Cathedral of the Sea novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones

Cathedral of the Sea novel

"The Cathedral of the Sea" (original title: "La catedral del mar") is a historical novel written by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The novel was first published in 2006 and has gained widespread popularity, both in Spain and internationally. Set in 14th-century Barcelona, the story revolves around the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar, a Gothic cathedral in the Ribera district.

The narrative follows the life of Arnau Estanyol, a young serf who becomes a fugitive and later a free man, amidst the backdrop of social and political upheavals of the time, including the Spanish Inquisition and the Black Death. Falcones weaves a tale of love, loyalty, and the struggle for freedom against the backdrop of historical events.

The novel is praised for its detailed historical research, vivid descriptions of medieval Barcelona, and its engaging characters. It has been translated into numerous languages and has become a bestseller, captivating readers with its blend of history and fiction. If you have an interest in historical novels set in vibrant medieval settings, "The Cathedral of the Sea" might be an enjoyable read.

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