The Inquisitor's Wife

A Novel of Renaissance Spain

Jeanne Kalogridis

St. Martin's Griffin

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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.

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Seville, 1481
That was the story my mother Magdalena used to whisper in my ear every Friday after sunset when I was still willing to hear it. I was listening to her silent voice as my father led me toward the altar, over the worn black-and-white tile floors laid by the Mudejares, the Christian and Muslim artisans who had erected the cathedral, then a mosque, under Islamic rule. I looked at the building’s Moorish features—the arches within arches, the slender columns, the glazed tiles—and contemplated the golden, centuries-distant land of Sepharad.

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"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


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Jeanne Kalogridis

JEANNE KALOGRIDIS lives in California, where she shares a house with two dogs. She is the author of the critically acclaimed The Borgia Bride, and numerous other dark fantasy and historical novels.

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The Inquisitor's Wife
A Novel of Renaissance Spain
Jeanne Kalogridis

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312675462
ISBN10: 0312675461
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$15.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250040923
ISBN10: 1250040922
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$27.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250031518
ISBN10: 1250031516
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages
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