Columbus by Raphael Sabatini

By Raphael Sabatini

Set on the time of the invention of the hot international, this is often the impressive tale of Columbus’ affair with a mysterious Spanish woman – Beatriz Enriquez. Sabatini fantastically strains the process their romance and the kid that she bore him when additionally shooting all of the ardour of Columbus different fight – opposed to none except the King and Queen of Spain.

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The Franciscan’s words were in his memory: “The Queen, our wise and virtuous lady, has given heed to the prayer of this poor friar. ” It was an enheartening assurance, and for what depended upon himself Colon entertained no doubt. He would do himself the fullest justice, as Frey Juan should see. And so, when he was brought to audience in the Alcazar in the white city of Cordoba, it was no cringing supplicant that the Sovereigns beheld. Conscious that his russet doublet and the open mulberry surcoat with its hanging sleeves became him well, he bore himself with the swaggering confidence of one who is master of his fate.

And so, when he was brought to audience in the Alcazar in the white city of Cordoba, it was no cringing supplicant that the Sovereigns beheld. Conscious that his russet doublet and the open mulberry surcoat with its hanging sleeves became him well, he bore himself with the swaggering confidence of one who is master of his fate. Had the result depended upon the Queen alone, it might have followed quickly; for though a woman of much sense and calm judgment, she was still a woman, and so could hardly remain indifferent to the appeal of the dominant masculinity of this tawny-haired man with the eager, magnetic, youthful eyes and that power Las Casas mentions of commanding affection.

A lesser man, one more imbued with the respect of persons, would have been put out of countenance. Colon was merely spurred to a greater assurance. ” He could have said nothing better calculated to kindle enthusiasm in Queen Isabel and bring her under the spell of the magic that he used. But to the King it was almost a contradiction, a challenge. With a sceptical smile on his full lips he forestalled any answer from the Queen. ” Colon permitted himself to ask, but by answering at once let it be seen that the question was no more than rhetorical.

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