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The Cartographer -1492

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Review: Fascinating historic Jewish novel explores the secret spiritual life of Christopher Columbus!

1492:The Spanish Inquisition, Christians burned at the stake, Muslims and Jews expelled from Spain and the Columbus expedition...

This historical novel takes you into the lives of everyday Christians, Muslims, Jews and secret Jews of ancient Spain explaining what they had

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Books To Believe In (first published February 1st 2008)
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Jan 28, 2012 Jean rated it liked it
The other story of 1492, this is an account of the Spanish Inquisition, interwoven with the Columbus expedition.
Dec 11, 2012 William rated it it was ok
I thought the dialogue was very poorly written almost comic book level. The story was a bit naive also. Jewish based theme. I had a bit of struggle to get through it.
May 18, 2012 Cherei rated it it was amazing
I'm an avid reader and lover of history. I learned SO much from 'The Cartographer ~ 1492' about the very real problems that existed around the same time that Columbus was trying to raise the funds to sail west.

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 durndes
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Feb 04, 2012 Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing
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I just finished this book today, I just love history and historical fiction though so this is my kind of book. I find it a very interesting read based on where Columbus got his information from so that he could "discover" the new world. There has been much conjecture among scholars where it had came from, one of the many theories have been given life in this book. Also the inquisition is interwoven throughout the story which it was happening in real life at that time in Spain. I felt that the ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Ignorance and intolerance are a bad combination and in The Cartographer we see humanity at it's worse
as science and religion clash in 15th century Spain. The Inquisition is gaining strength, the Muslims have
fled or been killed, the Jews are expelled, and in these turbulent times Christopher Columbus sails west
discovering and claiming new lands for the Spanish crown.

Sex: mostly verbal and romantic
Violence: mostly verbal
Language: a few salty sayings used by sailors
Feb 11, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
Three stars for the concept behind the book, and the amount of research that obviously went into it. Loving historical fiction, and being very interested in the possibilities of an alternate Columbus history, this was a must-read for me. It was a quick read as well, which was another good thing as it never did reach its potential in terms of the writing. I can see this story being elaborated upon and becoming a movie with the proper people in place to take it up a few levels.
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loved learning about Jews and the Inquisition! interesting to read about Columbus' famous voyages from this point of view. found many spelling and grammatical errors. kept my attention the whole time and I appreciated that the author didn't over-describe or introduce too many superfluous characters.
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I was lucky even to make it through....
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