Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross [NOOK Book]

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In the year 1731, three Franciscan missions are struggling to establish themselves on the San Antonio River despite Apache raids. The story explores a crucial time in San Antonio history, featuring courageous settlers, missionaries, Indian converts and fierce Apache attacks.

Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross by Florence Byham Weinberg is an Award-Winning Finalist in two categories for the 2007 New Mexico Book Awards, Historical Fiction and Best ...
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Overview

In the year 1731, three Franciscan missions are struggling to establish themselves on the San Antonio River despite Apache raids. The story explores a crucial time in San Antonio history, featuring courageous settlers, missionaries, Indian converts and fierce Apache attacks.

Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross by Florence Byham Weinberg is an Award-Winning Finalist in two categories for the 2007 New Mexico Book Awards, Historical Fiction and Best Book on Southwest and a 2006 WILLA Literary Award finalist in the category of historical fiction.
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Anne K. Edwards
This is a tale I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It offers a look at several conflicts that would have occurred during this period between cultures and the individuals from those cultures. Talented author, Florence Byham Weinberg has created a wonderfully lifelike cast of characters with definite personalities who will pull you into their world and make you believe it could have happened exactly like this.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000097137
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in the high desert country of New Mexico, Florence loved exploring the wilderness on foot and horseback. Those grandiose landscapes formed her sensibility. Hidden pockets of unexpected greenery tucked away near springs in folds of barren mountainsides spoke to her of gentleness and beauty in an otherwise harsh world. She published her first poem in a children's magazine shortly after she learned to read at age four; wrote her first 'novel' at age six, entitled Ywain, King of All Cats. She illustrated the 'book' herself.

Before settling in San Antonio, Texas, she traveled extensively with her military family during World War II. With her husband, the brilliant scholar and teacher Kurt Weinberg, she worked and traveled in Canada, Germany, France, and Spain. After earning her PhD, she taught for twenty-two years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and for ten at Trinity University in San Antonio. She published four scholarly books, many articles and book reviews, doing research in the U.S. and abroad.

When, after retiring in 1999, she was freed from academe to devote herself to writing fiction, she produced ten novels, ranging from fantasy to historical romance and mystery. Seven are in print: one historical romance about the French Renaissance, published in France in French translation, two historical novels, one about the founding of San Antonio, the other about the second expedition up the Rio Grande in 1581, forty years after Coronado. In addition, she has published four historical mysteries, starring the eighteenth-century Jesuit missionary Fr. Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn, two set in the Sonora Desert, one in an ancient monastery in Spain, and the latest one, Unrest in Eden, the fourth volume of the Pfefferkorn mystery series, recounting events in Fr. Ignaz' life after his release from imprisonment in the Spanish monastery.

Her favorite animals are horses—an intense love affair over many years—and cats, her constant companions. She enjoys music, traveling, hiking, biking, gardening, riding and swimming.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross

    Something different and something definitely worth reading. A tale of two people from two cultures that dominated the American southwest at the time that Spain lay claim to it. Ahuila, an Apache woman, comes into contact with the Franciscan monks who are working to establish new missions in her tribe's territory. She is drawn in particular to one called Fray Marcos because of his golden hair. Hiding her identity, she joins the group and watches him and bides her time. She plans to offer him as a sacrifict to her father's spirit. Fray Marcos was a former member of a minor aristocratic family until he felt the call to serve God. Much against his family's wishes, he joined the Franciscans and was sent to serve in the Spanish territories in the New World. He notices Ahuila watching him and begins to worry about his own feelings the could force him out of his Brotherhood. This is a tale I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It offers a look at several conflicts that would have occurred during this period between cultures and the individual from those cultures. Talented author Florence Byham Weinberg has created a wonderfully lifelike cast of characters with definite personalities who will pull you into their world and make you believe it could have happened exactly like this. I'm glad I had the chance to read and recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Riveting novel of historical fiction

    'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross' is riveting novel of historical fiction about a Franciscan Friar, Fray Marcos, and an Apache woman warrior, Ahuila. Set in the area of the San Antonio River in 1731, this tale of both the clash and attraction of two cultures is sure to transport its readers. Author Florence Weinberg is writing in her element, which includes a vast and studied background history of the American Southwest, particularly the San Antonio area. She has also taught and traveled in Canada, Germany, France and Spain, in addition to teaching French and Spanish at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N. Y., and Trinity University in San Antonio. The complexity of the underlying cultures, both Native American, (multi tribal including Apache, Comanches, and others), and European (including French and Spanish influences), is fully explored in this well- researched historical novel. Characters are more than believable, there is a fascinating love story, and action is packed with portent. If you like historical novels, you will love 'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross.' But even more, if you appreciate a fine historical novel built on absolutely faultless research, 'Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross' will draw you in as surely as a hummingbird is drawn to its blossom. This is a fine example of the genre, one of the best of its kind. In addition, the reading of this book will help to preserve Las Misiones, a group of four colonial era Spanish mission churches in San Antonio built during the 18th century. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the book go to Las Misiones Capital Campaign, led by Old Spanish Missions, Inc. to restore the churches of Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, and Mission San Juan. A form for voluntary donations is found at the end of the book, or those who are interested may contact Las Misiones Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 28410, San Antonio, TX 78228.

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