The Spanish Brothers is an accurate historical account of the rise, progress, and downfall of the Protestant Church in Spain. Especially may be mentioned the story of the two great Autos-da-fe (Acts of Faith – parade and execution of ‘heretics’) at Seville. Only what concerns the personal history of the brothers and their family is fiction.
But what is not fiction, but absolute truth, is that God repays His faithful servants a hundred-folds, even in this life, for anything they door suffer for His Name’s sake.
Deborah Alcock (1825–1913) is best known as the author of historical fiction on religious themes.She was born in Kilkenny, where her father, the Venerable John Alcock, became Archdeacon of Waterford. Unmarried, she lived with her father writing a memoir of him on his death. Her work The Spanish Brothers, published in 1870, was set in the 16th century and was a tale of Protestant martyrdom. Other work includes The Czar (1882), set during the French invasion of Russia; and Archie’s Chances (1886).