La reina descalza / The Barefoot Queen
In the 18th century Spain, in this moving story of friendship, passion and vengeance the voices of two women unite in an audacious song for liberty.
January 1748. A black woman walks the streets of Seville. Behind her are the days of slavery in Cuba, her son, who she will never see again and a long sea voyage towards the Spanish coast. Caridad does not any more have a master who will order her about nor does she have a roof over her head when she comes across Milagros Carmona. She is a young Gypsy girl from Triana in whose veins runs the blood of defiance and of the art of her people.
The two women become inseparable and while spending their time dancing at fiestas, the Gypsy girl tells her new friend of her love for a handsome and haughty Pedro Garcia, from whom she is separated by old family feuds. And Caridad is trying to silence the growing sentiment in her heart for Melchor Vega, the grandfather of Milagros.
But when by King’s order all Gypsies are outlawed, the life of Milagros and Caridad changes dramatically. They go their separate ways but destiny will find them together again in Madrid, where smugglers and artists, nobles and villains find their place. A Madrid that bows before the passion emanating from the voices and dances of the barefoot queen.
Ildefonso Falcones offers us a voyage in time to a fascinating age, tinged with prejudice and intolerance. From Seville to Madrid, from the disorderly bustle of the Gypsies to the majestic theatres of the capital, the readers will enjoy a historical fresco filled with characters that live, love, suffer and fight for what they believe in.