER AND THE WARRIOR.
CHAPTER II. THE KING WITHIN HIS PALACE.
CHAPTER III. THE LOVERS.
CHAPTER IV. THE FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
CHAPTER V. AMBITION DISTORTED INTO VICE BY LAW.
CHAPTER VI. THE LION IN THE NET
CHAPTER I. THE ROYAL TENT OF SPAIN.—THE KING AND THE DOMINICAN
CHAPTER II. THE AMBUSH, THE STRIFE, AND THE CAPTURE.
CHAPTER III. THE HERO IN THE POWER OF THE DREAMER.
CHAPTER IV. A FULLER VIEW OF THE CHARACTER OF BOABDIL.—MUZA IN THE GARDENS
CHAPTER V. BOABDIL’S RECONCILIATION WITH HIS PEOPLE.
CHAPTER V. LEILA.—HER NEW LOVER.—PORTRAIT OF THE FIRST INQUISITOR OF SPAIN
CHAPTER VII. THE TRIBUNAL AND THE MIRACLE
CHAPTER I. ISABEL AND THE JEWISH MAIDEN.
CHAPTER II. THE TEMPTATION OF THE JEWESS
CHAPTER III. THE HOUR AND THE MAN
CHAPTER. I. LEILA IN THE CASTLE—THE SIEGE.
CHAPTER II. ALMAMEN’S PROPOSED ENTERPRISE.—THE THREE ISRAELITES
CHAPTER III. THE FUGITIVE AND THE MEETING
CHAPTER IV. ALMAMEN HEARS AND SEES, BUT REFUSES TO BELIEVE
CHAPTER V. IN THE FERMENT OF GREAT EVENTS THE DREGS RISE.
CHAPTER VI. BOADBIL’S RETURN.—THE REAPPEARANCE OF GRANADA.
CHAPTER VII. THE CONFLAGRATION.—THE MAJESTY OF AN INDIVIDUAL PASSION
CHAPTER I. THE GREAT BATTLE.
CHAPTER II. THE NOVICE.
CHAPTER III. THE PAUSE BETWEEN DEFEAT AND SURRENDER.
CHAPTER IV. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY HORSEMAN.
CHAPTER V. THE SACRIFICE.
CHAPTER VI. THE RETURN—THE RIOT—THE TREACHERY—AND THE DEATH.
CHAPTER VII. THE END.