Cathedral of the Sea

Author(s): Ildefonso Falcones

Contemporary Fiction

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?




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?Believable and beautifully structured that the last sixty pages detonate like a string of firecrackers.? ?"The Washington Post" ?An absorbing epic...Falcones's rich portrait of medieval society is fascinating.? ?"Publishers Weekly"

Ildefonso Falcones is a well-known attorney who lives Barcelona. He found fame when his novel "Il Catedral del Mar" sold over a million copies and has been #1 on the Spanish bestseller lists for ten months. In Spain, he is often compared to Ken Follett and his book had drawn numerous comparisons to Follett's masterpiece "The Pillars of the Earth." Falcones has also been called "the new Dan Brown" by "El Mundo." Now, Dutton brings this giant international bestseller to an American audience.

General Fields

  • : 9780451225993
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Berkley
  • : April 2009
  • : 229mm X 150mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ildefonso Falcones
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 624
  • : maps