Image of The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain


Image of The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain

Kalogridis continues to focus on the Renaissance throughout Europe, moving from Italy to France and now Spain in an intriguing novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. As with all her novels, many dark corners of history are illuminated through her characters’ interaction with historical personages and actual events. History is as much a character as her hero and heroines, and readers are drawn into these intriguing tales through Kalogridis’ clean writing style.

In a time of turmoil and fear, Marisol Garcia, a conversa — a Jew whose family converted to Catholicism — is hastily wed to Gabriel, a young man working for the Inquisition, in hopes the marriage will keep her family safe. But when her father is arrested, tortured and burned in the first auto-da-fé, Marisol vows to fight the Inquisition. Meanwhile, her childhood sweetheart, Antonio, has returned to Seville as an arm of Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor. Soon Marisol uncovers Antonio’s secret: He is working to smuggle conversos out of Spain. She doesn’t realize her husband is planning to use her to lead him to Antonio and bring the Jews to their death. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, May, 366 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin