Estefan, more than any other man, had witnessed the chancellor's struggle, taken pride in his precarious triumphs, cringed before the demons that haunted both their lives. Beside him shuffled Abram Serero, shorter than Santángel, with rounded shoulders, a thick chest, and a close copper-red beard. One of the many reasons why I enjoyed this book so much was that it actually made me think. As her fortunes rise and fall, she continues to adjust her plans accordingly. Mitchell James Kaplan has effectively written a powerful story that I will always remember.
Ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu, dibarnu dofi, hevinu. It's a matter of emphasis. Insights and philosophies into the Jewish and Christian faiths and the details of old Jewish texts were very enlightening and I felt like I came away with a lot and I always love that! If you like historical novels, this is for you. He is careful for his family's sake, as he has a son and a close cousin to care for. I totally enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from this amazing writer. He had cautioned Luis about the perils of their secret identity.
Within the dramatic story lies a subtle, insightful examination of the crisis of faith at the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. JewishBook: From Nycbook jbcbooks What was your experience writing the internal narrative Torquemada? We see a man troubled by the inequities of events, who, as part of the power structure, is facing a larger struggle of conscience. The heat brought beads of sweat to her face. Baba Shlomo held it to his cheek. I'd heard about the Spanish Inquisition, of course, but I hadn't really thought about who might have been targeted.
When Ysabel finds out about a spurious anti-Christian manuscript entitled Toledoth Yeshu, she is led to an act of intolerance—the expulsion of all Jews from the kingdom—that rivals the cross-examinations and tortures of the Inquisition. Christopher Columbus has plans to discover a route to paradise, and only Luis de Santángel can help him. As a Catholic, I was deeply saddened to learn the truth of the persecution of the Jewish and Muslim faiths. The Burton Review Rating: Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. I am saddened that many millions of schoolchildren like myself are fed such grandiose ideas about King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella when they are taught about Christopher Columbus sailing the ocean blue as opposed to exploitation.
Feeding his curiosity about his past is his growing love for Judith Migdal, a clever and beautiful Jewish woman navigating the mounting tensions in Granada. It was basically a crime to have any Jewish artifacts if you called yourself Christian, and being overly familiar with those of the Jewish faith was also a reason for suspicion. None can compare with the power and beauty of By Fire, By Water. He opened a door into a cramped cell where Luis de Santángel's brother Estefan --- his brother who was not, in truth, his brother --- lay on the dirt floor, a gaunt and squalid heap. In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life. Letter writing, transcription, and written history play an enormous part in the novel. But he is from a family of conversos, and his Jewish heritage makes him an easy target.
Judith skimmed them off with a stick. Luis de Santángel gathered his reeking, emaciated brother into his arms and rocked him gently. I was very impressed with her. I really lost myself in the descriptions and dramas that unfolded and found myself thinking about the book during times when I wasn't reading it. Recipient of the Independent Publishers Award for Historical Fiction Gold Medal , the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Historical Fiction Bronze Medal , and an honorable mention in the category of General Fiction for the Eric Hoffer Award.
Irresolvable conflict rages within the conversos in By Fire, By Water, torn between the religion they left behind and the conversion meant to ensure their safety. But he is from a family of conversos, and his Jewish heritage makes him an easy target. No need to enter me, as I already have a copy, but I'm so glad you stopped by my blog to let me know about your giveaway. Its roots stretched deep into the soil of an ancient faith. You know I won this from another blog, sent my physical address and never recieved it. What compels Santángel to learn about the Jewish faith? The two waited more than an hour before meeting with the queen and Hernando de Talavera. This book is a gem; meticulously researched, but written in such a fashion that you are drawn in almost from the first.
In what ways do characters use written communication to help them? The main characters of this historical, historical fiction story are ,. In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life. What kind of trust do the characters have in God? Deftly moves through a complex web of personal relationships, religious zeal and political fervor. Christopher Columbus has plans to discover a route to paradise, and only Luis de Santángel can help him. Behind her shoulder, through a wide entranceway framed by ornate columns, what he saw took his breath away.
The shape of the letters says almost as much as the words. Luis de Santangel, in spite of being a converso, was the chancellor of Aragon and a close confederate of King Ferdinand. . In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life. Author appearance Nov 14th at the Book Fair! Despite the unceasing brutality of their time, Kaplan's characters are shaded rather than all good or all evil. Thsi is not a 'feel good' book, but then how can we feel good when reading about such horrid happenings, especially in the name of God? The Genoese refused to show any reaction.
Images from the book found a place inside of my head and refused to come out. I'm still in awe that this is Kaplan's first novel. Those already familiar with this period will enjoy fleshing out their knowledge with the sights, sounds and, above all, intense emotions of the era. She turned to the recently installed Archbishop of Granada. I occasionally have this complaint about third person point of view, so this could just be me. A blanket dangled from the bed, a niche in the wall. And the pope even sanctioned the inquisition.