Features: - Engaging biographies of famous and infamous figures in history - Sophisticated design will attract high-school and middle-school struggling readers, yet on-target reading level makes these books accessible to readers of all levels - Controlled vocabulary and sentence length make these books highly readable - Directly Correlated to Social Studies Standards for Middle and High School Students - Includes etchings, maps, photos, and primary source documents - Cool, digest-like trim size - Gripping, dynamic storytelling"
Enid A Goldberg
Brand: Franklin Watts
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is historically accurate about one of the most evil men in history. It has good descriptions about his life and his crimes. I recommend it for beginners.
This is a quick and very elementary read on the character who was the soul of the Spanish Inquisition. It is at most a high school overview of a moment of true evil in the history of Europe, a precursor to the evils of slavery and the Holocaust. It is always truly evil to view another human being or group of human beings as not worthy of humanity and kindness.
I have one compliment for "Tomas de Torquemada". Specifically: Given that the book is intended for young readers, and at the low price of $5.95, "Tomas de Torquemada" is handsomely put together. I was particularly impressed by the number and quality of artistic reproductions. I should add, in fairness, that the writing and the overall approach are anything but dumbed-down or condescending.
That being said.... I had good reason to suspect that Enid A. Golberg and Norman Itzkowitz's assessment of the much-maligned Torquemada would be part and parcel of the Black Legend. My reading confirmed that which I had anticipated.
On a micro level, I noted the number of risible and offensive statements. I'll provide a couple of examples, if I may. On page 14, the authors write: "A follower [of Christ] named Judas took a bribe from Jesus' Roman enemies." A ridiculous and futile attempt to whitewash the Jews; it was they, not the Romans, who paid Judas the 30 pieces...
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