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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.
Ildefonso Falcones is married with four children and lives in Barcelona where he works as a lawyer. The Cathedral of the Sea is intended as a homage to a people who built one of the most beautiful churches on earth in only fifty-four years. This historical novel has become an extraordinary publishing success with both readers and critics. Translation rights have been sold in 32 countries. It has won many prizes, including the Euskadi de Plata 2006 for the best novel in Spanish, the Qu #233; Leer 2007 Prize for the best book, and the prestigious Italian Giovanni Boccaccio 2007 award for best foreign author.