THE FRANCISCAN by Forrester Blake


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This is an account of Padre Lorenzo de Escalona, Franciscan missionary to the frontiers of the Rio Grande del Norte in the 17th century, and his struggles to understand and bring together the ancient loyalties and passions of the Puebloans and the savage military tactics and alien culture of the conquering Spanish. The characters are believable (although they converse in a colloquial and faintly Hollywood-cadenced tongue) and they have some healthy things to say about the rights of conquered peoples. All in all, a readable, durable historical novel.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday