Martin Elsant

Award-winning Historical Fiction Author


About Martin Elsant

I am a retired radiologist currently living in Jerusalem, Israel. I’ve always had an interest in Jewish history.

When I was a teenager, I read the account of Diego Lopes in Cecil Roth’s History of the Marranos. I was fascinated by it and I never forgot it.

Fifty years later, I came across Miriam Bodian’s Dying in the Law of Moses. She had discovered the original 16th century Inquisition transcripts of Diego Lopes’ interrogation. When I read her description of those ancient records, I was shocked by what those Portuguese archives revealed, as well as by what they concealed. That’s when I felt compelled to write The Inquisition Trilogy, with Acts of Dreams as the concluding volume.