Fray Tomás de Torquemada, inquisitor general from 1478 to 1498, represents all the vices that the Black Legend attributes to the Spanish. Fanatic, traitor, cruel, ignorant … Adjectives are never high enough when describing a character that, as researcher Iván Vélez has discovered in “Torquemada: El Gran Inquisidor” (The Sphere of Books), nobody has bothered to record. Neither his supporters, if he had them, nor his enemies, who have them in abundance, have entertained in supporting with data and facts their value judgments about this Dominican whose biography for six centuries has passed more through fiction than through fiction. history. «They realize in my editorial that … See More.