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 Spains 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 Spains 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.