Utande is a tiny hamlet of just 16 people in Guadalajara. An ancient hamlet, with an ancient church. And father & son team Salvador Taberno, both professional builders, were carrying out some volunteer repair work at the church when they discovered a false wall. Breaking it down, behind it, they discovered the most perfectly preserved 12th century Virgin Mary ever found.
Historian Toby Green brings a dark period of Spanish history to life in this well thought out book. Toby examines the reasons behind the Inquisition, the original “faceless bureaucracy”, and shows us how it started as a political entity designed to enforce the control of the Spanish kings over their newly conquered Moorish possessions (Andalusia, etc) before gradually becoming a tool of political oppression. Along the way, we delve into such byways as why the Continue reading Inquisition: The Reign of fear