The Barefoot Queen

Author(s): Ildefonso Falcones


A romantic and thrilling historical adventure from the internationally bestselling author whose work Diana Gabaldon has called "Enthralling" Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona--a young, spellbinding, rebellious gypsy--the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing. But all that changes when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and life instantly becomes perilous. Their group is split up--some imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. Caridad and Milagros are eventually reunited and join in the gypsys' struggle against this widespread oppression. It's a dangerous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won. From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, "The Barefoot Queen" is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can't live without.


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Praise for Ildefonso Falcones' "Cathedral of the Sea" "Believable and enthralling...So beautifully structured that the last sixty pages detonate like a string of firecrackers." -- Diana Gabaldon, "The Washington Post"" " "Fantastic...The passion and heartache, as well as the grit and grime, of medieval Spain come alive."--"USA Today"" """"An exciting, very readable adventure novel, enriched by realistic descriptions."--"The Independent "(UK) "[An] absorbing epic...Dizzying...Falcones's rich portrait of medieval society is fascinating."--"Publishers Weekly" "With "Cathedral of the Sea", Ildefonso Falcones...has become Spain's new Dan Brown." --"El Mundo"

Ildefonso Falcones is a lawyer and internationally bestselling and award-winning author of "Cathedral of the Sea" and "The Hand of Fatima." With over 7 million copies sold, his previous work been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. He lives in Barcelona with his family.

General Fields

  • : 9780804139489
  • : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ildefonso Falcones
  • : Hardback
  • : 640