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Amaya o los vascos en el siglo VIII
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Amaya o los vascos en el siglo VIII ("Amaya, or the Basques in the 8th century") is a Romantic historic novel by Francisco Navarro-Villoslada . The story is placed during the invasion of Visigothic Spain by the Moors.
Mixing history and legend, it presents how pagan and Christianized Basques unite under the first king of Navarre and ally with Pelayo, the first king of Asturias to defend Christianity against Islam. Amaya is a Christian noblewoman, daughter of a Basque woman and Ranimiro, the ruthless Visigoth general. She is a niece to pagan leader Amagoya, who prefers her other pagan niece as heiress to the secrets of Aitor , the Basque ancestral patriarch. Pacomio is an machinating Jew conspirating in disguise among Muslims, Visigoths and Basques. Eudes, duke of Cantabria, is Pacomio's son, but, by hiding his Jewish origin, has gotten a high post in the Visigoth kingdom and aspires to power beyond what his allies and his father would allow.
At the end, the secret of Aitor is revealed to recommend Christianity, the pagan Basques (except for Amagoya) convert, and Amaya marries the Basque resistance leader, García, becoming the first kings of Navarre. The legends of Teodosio de Goñi and San Miguel de Aralar , the Caba Rumía , the Table of Solomon in Toledo, and others are also mentioned in the plot.
"Amaia" and "Amagoia" (in modern spelling) may be used today as Basque female names.
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