“Captivating, extraordinarily vivid.” Publishers Weekly
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“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 Inquisitiona 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 middletortured 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 Westif 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 identityone he’s been forced to hide. The influential Santangel family, converted Christians, risk their fortunes to finance the voyage of discoveryand 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 historywith sobering parallels to todaywhen human tragedy and human triumph were inextricably intertwined.
|Publisher:||Blue Bird Press|
|Edition description:||New Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
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
Author's Note 389
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.