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Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
by James Reston, Jr.

I love history because people have already done most things that you can imagine. This book looks at pivotal events in Spain in 1492 including the rise of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and their attempt to consolidate power, and their use of the Inquisition and the persecution of Jews by the Roman Catholic Church to do this. War is also being waged to get the remaining Moors out of Granada and Columbus is trying to finance a little expedition as well.

In the vein of art imitates life: A Spaniard, Rodrigo Borgia, ascends to the Papacy this same year as Alexander VI. He and his family were the model for Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

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