Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

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The “riveting”(The Washington Post) #1 international bestseller—now in paperback in the U.S.

In the tradition of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, here is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war, set in the golden age of 14th-century Barcelona. Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and joins the powerful guild of stone-workers building the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, while his adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest. As Arnau prospers, he secretly falls in love with a forbidden woman. When he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with his own brother. Will he lose his life just as his beloved cathedral is finally completed, or will his brother spare him?


 

About Ildefonso Falcones

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Ildefonso Falcones, casado y padre de cuatro hijos, es abogado y ejerce en Barcelona. La catedral del mar, su primera novela se convirtió en un éxito editorial mundial sin precedentes, reconocida tanto por los lectores como la crítica y publicada en más de cuarenta países. Con más de cuatro millones de ejemplares vendidos en todo el mundo, Falcones se ha consagrado como el autor de novela histórica más vendido de España.
 
Published May 1, 2008 by NAL. 636 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 nocta, which, come to think of it, got another bestselling medieval epic, Braveheart, rolling.

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Arnau also develops a bond with the Santa Maria church, and when he's forced to support himself and Joan, he joins the bastiax, the laborers who transport stones from a nearby quarry to the church grounds.

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USA Today

This epic novel set, like Pillars, in medieval times, follows Arnau Estanyol, who begins life working as a "bastiax," or stone carrier, helping build the church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona.But while Arnau never wavers in his faith in the Virgin Mary and the church by the sea, his story is...

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Historical Novel Society

From this seemingly dull cloth the author creates an irresistible tale that – unflinchingly – carries the reader into scenes of incredible cruelty inflicted by nobility and clergy on whose whims hang the workers’ lives, into the religious hysteria and the pogrom that came of it, of war, incessant...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and joins the powerful guild of stone-workers building the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, while his adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest.

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