Has anyone read this book?

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  1. thjplgvp

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    Professor B. Netanyahu, The Origins of the Inquisition. This book supposedly chronicles the plight of the Jews during the Spanish Inquisition. An interesting topic I would like to peruse but at $50.00 bucks I am curious what others might think first.
     
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    I haven't read it, but it is an interesting topic. I read a piece of historical fiction sometime back about the Jews being run out of Spain during the inquisition.
     
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    I'd do my perusing at the local library since we're talking about $50 large [​IMG]
     
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    Try inter-library loan for free, or at least next to free. It may take a while.
     
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    Mc, it may not be fiction.

    "Writes Professor B. Netanyahu in his 1,400-page work, The Origins of the Inquisition, quoting an eyewitness account of the time:


    "Those of them who refused to accept baptism were immediately slain, and their corpses, stretched in the streets and the squares, offered a horrendous spectacle." (p. 159)

    Just how many Jews converted in these forced mass conversions that accompanied the Christian conquest of Spain? Estimates rage between tens of thousands to as many as 600,000. (See The Origins of the Inquisition, p. 1095.)

    Many of those who converted did so only outwardly, continuing to practice Judaism in secret. In due time, the Christians caught on to these phony conversions and decided to root out the heretics"

    http://www.aish.com/literacy/jewishhistory/Crash_Course_in_Jewish_History_Part_48_-_The_Inquisition.asp
     
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    She wasn't saying the event was fiction, but that the account she read was fictionalized.

    There can be no doubt that the Reconquista was accomplished with brutality.
     
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    Thanks rsr!

    It was a real event. The book I read was historical fiction based on that very real event. It was called The Last Jew. The events were facsinating and appalling.
     
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    Thanks for the name of the book I will see if I can find it.
     
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    I haven't read it but came across it at a used bookstore in Knoxville and was interested to see that it seems to be the same Benjamin Netanyahu who used to be PM of Israel.
     
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    That definately sparks my interest. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Interestingly I just ran a search on half.com and found the 1995 hardback for $4.76 plus shipping suddenly I think I can afford it. :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    From what I've seen online, it seems to be Benzion Netanyahu, the former MP's father.
     
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    Stefan, you may be right, but I thought I remembered seeing it as Benjamin in the copy I saw.
     

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