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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

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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

I haven't ever added a review before now, but this book is an incredible story of faith, love, and sacrifice. I've re-read it multiple times over the years and highly recommend it for all Christians. How will your faith stand under persecution? When the Spanish Inquisition comes after them, two brot

A powerful story that's well worth the read.

I really enjoyed this book! Very well written and exciting premise!

I loved following Carlos's spiritual journey of finding Christ and his salvation and I liked how Alcock incorporated real life people into Carlos's spiritual development. I thought that the closeness between him and his brother Juan

"His face was sad; it would be a sad face always; but there was in it a look as of one who saw the end, and who knew that, however dark the way might be, the end was light everlasting."

'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.

A novel of the Spanish Inquisition. While the main characters are fictional, this whole book is populated with people who really lived and the events through which they suffered. This isn't a book to read for fun, but it's one from which I walk away awed, convicted, and inspired.

Beautiful, beautiful story. I cried and laughed for joy as I read it, and almost sang aloud during some moments--though they would seem to be the saddest of all. Though the writing is in older English with a style that would scarcely be published today (Alcock seems to not be familiar with the phras

The book starts slow as you get use to the old writing style but develops into an incredible story set in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. The story demonstrates the power of God's word to transform the heart and provide comfort even in the midst of terrible persecution. This a must read to cat

"El Dorado
Yo hé trovado."

Carlos and Juan Alvarez de Santillanos y Menaya are the noble but impoverished sons of the father who scratched that message in the glass of a window in the family castle. The father went missing soon after, presumed dead.

The brothers vow to seek him in the New World when

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