Prisoner of the Inquisition
by Theresa Breslin (Author)
This is a very exciting read, set during the Spanish Inquisition. The opening scene propels the reader into a situation of conflict, in which the two main characters of the book are involved. Saulo, the son of a destitute man, watches as his father is condemned to be hanged by the magistrate Don Vincente Alonso Carbazon. The magistrate’s daughter Zarita mistakenly believes this man sought to attack her, linking Zarita and Saulo together in anguish, revenge, sorrow and eventually in joy and love.
The language and description of the times greatly adds to the authenticity of the story. The author cleverly weaves a separate life for Saulo, who is taken prisoner on a ship. He is eventually freed by the captain who recognises that he can read and write and longs for adventure. This is also the time of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, who is seeking help from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to travel to the new world which he believes he can discover. The greatest tension comes as the reader awaits the inquisition of Zarita who has been accused of heresy by the vile Father Besian.