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Torquemada And The Spanish Inquisition Paperback – 11 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (11 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755115600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755115600
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rafael Sabatini was born to an English mother and Italian father, both well-known opera singers. At seventeen Sabatini moved to England, where, after a brief stint in the business world, he started to write. His major breakthrough came with Scaramouche, which became an international bestseller and was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood. All his earlier books were then rushed into reprint. Many of his novels were subsequently adapted into classic films which appealed to both a male and female market with their drama, romance and action, set against a variety of historical settings. 'One wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish colour, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels' - Daily Telegraph

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Great for the inquisition bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Logical Sadism 11 Jan. 2009
By Scott Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful, carefully constructed account of the Inquisition in Europe leading to the one in Spain. Written prior to the horrors of Hitler and Stalin, it avoids the hysteric sensationalist view seen in some modern works, but deals primarily with the organization of Inquisition methodology. We learn court proceedings, methods of preaching, and of course extraction of information, not always limited to the rack, stake, or strappado. The fascination lies in the use of false promises, prevarication, even having a Hebrew-speaking inquisitor act like a Rabbi to seek out secret confessions or accusations. The question of the ethical values of such behaviors, in addition to bribes and favors, was apparently debated in the courts, and was not universally accepted, even within the hierarchy of the organization. The rules, the techniques, and the goals are extracted directly from the writings of Torquemada, Eymeric, Gregory IX, and Domingo. What is ironic here is how a good concept - the idea of Christian love and charity - was not only perverted, but the result was convincingly believed to be valid and uplifting. You can see how these tyrants really saw themselves saving the world. It is but a small step to make a comparison with our own hypocrisies, propaganda, and self-deception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition 15 Dec. 2011
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This is a very informative book about the Spanish Inquisition. It does a good job about explaining the laws of the inquisition for the Jews and their punishments. Though I was a little disappointed. I was expecting that this book was a biography about Torquemada, but it's not. But it is still a great book. And I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about the Inquisition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 10 Mar. 2015
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Sabatini provides pungent details about the Catholic Church's Inquisition (which started in the 12th Century and not singularly attributable to Spain). His account is cutting and raw but factual and determined. Torquemada was a tormented and mentally ill person who learned at an early age how to use the power of the Catholic Church and the ignorance of the populous for his personal gain. Indeed, Torquemada wrote (plagiarized much content) the foundational content for how the Spanish Inquisition could exterminate at will anyone yet the Church could never be held accountable because culpability was always transferred to the secular authorities carrying out the crimes against humanity, a subtle but important detail that the Nazis overlooked when implementing their Final Solution. It was Torquemanda's evil but clever genius that allowed the Spanish Inquisition to endure over 300 years and kill at will not only in Spain but throughout Latin America. And all the in the name of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 Dec. 2011
By Shortcut - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book, but you have to ignore Sabatini through most of the book. He obviously has an ax to grind. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading these old letters.
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