Soul of Toledo (Paperback)

By Edward D. Webster

Dream House Press, 9780997032000, 482pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2016



Thirty years before the Spanish Inquisition, the seeds of hatred have sprouted in Castile. Suspicions fester. Rage churns beneath the surface. Vicente Perez-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, Vicente 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 Vicente crosses the ruthless, power-hungry lawyer Marcos Garcia de Mora, he makes a formidable enemy. Garcia's plan: to rally the common men, attack Jews, and purify Toledo by purging suspected heretics-the Christian descendants of Jews, converts like Vicente. As war breaks out between the king and his cousins, and Garcia and his madmen rise to power in Toledo, Vicente 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.

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.