Dogs of God

Columbus, the Inquisition and the Defeat of the Moors

James Reston
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From historian James Reston, comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, a year that catapulted the Western World out of the Middle Ages into the Modern era

Set against the fury and strife that arose from the cinders of medieval Europe, Dogs of God chronicles one of the most savage epochs in human history. In an effort to consolidate their powers on the Iberian Peninsula and free themselves from the yoke of the Vatican. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand turned to the priest Tomas de Torquemada, who argues that an Inquisition would strengthen the sovereigns' authority throughout Spain, particularly in the coming campaign against the Moors. 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.



Reston's compelling narrative brings all of the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition into a terrifyingly brutal focus. But Reston looks beyond the dark deeds of 1492 as well, capturing the excitement of exploration and promise of the future that were born in the same year that Ferdinand and Isabella turned their eyes toward a young sea captain named Christopher Columbus.

Author bio:

James Reston is the author of twelve previous books, including Warriors of God, The Last Apocalypse and Galileo: A Life. He has written articles for The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone and many other publications; three plays; and the scripts for three Frontline documentaries. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Category: History
ISBN: 9780571221264
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Non Fiction
Pub Date: June 2006
Page Extent: 384
Format: Book
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Subject: History