click here  for a link to the first chapter of the best selling novel Catedral del Mar by Ildefonso Falcones.  The novel sets the tone for inequities and injustices of the Catalan society in the 13th Century.  The scene all setups up a juxtaposition the majority of the book that is set in the city life of Barcelona.

click here for a link to chapter 21 of Catedral del Mar by Ildefonso Falcones.  This selections explains the roll of the professional masons as they carry stones, one by one on their backs, down from the adjacent protected quarry at Montjuic, and then back to the seafront for the construction of the early gothic cathedral.  It explains social roles of women at the time and also the political situation between the King of Spain, the Catalans, and the nearby duke of mallorca and its territories.  The new power of the middle, mercantile class to fund wars, and that of the nobles of Spain, is also made evident.  The power and role of the Holy Roman Church at the Vatican to allow limit seafaring warefare is also pointed out.



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