Columbus: A Romance by Raphael Sabatini

By Raphael Sabatini

Set on the time of the invention of the recent global, this is often the awesome tale of Columbus’ affair with a mysterious Spanish girl – Beatriz Enriquez. Sabatini fantastically strains the process their romance and the kid that she bore him when additionally taking pictures the entire ardour of Columbus different fight – opposed to none except the King and Queen of Spain.

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Their Highnesses received Colon in a gracious chamber of the Alcazar, lighted by twin-arched windows and hung in the stamped and subtly coloured leather for which the Moors of Cordoba were famous, its marble floor spread with rich eastern rugs. Two ladies waited upon the Queen, standing behind her tall chair, the handsome young Marchioness of Moya and the Countess of Escalona. The King was attended by his Lord Chamberlain, Andross Cabrera, Marquis of Moya, of whom it was said that his goat’s eyes justified his name; by Don Luis de Santangel, the grey- bearded and benign Chancellor of Aragon; and by Hernando de Talavera, Prior of the Prado, a tall ascetic friar in the white habit and black cloak of a Hieronomite.

In matters of the spirit that may be true. ” “Then let me urge such evidence as exists. Storms blowing from the west have borne to the shores of Porto Santo oddly carved timbers that have never known the touch of iron, great pines such as do not grow in the Azores, and huge canes, so monstrous that they will hold gallons of wine in a single section. Some of these may be seen in Lisbon now, where they are preserved. And there is more. ” He paused a moment, as if collecting himself; actually, in order to observe his host.

His tone derided the suggestion. “This is but a stage in a new journey. I may stay some days there, with a relative of my wife, who is now in the peace of God. ” The Prior searched his memory. ” Frey Juan showed him a shocked countenance. ” “Worse. It is a blasphemy wrenched from me by impatience. Am I not named Cristobal? Is there no omen to hearten me in such a name? Cristobal. Christum ferens. Bearer of Christ. That is my mission. For that I was born. For that I am chosen. ” The Prior’s eyes were round with inquiry.

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