Los herederos de la tierra / Heirs to the Land
After 6,000,000 of readers of La Catedral del mar followed with deep admiration the story of Arnau Estanyol, one of the stoneworkers, who helped to build the church of Santa María, by carrying the building stones from the quarry to the building site on their backs, now, the story unfolds, recreating the medieval Barcelona in a magnificent and breathtaking novel of loyalty and vengeance, love and dreams to come true.
Barcelona, 1387. The bells in the church of Santa María ring for all the inhabitants of the Ribera district but one of them listens to their pealing with particular attention… A twelve-year-old Hugo Llor, the son of a mariner lost at sea, gets a job in the dockyard thanks to the generosity of the most outstanding and respectable citizen of Barcelona, Arnau Estanyol…
But his dream of becoming a builder of ships will fall flat against the cruel reality when the Puig family, sworn enemies of his mentor, take advantage of their position at the court of the new king to exact vengeance they have been bent on for years.
From this moment, the way of Hugo’s life will oscillate between his loyalty to Bernat, his friend and the only son of Arnau and the necessity to survive in the city most unfair to its underprivileged.
Forced to abandon the district of Ribera, he finds a job with Mahir, a Jew who teaches him the secrets of the world of winemaking. There, among vineyards, wine barrels and stills, he will discover his love for the land and he will also fall in love with Dolça, the beautiful niece of the Jew. This burning passion, forbidden by the customs of the times and religion, will be the source of the most tender and most painful episodes of his youth.