Cathedral of the Sea

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Transworld, Dec 15, 2010 - Fiction - 752 pages

A masterful eipc of love, war, treason, plague, famine, witchcraft, anti-Semitism and the Inquisition.
14th-century Spain, the medieval city of Barcelona is enjoying a golden age of prosperity. Its humblest inhabitants are building, stone by stone, a magnificent church to overlook their harbour. This is the Cathedral of the Sea: a church to be built for the people by the people.
In its shadow, Arnau, a young serf on the run from his feudal lord, struggles to earn his freedom. After famine, plague and thwarted love, Arnau's fortunes begin to turn when King Pedro makes him a baron as a reward for his courage in battle. But he is also forced to marry Eleonor, a ward of the King whom he does not love. His newfound status excites jealousy from his friends who plot his downfall with devastating consequences. Arnau's journey from slave to nobleman is the story of a struggle between good and evil that will turn Church against State and brother against brother ...

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CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA

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No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Set in 14th-century Catalonia, Barcelona attorney Falcones's sprawling medieval family saga, a bestseller in Spain, starts with a nasty little bit of prima ... Read full review

Captivating historical fiction

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If you liked Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, you will definitely enjoy Ildefonso Falcones' Cathedral of the Sea. It is set in 14th century Barcelona and follows the lives of 2 boys raised as ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ildefonso Falcones' first novel, Cathedral of the Sea became a publishing legend with over a million copies sold in Spain alone. It has since been published in over forty countries, becoming a European bestseller. In The Hand of Fatima, Falcones marked the four hundredth anniversary of the expulsion of the Moors from 17th Century Spain. His latest novel THE BAREFOOT QUEEN has already sold over a million copies in Spain. It tells of the tumultuous birth of Flamenco in Spain. Falcones is a practising lawyer in Barcelona where he lives with his wife and four sons.

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