SEDELLA is one of the ‘White Villages’ of the Axarquia. It is also where I have  lived for the past 22 years..

My new book, ‘Sedella – The story of a Spanish village’, is now available as an EBook and paperback from Amazon (

This is a new venture for me, as it is not a book of mystery and crime stories, but is a romantic historical novel about an Andalucían village, from prehistoric times to the present day. Sedella is one of the pueblos blancos, white villages, of the Axarquía, a hilly region in Málaga province.


Each of the historical chapters is in two parts. The first part is a fairly factual account of the relevant time, though some of these facts may be slightly altered in time etc. to fit the story. The second part of the chapter is a story set around these historical events.

In the 21 chapters, I have tried to give a picture of what the village would be like at different times, for example under Roman occupation, under Moorish occupation, during the long years of Franco’s dictatorship, what the village was like when I came here in 1994 and what it is like now.

Here is an extract taken from the chapter relating to the Bronze Age


(It all began)

Nothing is known of course about the pueblo during the Bronze Age, indeed there may not have even been a settlement here at all. This book, however, is a romance and not a factual history. And given its location between two small rivers and the existence of a small hillock, easily defended, it is likely that one would have been established here. What is known about the area as a whole is that it was inhabited in the Bronze Age by a movement of people from North Africa. These people came from Egypt along the African shoreline, and crossed into Iberia near present day Almuñecar. From here they spread west along the coast, and then moved inland and established a settlement beyond the sierras at where Antequera now stands. Many remains of these two early settlements are still there to this day. From these two areas, on the coastal plain and on the hinterland beyond, they gradually also occupied the slopes of the sierras in between. There are conflicting views as to the origin of these early peoples. This first chapter gives two differing accounts of this history as given to the young people of the pueblo. The first is a poetic tale based on myth, and the second is a scientific one revolving around known archaeological facts and assumptions.

And a second from the time of the re-conquest.



For centuries, the Moors remained in control of much of Spain. They were slowly forced out of northern Spain, and in the end held only most of Andalucía. Then the final push came to free the land at last from their grip.

Los Reyes Cátolicos, the Catholic Kings, Isabella and Ferdinand, were making perhaps their most decisive move in the ten year struggle against the last Moorish enclave in Spain, the kingdom  of Granada. Their army, gathered at Córdoba, was now in 1486 sweeping across al-Andalus by way of Antequera towards the sea port of Málaga, second city after Granada itself of the Moorish kingdom.

For several centuries, this Moorish province had co-existed, uneasily, with Christian Spain. The frontier had been forever fluid and subject to plundering of Moor on Christian, and Christian on Moor.

Antequera itself had been captured by an earlier Ferdinand, King of Spain some 80 years before the start of the current conflict, and had been held ever since as a gateway through which further inroads could occur. This capture was followed by a period of stability with the signing of a truce between the Spanish King, Enrique, and the Moorish Sultan, Mulay Aben Ismael. The Sultan, fearful of the might of Spain and conscious of the insecurity of his kingdom, had agreed to pay a tribute in gold annually to the Spanish throne to ensure peace between the two nations.


Details of how to buy the book (and all my books) can be found on my website.

I hope you enjoy any you read      John Hardy  Sedella[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]