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DOGS of GOD

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Dogs of God:

Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors

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Anchor Books, 2006 – History – 363 pages
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 conquest changed the world forever.

James Reston, Jr., brings to life the epic story of Spain’s effort 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 Inquisitor Torquemada on Spain’s Jewish and converso population, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella attained enough power and wealth to fund 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 World.

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Review: Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors

User Review  – David R. – Goodreads –

By and large a fine treatment of a broad theater of activity. Reston gives adequate treatment to the Reconquista, the growth of the Spanish Inquisition, and the Columbus voyage of discovery. These are … Read full review

Review: Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors

User Review  – Michael – Goodreads –

It's not a coincidence that in 1492 Ferdinand and Isabelle completed the 700-year "reconquest" of Moorish Spain and also commissioned Christopher Columbus to explore the New World. In this imperfect … Read full review

Editorial Review – Reed Business Information (c) 2005

Veteran journalist and author Reston brings to life three key elements of Spanish history that intertwined in 1492. Columbus takes a back seat to the Inquisition and the defeat of Islamic Granada, but plays a key role in demonstrating their relationship to the rise of empire and the modern state. Reston (Warriors of God; Galileo) has done tremendous research, though the shadows of his mostly older sources tend to show in stereotypes of the treasure-hungry, Machiavellian Ferdinand and the handsome adventurer Columbus charming Isabella. While he reduces the order of Dominicans to their role as inquisitors, he generally does justice to the complexities of his subject, examining the worlds of Christians, Muslims and Jews with sympathy and irony, and incorporating portraits of several lesser-known figures. The Inquisition emerges from political as much as religious circumstances, and the clerics presented run the gamut from saints to careerists, rabble-rousing preachers and prophets. Parallel civil wars in Christian and Muslim Spain and images of mobs on both sides suggest the interplay of popular feeling, government policy and theological debate. Despite minor disappointments in the details, this is a highly entertaining, thoughtful and complex narrative that both introduces and analyzes a greatly misunderstood era. Agent, Joseph Regal. (On sale Oct. 11) 

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Pamela Ida
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