1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point

1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point

by Newton Frohlich

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1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point by Newton Frohlich

“Captivating, extraordinarily vivid.” —Publishers Weekly

“Rollicking, readable, and fascinating." —St. Louis Dispatch

“Shows a fine gift for storytelling..." —Booklist

1492 is a novel. And a very fine one….Impressive scholarship supports Frohlich’s fiction.”—National Catholic Reporter

Fifteenth-century Spain was a terrifying place. It was the time of the Inquisition—a time of torture, betrayal, and unexpected courage. The Muslim world was struggling to keep the West in an economic vise, the Christian world was fighting back against their control of its trade routes, and the Jews were caught in the middle—tortured if they assimilated, expelled or killed if they clung to their heritage. Into this turbulent scene step a unique combination of strong-willed characters, brought to life with stunning realism by award-winning novelist Newton Frohlich.

Cristoforo Colombo, ingenious sailor and explorer with one foot in the Jewish world and one in the Christian, is determined to reach the East via the West—if only he can find a way to finance his voyage. His Christian wife, Filipa, offers him social acceptance and valuable contacts while the beautiful and talented Beatriz rekindles in him the spark of his true identity—one he’s been forced to hide. The influential Santangel family, converted Christians, risk their fortunes to finance the voyage of discovery—and risk their lives when they resist the Inquisition. And the imperious Queen lsabel, who holds the power to change all of their lives, must choose at last whether to sponsor the grand scheme set before her.

A vivid tapestry of passion and political intrigue, fanaticism and economic ambition, 1492 depicts a crucial moment in world history—with sobering parallels to today—when human tragedy and human triumph were inextricably intertwined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996048453
Publisher: Blue Bird Press
Publication date: 10/10/2016
Edition description: New Revised Edition
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 818,296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Newton Frohlich is the author of the award-winning novel “The Shakespeare Mask,” “1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point,” and “Making the Best of It: A Common-Sense Guide to Negotiating a Divorce.” A former lawyer in Washington, D.C, he now makes his home on Cape Cod with his wife.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Revised Edition xi

Book 1 Isabel 1

Book 2 Filipa 55

Book 3 East Wind 101

Book 4 Six Parts Land, One Part Water 153

Book 5 Beatriz 225

Book 6 Susana 289

Book 7 Jerusalem 337

Epilogue 385

Author's Note 389

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1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Whether you’re a fan of history presented precisely as it was or more engaged with a revisionist or reinterpreted depiction of history, you will be fascinated by this story of the forces impressing upon Queen Isabella of Spain, Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo as he is called herein, the infamous Torquemada who headed the Inquisition, the Santangel banking family and the Arab rulers vying for ways to hold onto Spain and other European areas. It’s a terrible time for Columbus to be seeking funds for his plan to travel the seas on a new route to discover new lands with new treasure. He’s got one foot in Christianity as a converted Jew and one foot in the old Jewish world of his origins. For Isabella is convinced that it is the presence of Jews that is bringing a curse upon her nation and so is conducting a campaign to arrest, torture and kill all Jews, even the converted ones whom she believes are actually still conducting their Jewish customs in secret. Rewards are dispensed for those who spy and report on secret Jews and this in turn sets off a flurry of “mob mentality” behavior where jealousy spawns reporting of Jewishness so that lands and monies may be claimed as a reward. Muslim leaders attack Spain with astonishing brutality and lack of mercy. However, Arab leaders do not trust each other and even begin to fight against each other. This lack of unity will prove to be their undoing in spite of random victories. The decimation of the Jewish population is believed to be a sign of victory over the Muslims and indeed one wonders how the two are tied together, if at all. The Santangel family has Jewish origins but are so necessary to the financial health of the Spanish kingdom that more attention is paid to the family’s remarkable skills in investment and savings. One son in particular doesn’t understand this and so he becomes a viable threat to the family and therefore kingdom’s prosperity. Christopher Columbus’ wife, Filipa, brings him contacts and connections that will eventually finance his famous journey to the New World. Although he will become a rich man, he cannot deny his Jewish background enhanced by his friendship with Beatriz. It’s a thin line between the two worlds but one Colombo masters and which parallels the lives of far too many conversos in 15th Century Spain. Newton Frohlich has crafted a dynamic, exciting, tension-filled novel about this paramount period of European history, a frenetic journey that was to shape not only the time covered in this novel but the future of Europe and the New World. Well done, indeed, and highly recommended historical fiction!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting novel that tells what happens in Spain during the years leading up to When Christopher Columbus sails to the Americas. This is about how Christopher Columbus finally gets the right to try to find his way west to get to the East. How did Isabel live with herself when she okayed the Inquisition. I enjoyed reading this book. i received a copy of this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion.