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The Resource The devils of Cardona, by Matthew Carr, (text large print)

The devils of Cardona, by Matthew Carr, (text large print)

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The devils of Cardona
Title
The devils of Cardona
Statement of responsibility
by Matthew Carr
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Language
eng
Summary
Depicting a 16th-century Spain rife with zealotry and Machiavellian scheming, Carr's fiction debut is a satisfying effort. Carr (Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain) is an expert on the region's history of religious tensions and puts that knowledge to good use here. The novel begins with the gruesome murder of a lecherous priest in Aragon, a mountainous territory in northeastern Spain. Though the inhabitants of Aragon "like to run their affairs without interference from the Crown," the Spanish king appoints a special justice, Bernardo de Mendoza, to investigate. Mendoza quickly assembles his team, two seasoned soldiers and a young page in his care, who throughout their inquiry contend with a host of unsavory characters: mountain bandits; an ambitious and villainous priest of the Inquisition; a nobleman attempting to strong-arm the widowed Countess of Cardona into marrying his depraved son; and finally a shadowy figure, the Redeemer, executing a series of heinous crimes supposedly in support of Spain's Moriscos, Muslims who converted, often with little choice, to Christianity. The murdered priest is the first of many victims, but with each new atrocity the Redeemer's motivation becomes harder to divine. All the elements for a spine-tingling thriller are here, though Carr doesn't quite generate the expected drama in the progression of the mystery or its solution. The occasionally wooden dialogue ("You will explain yourself to me, villain") doesn't help either. Still, the novel has its redeeming qualities, not the least of which is a masterly recreation of a fascinating era. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
When the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a tiny village in Aragon, is murdered in his church, King Philip II sends magistrate Bernardo Mendoza to investigate and defuse a tense situation. Not only are most of Belamar's inhabitants Moriscos -- Muslims converted to Catholicism -- they're also being stirred to revolt against the Crown by a religious reformer known as the Redeemer. Set in 16th-century Spain, this atmospheric and richly detailed novel presents a dramatic tale of murder and vengeance, while exploring the thorny political, religious, and cultural issues of the period. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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10507070
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DLC
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1955-
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Carr, Matthew
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6103.A7273
LC item number
D49 2016b
Literary form
fiction
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  • Clergy
  • Murder
  • Inquisition
  • Spain
Target audience
adult
Label
The devils of Cardona, by Matthew Carr, (text large print)
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
663 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410495815
Lccn
2016042255
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 958422253
  • (OCoLC)958422253
Label
The devils of Cardona, by Matthew Carr, (text large print)
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
663 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410495815
Lccn
2016042255
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 958422253
  • (OCoLC)958422253

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