BUT TIME AND CHANCE
The Story of Padre Martinez of Taos, 1793-1867
By Fray Angelico Chavez
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Fray Angelico Chavez, articulate and well-versed in New Mexicana, vividly records the life of the controversial Padre of Taos so that the reader gains full measure of his surroundings and of the times. Martínez was continually at the forefront of the public and political forums . . . a master of jurisprudence and canon law . . . a champion of the underdog. With the advent of Bishop Lamy, public attention became focused on these two dynamic personalities. Their philosophic differences ultimately led to Martínez' suspension and excommunication. Chavez was a curious and indefatigable researcher and he used these talents well while delving into the facts and legends surrounding Padre Martinez' "most poignant and colorful life-drama . . . a personality to be reckoned with, whether as hero or villain, or both." Readers will, at once, share with Chavez his absorption in this man and, "also wonder . . . how such a phenomenon could have sprouted and bloomed under the most adverse circumstances of time and place."
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