The Inquisitor's Wife

The Inquisitor's Wife

A Novel of Renaissance Spain

By Jeanne Kalogridis

Griffin, Paperback, 9780312675462, 366pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Description

From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of "The Borgia Bride "and "The Scarlet Contessa, " comes a tale of love, loss and treachery set during the perilous days of the Spanish Inquisition

1481 Seville: The Inquisition makes its first appearance in Spain. Its target: "conversos, " Christians of Jewish descent specifically those who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. The penalty for "crypto-Judaism": Burning at the stake.

Marisol Garcia, a young "conversa," is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her. But she still yearns for the childhood love who abandoned her four years earlier, and she's shocked when he reappears suddenly at her wedding.

When her father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people. After becoming a favorite of the ruthless Queen Isabella, Marisol discovers a dangerous secret about her former lover, Antonio, and finds herself trapped in a life-threatening web of intrigue. As the Inquisition's snares tighten around her, Marisol's love for Antonio and loyalty to her Jewish family is tested as never before

"The Inquisitor's Wife" reveals the real motivation behind the Inquisition, a frank glance at a "saintly" queen, and the struggles of a maligned people against crushing forces.



About the Author
Jeanne Kalogridis lives with her partner on the West Coast, where they share a house with two dogs. She is the author of "The Borgia Bride, The Scarlet Contessa, The Devil s Queen", and other dark fantasy and historical novels. Born in Florida, Kalogridis has a B.A. in Russian and a master s in linguistics, and taught English as a second language at The American University for eight years before retiring to write full-time.


Praise For The Inquisitor's Wife

"Dark and majestic . . . Kalogridis deftly illuminates the complexities of the era, while exploring ageless themes of love, loyalty, betrayal and sacrifice. A suspenseful story and a sympathetic heroine make the reader’s heart both pound and break—remarkable!" —Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl

Praise for The Borgia Bride:
“From sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages.” —Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl on The Borgia Bride

“Entertaining.” —USA Today on The Borgia Bride