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The Cartographer ~ 1492 (The Jewish History Novel Series) [Kindle Edition]

Othniel J. Seiden

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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 to endure during that horrific time in history. The details of Columbus' epic voyage were researched meticulously using Columbus' personal journal.

Othniel Seiden takes you on the voyage itself, beyond the discoveries through the fears, victories and superstitions of the adventurers of that era into the humanity of all souls encountered on the journey.

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This is just one of many books in the Jewish History Novel Series by Othniel J. Seiden


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Books To Believe In (Feb. 27 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017WS2NW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you did NOT learn in school about Columbus! May 18 2012
By Mamabear Cherei - Published on Amazon.com
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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 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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the author of Thunder Struck Hero Oct. 1 2011
By eric seiden co author of THUNDER STRUCK HERO - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been numerous debates over the validity and history of Christopher Columbus. Othniel Seiden writes in such a way that it offers a very compelling and fresh angle to this world explorer. I recommend this book to anyone with a love for history and exploration.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging history. Feb. 4 2012
By Brian Bigelow - Published on Amazon.com
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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 prison scenes were very accurately portrayed and I hate to say it but I could see myself in that prison cell.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical facts presented in an entertaining way. Jan. 12 2013
By Yoseph - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very interesting historical novel. The author did a nice job of putting the facts of Jewish history of the era into an entertaining format. It's not written on a very high level so I feel it would be a great teen read, even good for a Jewish school library, if it wasn't for explicit sexual scenes. Too bad. It is a great story that would stand on it's own without the totally unnecessary sex.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 8 2013
By Chris gallant - Published on Amazon.com
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Great characters, well written, fast paced. I loved it! And learned a lot about the Inquistion and even Jewish history.

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