- Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
- James Reston Jr.
- 22 September 2020
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characters Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inuisition, and the Defeat of the Moors ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ffort to consolidate its own burgeoning power by throwing off the yoke of the Vatican By waging war on the remaining Moors in Granada and unleashing the Inuisitor Toruemada on Spain’s Jewish and converso population King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella attained enough power and wealth to fu. Pretty interesting contextual history of Columbus and the Inuisition Worth the readread í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê James Reston Jr.
characters Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inuisition, and the Defeat of the Moors ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook From the acclaimed author of Warriors of God comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492 when towering political ambitions horrific religious excesses and a drive toward international conuest changed the world foreverJames Reston Jr brings to life the epic story of Spain’s e. I ve got mixed feelings about this Reston has clearly done his research He credits a number of Spanish and Portuguese experts on the period and uses uite a few contemporaneous sources Excellent He s fairly even handed in representing the perspectives of the Jewish Muslim and Catholic players of the time and uses excerpts from scriptural passages sensitively so we get a feeling for their faiths as motivating force and consoling influence Very Good The factual content is absorbing and much of it was new to me I was taught by Dominican priests and nuns and never knew that members of their order were the first inuisitors There were descriptions of 15th century water boarding I found similarities to the thought police of Chinese society under Mao and East Germany under the Stasi and was reminded that human nature doesn t change Reston made me think about group behaviour systems of government abuses of power and the power of religion all still very relevant But he needed an editor There were a number of annoying sweeping statements and emotive assertions and generalisations I imagine he wanted this to be accessible to a 21st century audience but some of his idioms were incongruous And inconsistencies and redundancies eg describing ueen Isabella as gushing enthusiastically really distracted from the content And he referred to Richard III as though Shakespeare s portrayal were historically accurate Perhaps I m being pedantic but that kind of thing detracts from the overall effect of the work Some time with a good editor would have tightened up his prose and given it a measured tone And perhaps this would have made a good article or two rather than a bookIn general I m disappointed But he certainly makes me want to read about the period Maybe two and a half stars
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characters Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inuisition, and the Defeat of the Moors ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Nd Columbus’ expedition to America and to chart a Spanish destiny separate from that of Italy With rich characterizations of the central players this engrossing narrative captures all the political and religious ferment of this crucial moment on the eve of the discovery of the New Worl. A very interesting in a disturbing sort of way about the Inuisition Christopher Columbus and the crusade against the Moors Learning just how much the Inuisition was a convenient way for the Spanish monarchs to fund the royal treasury thereby making it possible for them to continue in their battles against the Moors was very eye opening The religious components seemed to be somewhat secondary to the opportunity to confiscaste property That being said the focus on the ordained uality of Isabella and Ferdinand how they were chosen by God on a mission from God and doing God s work and using this is a tool to further their political objectives was fascinating The corruption of the Vatican and the power hungry Cardinals and Pope was over the top It definitely gives one pause to read about the very bloody history of Christianity This would be in interesting book to discuss in a group composed of Christian Jewish and Muslim particpants