Cathedral of the Sea: A Novel by Ildefonso Falcones

Cathedral of the Sea: A Novel

byIldefonso Falcones

Kobo ebook | May 1, 2008

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An unforgettable fresco of a golden age in fourteenth-century Barcelona, Cathedral of the Sea is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war.
Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona to find a city dominated by the construction of the city’s great pride—the cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar—and by its shame, the deadly Inquisition. As a young man, Arnau joins the powerful guild of stoneworkers and helps to build the church with his own hands, while his best friend and adopted brother Joanet studies to become a priest.
With time, Arnau prospers and falls secretly in love with a forbidden woman. But when he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with Joanet. Will he lose his life just as his beloved Cathedral of the Sea is finally completed, or will his brother save him?


Title:Cathedral of the Sea: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1440630410

ISBN - 13:9781440630415

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read A gripping tale that takes us on a historical journey through Barcelona in the 14th century, some wonderful characters, a must must read
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweeping story of 14th Century Barcelona. The book starts in 1329, the same year that construction began on the Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Mer, in Barcelona, Spain. The son of a serf, Arnau Estanyol's life was difficult from his first breaths. His mother was raped by the wealthy landowner on the eve of her wedding . Later, his father was forced to abduct him and they fled to Barcelona. As a young boy, he met and befriended a child, Joanet, who would become his best friend . Together, they explored Barcelona and learned of it's treasures and some of it's secrets. The most important to them was the church of the Virgin, The Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Mer was under construction and the two were fascinated. Their lives became entwined with the progress of the building. I read this book steadily for a week, pushing aside other obligations to gain more reading time. Themes in this novel include: love, longing for family, revenge, religion and honour. Arnau is an honourable man and one of the most widely respected of Barcelona's citizens. From his lowly beginnings offering water to the bastaix who were carrying stones for the cathedral, to that of Counsulate of the Sea (magistrate) he never looses site of his humble birth. He is the kind of man that I want to know. A book this long also needs a villain. That roll is filled by the nobles, who are self centred, with no concern for those in their care (the serfs) , and no thought to the future. The Inquisitor of the Holy Office, Nicolau Eimerich, is a horrid person but so well written that I could actually imagine him presiding over the hearings. I found the treatments of the Jews disturbing, though it is accurately retold from historical documents. Author Ildefonso Falcones based the book on a historical events though some liberties were made to accommodate the story line. This is a well written, in depth book that conveys the difficulties of life in 14th century Spain. The descriptive passages , particularly of the church, left me feeling as though I really was there. I highly recommend this book for fans of history and those interested in learning more about Spain.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A poor translation The story has some interesting aspects but it is so poorly written in English that many plot points are not credible and do not flow.
Date published: 2014-05-30