.625, Bishop Isidore of Seville prefaced his
History of the Kings of the Goths
with this extravagant paean of praise to his homeland:
Of all the lands from the west to the Indies, you Spain, O sacred and always fortunate mother of princes and peoples, are the most beautiful … You are the pride and ornament of the world, the most illustrious part of the Earth, in which the Gothic people are gloriously prolific, rejoicing much and flourishing greatly. Indulgent nature has deservedly enriched you with an abundance of everything fruitful … Rightly did golden Rome, the head of the nations, desire you long ago … Now it is the most flourishing people of the Goths, who in their turn, after many victories all over the world, have eagerly seized you and loved you: they enjoy you up to the present time amidst royal emblems and great wealth, secure in the good fortune of empire.