Denounced is the remarkable story of two men whose paths collide as the Holy Office clamps down on Protestantism and the illegal book trade in 16th-century Spain.
SPAIN, 1550s. In the bustling port city of Seville, Rodrigo is a qualifier for the Inquisition. His job, to evaluate books and testimony for the stain of Lutheranism. However, he guards a secret that the Holy Office does not know about… that is, until he is denounced as a heretic.
New to the city, Genoese merchant Domenico seeks a better life working for his rich and powerful uncle. Wanting to succeed and prove his worth, he takes on a risky business deal that pulls him into a clandestine network of book smugglers.
Set against the backdrop of the Counter Reformation, Denounced is the remarkable story of two men whose paths collide as the Holy Office clamps down on Protestantism and the illegal book trade in Spain.
Based on true events, this historically rich and tragic story brings to life an often overlooked period of religious persecution, suspicion, and paranoia during the Renaissance.
Advanced Praise for Denounced
“Faithful to both the spirit and the letter of the times.” – Guy Lazure, Associate Professor, University of Windsor
“Very interesting and thought provoking… any reader interested in Early Modern European history has the potential to find [Denounced] both entertaining and intellectually stimulating.” – Nicolás Vivalda, Associate Professor, Vassar College
Sibilant Press, 2017
Originally published under a pseudonym on 20 June 2017
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