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An everyday for peasants living on the Spanish coast becomes much more when Dante’s desperate attempt to save his sister, Revela, casts their lives into an adventure of escape to new lands. They flee the family farm to journey in different directions pursued by Ygnacio de Silva, a psychotic incarnation of medieval ethics and the Spanish Inquisition.
It is August 3,1492, Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain to the New World, AND it is the final day to comply with the King of Spain’s edict expelling all non-Catholics under pain of death, thus the beginning the Jewish Diaspora. Was that a coincidence?
August 3, the Ninth of Av in the Hebrew calendar, a date burned in world history as the ports of Spain teem with escaping Jewish and Muslim families. Just who was on that boat when it left the Spanish port of Palos de la Frontera?
The Canary Connection unfolds during this intriguing concurrence when Spain epitomizes intolerance, torture, and death. Dante and Revela join a group of Jewish exiles escaping the Inquisition and seeking refuge in the Canary Islands. Their lives entwine with key players of this archival moment, kings and queens, women and men of consequence and vision. World characters are presented with distinctive personalities and unique motivations, as those portrayed in Mantel’s English history of Wolf Hall. The story boasts a new perspective that brings the past to life and confronts monumental issues that revolutionize mankind.