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Inquisition: The Reign of Fear
Inquisition: The Reign of Fear
by Toby Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb history of one of Europe's worst atrocities, 28 Aug 2008
Toby Green's exhaustive research of the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions has produced an outstanding account of one of the world's worst atrocities. A richly detailed history of Spain and Portugal's intolerance to the 'other' in their midst including Jews, Muslims and even Protestants. It is a history driven by paranoia and ignorance, Green suggesting that this was one of the earliest recorded incidents of racism. It is a thoroughly engrossing read, with fascinating first hand accounts of how the Inquisition affected individuals and their families. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this bleak period in Europe's history and history buffs in general.
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Dreaming Out Loud
Dreaming Out Loud
Price: £7.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but should have been great., 25 Mar 2008
This review is from: Dreaming Out Loud (Audio CD)
The marketing team behind One Republic were extremely shrewd choosing to release 'Stop and Stare' and 'Apologise' from the album. These are by far the most outstanding tracks on the CD, and i think it was fair to expect great things from this group. Unfortunately after a very promising start the songs sound uninspired and consequently none stand out, which is a shame because you certainly get the distinct impresssion this band are capable of great music, but for every 'All fall Down' and 'All we are' there are tracks like 'Tyrant' and 'Somethings not right here' which sounds like a bad pastiche of Jeff Buckley, wailing isn't singing and can be quite grating in the wrong arrangement. But there is enough to enjoy here, you just wish they managed to maintain their evident quality throughout instead of sporadically.

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