Soul of Toledo

Soul of Toledo

by Edward D. Webster

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Overview

Thirty years before the Spanish Inquisition, the seeds of hatred have sprouted in Castile. Suspicions fester. Rage churns beneath the surface. Viçente Pérez-a man who wields enviable power but harbors a shameful past-is the only one who can keep the tension from exploding out of control.

As the Christian son of secret Jews, Viçente is in a hopeless position-charged with keeping the peace, but always suspected by the city's Old Christians, unwilling but duty-bound to help the increasingly persecuted Jews, and to aid his king whose rule is threatened.

When Viçente crosses the ruthless, power-hungry lawyer Marcos García de Mora, he makes a formidable enemy. García's plan: to rally the common men, attack Jews, and purify Toledo by purging suspected heretics-the Christian descendants of Jews, converts like Viçente.

As war breaks out between the king and his cousins, and García and his madmen rise to power in Toledo, Viçente falls in love with the mysterious Francesca and finds himself faced with impossible choices: love or duty, respect or intolerance, reverence or disdain for his ancestry.

From the courts of kings in Naples and Castile to the chambers of Pope Nicholas and the torture cellars of Toledo, this gripping novel brings to life an era of little-known history in fifteenth-century Spain, a time when a rogue inquisition threatened to destroy the very soul of Toledo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997032000
Publisher: Dream House Press
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Edward D. Webster is the author of an eclectic collection of books as well as articles appearing in publications such as The Boston Globe and Your Cat magazine. Ed admits to a fascination with unique, quirky, and bizarre human behavior, and he doesn't exempt himself from the mix. His acclaimed memoir, A Year of Sundays (Taking the Plunge and our Cat to Explore Europe) shares the eccentric tale of his yearlong adventure in Europe with his spirited, blind wife and headstrong, deaf, sixteen-year-old cat.

In his historical novel, Soul of Toledo, about Spain in the 1440s, the diabolical nature of mankind stands out as madmen take over the city of Toledo and torture suspected Jews thirty years before the Spanish Inquisition.

Webster also likes to tinker with fictional characters, putting strange people together to see what they'll do with/to each other. He is the author of the novel The Gentle Bomber's Melody, in which a nutty woman, bearing a stolen baby, lands on the doorstep of a fugitive bomber hiding from the FBI. The result: irresistible insanity.

From the happily unusual of A Year of Sundays to the cruelly perverse in Soul of Toledo, Webster shines a light on offbeat aspects of human nature. Webster lives in Southern California with his divine wife and two amazing cats.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Soul of Toledo by Edward Webster is set in Toledo almost 30 years before the Spanish Inquisition. The story recounts little known facts about the time when Toledo was almost destroyed by a madman and his minions. The plot centers around Viçente Pérez, a converted Christian whose parents are still Jews. He is a man of great power and he may be the only person who can stop the current tension and help people find peace in these troubled times. The Jews are being persecuted, but Viçente has to keep the peace, help the king, and, at the same time, make the Old Christians believe him somehow. Power-hungry lawyer Marcos García de Mora wants to purge Toledo of Jews and their presence. And when Vicente and Marcos cross paths, only one of them can come out of this as victorious; the other has to perish. Soul of Toledo has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time, but I finally found time to read it. I always love novels that have a strongly researched material and Soul of Toledo is one of them. It is fascinating to learn about Toledo and its history. I loved, loved, loved Edward Webster's descriptions and how he explained the imagery around Viçente. Viçente is such a strong human character. That is right, he is not an epic hero, but a human who falls in love and makes mistakes. A well-researched and well-developed novel. This is definitely one that I will read again.