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The Spanish Brothers

Deborah Alcock

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The daughter of a minister, Deborah Alcock wrote novels on a Christian theme. The Spanish Brothers is set in the sixteenth century and deals with Protestant martyrdom during the Spanish Inquisition. Follow the fortunes of brothers Juan and Carlos as they face the trials and pressures of remaining true to their faith despite hardship, imprisonment, torture and even the agonizing deaths of those dear to them.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Carlos started visibly. Was the man mad? Certainly not; as all his previous conversation bore witness. He was evidently a very clever, half-educated man, who spoke with just the simplicity and unconsciousness of an intelligent child. And now he had asked a true child's question; one which it would exhaust a wise man's wisdom to answer. Thoroughly perplexed, Carlos at last determined to take it in its easiest sense. He said, "Yes; I have studied theology, and taken out my licentiate's degree at the University of Alcala."

"If it please your worship, what may that fine word theology mean?"

"You have said so many wise things, that I marvel you know not. Science about God."

"Then, señor, your Excellency knows about God. But is it not another thing to know God? I know much about the Emperor Carlos, now at San Yuste; I could tell you the story of all his campaigns. But I never saw him, still less spoke with him. And far indeed am I from knowing . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Here is a vivid picture of believers feeling the effects of the early Reformation. Alcock's characters are believable, and we see the fear, the faith, the controversies, the danger, and the reality of forsaking all to follow Christ. We get to plumb the deep thoughts of believers as they wrestle with

A powerful story that's well worth the read.

'The Spanish Brothers' is a tender, encouraging tale of two brothers who are drawn into the Reformed faith during the Spanish Inquisition. One of the best books that I have EVER read.

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