September 18, 2008
In the Garden of Iden, time travel is not just a means of transportation but a way to fix history. With the technology of time travel, the Company rescues children from various perils to become its agents or collectors of knowledge for the financial advancement of its Chief, Dr Zeus. This Dr Zeus has all the talents of a millionaire entrepreneur, but none of their vices: no greed, gambling, or any perversion towards women is present.
In the first 5 chapters, the girl Mendoza is kidnapped by Jews in Spain during the Middle Ages, almost put to death by the Spanish Inquisition and rescued by the Company. During her indoctrination, she meets other children who were also orphans or cannot locate their parents like her. They have all been rescued by the Company and sent to brain surgery to turn them into geniuses. They later meet Dr Zeus, are told of their mission of fixing history, and told to emulate great learned people such as: Dickens, Freud, etc. and to try to stay away from war and bloodshed. At the end of Chapter 6, the Mendoza girl is told about her mission: she will be one of the Inquisitors sent from Spain to England to help Queen Mary Stuart to turn her Kingdom Catholic, after nearly 2 generations of England been Protestant. The Mendoza girl has a very slight chance of succeeding at such an enterprise, and she also will be wearing a costume much hated and persecuted by King Edward, only male heir of King Henry VIII.
In Chapter 7, the Mendoza girl arrives to her native Spain and meets her fellow Inquisitors and company colleagues; they are all sent to England to convince the Queen and her subjects of the wisdom of the Catholic faith and to marry the Queen to Prince Philip II of Spain. The Mendoza girl is supposed to develop an exotic plant as a gift to the owner of the Garden of Iden.
Joseph, her Inquisitor company savior, hates religious fanatics, yet is accompanying a group of Catholic fanatics to convert an England all ready
Protestant by Henry VIII’s rule. Queen Mary, persecuted Protestants and burned them at the stake, and now with this marriage will make her rule stronger, to conquer Europe in the name of Catholicism. Unfortunately, she does not survive the shock of losing the battle of Calais to the French.
References: Garden of Iden by K Baker