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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 ke ...more
Paperback, 482 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Dream House Press
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Melisende d'Outremer
This is a well-crafted tome - there is the human, historical and political element; the characters aren't perfect - they are flawed. The plot is engrossing, suspenseful and dramatic due - I am certain - to the research that went into the storyline (many events mentioned in the novel are based on real events). The narrative draws the reader into the everyday struggles of a persecuted group and you can't help but empathise.

I would put this on the same shelf as Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth"
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Geoffrey Nutting
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Really interesting historical novel about the Jews/Christians in Spain from ~1400-1480, told from the perspective of a converted Jew(converso) in Toledo, who at the time was important in the government of Toledo. You see how Spain was coming together as the country we know today (instead of Aragon & Castile and others). The story was a little long, with the bad guys winning a little too much for me in some places.
Edward
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Soul of Toledo by Edward Webster is set in Toledo almost 30 years before the Spanish Inquisition. The story recounts little known facts about the time when Toledo was almost destroyed by a madman and his minions. The plot centers around Viçente Pérez, a converted Christian whose parents are still Jews. He is a man of great power and he may be the only person who can stop the current tension and help people find peace in these troubled times. The Jew
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Deborah Kilduff
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical novel was set in Spain in the 1400s, before the Spanish Inquisition. I have read very little about this time and I found this story very informative. It was obvious that the author did much research on the subject. He effectively wound the fictional story of Viçente Pérez, who was a person of political prominence in Toledo during this time, with some characters who truly lived during this time period. The story of Viçente is interesting because he was so conflicted about who he w ...more
Katie
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Soul of Toledo, the city of Toledo is brimming with anger and suspicion, with powerful people both in religion and politics questioning anyone not viewed as true Christians. The book is set before the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition, and the circumstances of prejudice and hatred are creating a dangerous and deadly situation. Vicente Perez, a convert to Christianity with parents who secretly still practiced Judaic traditions, has grown up to be the city’s deputy, now in charge of keeping ...more
Rebecca
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweeping historical epic that highlights a little-known era: a rogue attempt to purge Jews and false Christians years before the Spanish Inquisition. Webster's characters are intriguing, relatable & flawed: Vicente, now the second-most-powerful man in Toldeo, hides as a shameful secret about his past; Marcos, ruthlessly ambitious with a dark past of his own; the mysterious Francesca, who enjoys the noble life at a king's palace in Naples, but lives under his thumb, too. What I love about t ...more
Melisende d'Outremer
This is a well-crafted tome - there is the human, historical and political element; the characters aren't perfect - they are flawed. The plot is engrossing, suspenseful and dramatic due - I am certain - to the research that went into the storyline (many events mentioned in the novel are based on real events). The narrative draws the reader into the everyday struggles of a persecuted group and you can't help but empathise.

see full review here @ Melisende's Library
John Motz
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite kind of historical fiction. It sets the stage by putting us in a fictional world that seems genuine and rich with details. Clearly Edward Webster has done his research. The hero, Vicente, is a real man, flawed in some ways but striving for the good. No superior powers here, but will power, wit and skill. The love between Vicente and Francesca again is real (not 'romancy' but romantic), tangible and inspiring. One of my favorite historical fiction reads.
Mg
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been always interested in this period of Spanish history. The book is well-written and the descriptions are good. However, it ultimately proved too slow-paced for me. I read through 30% on my Kindle and lost interest. I need something with more suspense or some element of mystery.
Denise
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Love historical fiction. Love how the characters are not that different from today's individuals. Was disappointed that the main male and female characters were left without a definite reunion. All left to assumption.
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Edward D. Webster has had an eclectic mixture of careers, ranging from teaching Navajo students to managing transit operations. And he’s the author of a diverse collection of books. Webster 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) shar ...more
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