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Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors (edition 2006)

by James Reston Jr.

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Title:Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
Authors:James Reston Jr.
Info:Anchor (2006), Paperback, 400 pages
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A very readable history of the Spanish Conquest of Moorish Spain and the Americas, and the resulting power and influence of Catholic Spain over Rome and the rest of Europe. I great place to start if you want to learn about this time period in Spain's history. ( )
  amerigoUS | May 21, 2010 |
Fascinating history of 15th century Spain and Portugal with a specific focus on the Spanish Inquisition. Especially interesting for showing how tightly interwoven the Inquistion was with European exploration and religion. Basically, the Spanish King and Queen financed their explorations by confiscating property from those trapped in the web of the Inquisition--many of whom were Jewish. At the same time, exploration was sold in part on the theory that it would open up new souls to be saved. Also, interesting for reminding us that while talk of an Islamic Caliphate seems crazy today, talk of a Christian Crusade was no less crazy in the 1400s. ( )
  Gary10 | Jan 27, 2009 |
Reston is a great author who brings history alive. I cannot commend this work enough! For those who are interested in how events are interconnected, this is a book to read - Reston does a marvelous job of connecting the dots between the Spanish Inquisition, Columbus, and the fall of Moorish Spain. ( )
  bingereader | Apr 10, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385508484, Hardcover)

From historian James Reston, Jr., comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, a year when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward adventure and conquest changed the world forever.
 
The Dogs of God chronicles one of the most savage epochs in human history, the years of the Spanish Inquisition. In an effort to consolidate their power on the Iberian peninsula and free themselves from the yoke of the Vatican, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella turned to the priest Tomás de Torquemada, a member of the Dominican order. Torquemada urged an Inquisition that would strengthen the sovereigns’ authority throughout Spain, particularly in the coming campaign against the Moors of Granada. When Granada fell, tens of thousands of Muslims were given the choice of converting to Christianity or facing death or banishment. Torquemada then turned his ferocity on Spain’s Jews, forcing upon them the same grim choice. And in the end, more than 120,000 Jews left their homeland.

With rich characterizations of the central players and breathtaking descriptions of the starkly beautiful Iberian peninsula, Dogs of God also portrays a time during which the entanglement of religious and political passions set the stage for the birth of modern Europe. Ferdinand and Isabella, in solidifying their control over the Iberian peninsula, also presaged the creation of the modern state, with its centralized authority and its collective sense of identity.

Reston’s engrossing narrative brings all of the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition into a terrifyingly brutal focus. And he looks beyond the dark deeds of 1492 as well, capturing the excitement of exploration and the promise of the future that was born in the same year. With an iron grip secured on the political affairs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella turned their eyes toward the New World and the creation of an empire—and toward a young sea captain named Christopher Columbus.

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From historian James Reston comes an account of the pivotal events of 1492, a year when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward adventure and conquest changed the world forever. This book chronicles one of the most savage epochs in history, the years of the Spanish Inquisition. In an effort to consolidate their power on the Iberian Peninsula, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella turned to the priest Torquemada, a member of the Dominican order. Torquemada urged an Inquisition that would strengthen the sovereigns' authority throughout Spain, particularly in the coming campaign against the Moors of Granada. When Granada fell, tens of thousands of Muslims were given the choice of converting to Christianity or facing death or banishment. Torquemada then turned his ferocity on Spain's Jews. Reston also looks beyond the dark deeds of 1492, capturing the excitement of exploration and the promise of the future that was born in the same year.--From publisher description.… (more)

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