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The Cartographer 1492: 1492 Paperback – March 19, 2016
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Masterfully done, weaving in the history of the Columbus voyage straight from his journals, then adding in the Spanish Inquisition with all its insanity, and combining it with a truly wonderful adventure and love story. Hats off to Dr. Seiden. --John Craig
You told Columbus' greatest secret! Great book - lots of wonderful complicated story and plot twists. Great fiction, great history, great book! --EJ Thornton, best-selling author
Masterfully done, weaving in the history of the Columbus voyage straight from his journals, then adding in the Spanish Inquisition with all its insanity, and combining it with a truly wonderful adventure and love story. Hats off to Dr. Seiden. --John Craig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Interested in history as the background for his novels, Othniel Seiden became fascinated with fifteenth century Spain, the Inquisition and its influence on the Columbus voyage west. The circumference of the earth had been brilliantly calculated centuries before Columbus' time. This sea captain, geographer and adventurer was well aware of that and the distance to China by traveling east. He thus had to know there wasn't any ship in those days that could have carried sufficient supplies to have traveled the great distance to China sailing west. Delving further into Columbus charade, Dr. Seiden saw the beginnings of a historical novel which began to weave together the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition, burning Christians at the stake, expelling Moslems and Jews from Spain in 1492 and how these events influenced and brought about the greatest voyage in history. Beginning with the planned of the voyage in spite of opposition by the all powerful Church and Inquisition the story takes you into the everyday life of that horrible time. Convincing the Royal Couple, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to sponsor this voyage of exploration against the wishes of the Inquisitor was a fascinating plot in itself. The story of the voyage to the New World is taken from Columbus own ships log. After reaching the Indies and the sinking of his flagship the Santa Maria, Columbus' most harrowing adventures were just beginning... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
Never before had I thought of how the Inquisition was taking place at the SAME exact time. It truly played a huge part in how Columbus had to hide what was common knowledge to sea Captains and map makers.. and men of science. BUT.. the church was at war with science and doing it's durndest.. to "save" the souls of men and women who were educated.
I love how the story weaves around a noble man.. the young noble widow to whom he's falling in love with.. and her loyal servant. The characters are so well fleshed out.. that when they're arrested by the Catholic Church.. you're heart just takes a jump.. praying for their safety! lol There are only a few characters in the story that are fictional. The rest are all VERY real.. and played such a huge part of mankind's exploration in the west.. in spite of the efforts of a Church.. that wanted nothing more than seized riches and to control the population through fear.
I also learned much about Jewish history that was unknown to me. Found it rather interesting that Columbus himself.. may have had to hide the fact.. that he was Jewish. The date of August 2nd is very important in the Jewish faith. It truly does add to the mystery.. that Columbus fasted on that day.. did NOT sail out of harbor until August 3rd, 1492. The fact that Spain ordered ALL of Jewish descent to be out of Spain by August 2nd, 1492 was also unknown to me.
The author does a wonderful job describing life on board a ship! I had assumed that Columbus purchased his ships. NOPE. They were leased by the Royal family.. who wanted more lands and gold to be claimed in THEIR name. Tis' sad.. that Columbus's homeland's King opted NOT to finance the journey. You also learn a bit about VD.. and how it was brought back from the islands to Europe by the men who sailed with Columbus.. as well as the few Indians he brought back with him.
I don't want to spoil the book.. but, omg!!!!! It's one.. that I highly recommend to anyone that loves history.. AND adventure!
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As the story moves along, you set sail with Columbus on the first voyage of exploration to the new world. The main character Jacob of course made the charts that documented the voyage of exploration. All in all, it was interesting to see the voyage from the point of view of the crew members. It made the history come alive for me in ways that it hasn't really before. From my point of view, it has been very extensively researched and it's extremely well written. In some ways the style is somewhat reminiscent of Sharon Kay Penman's. Yes, if you're into history I highly recommend this book as it will bring it to life for you.
This is history, yet it is not fact, as conversations are included which the author could not possibly have known. It is history with a spin for interest.