Die Kathedrale des Lichts
 - Ruben Laurin - Taschenbuch

Bastei Lübbe
historical novels
Pocket Book
590 pages
Ages 16+
ISBN: 978-3-404-17636-6
Release Date: 26.01.2018

Cathedral of light

A lush medieval epic about love, betrayal, and death

Set against the historical background of one of the most ambitious construction projects of the Middle Ages, Magdeburg Cathedral, Ruben Laurin unfolds a lush story about love, conspiracies, and betrayal.

In the year 1219: Moritz is an orphan boy but despite the suffering he endures, he doesn’t lose hope. For he has found something that comforts him in his pain: his love for creating sculptures. This is how, one day, he creates a sculpture, which is modeled after his mother. Years later, he attracts the attention of a traveling builder, who takes Moritz with him to the Magdeburg cathedral workshop where they are building a huge church. As he walks the construction site at night, he meets Mechthild, a mystic, and they become friends. She tells him about a divine light that only she can see, a light, in which the saints are gathering, whose relics are kept in the structural foundation of the cathedral.

While Moritz falls in love with Helena, the builder’s daughter, who is espoused to the sculptor Gotthard, the builder discovers Moritz’ sculpture of his mother. He recognizes Moritz’ talent and pushes through that Moritz is commissioned to create the statue of Saint Maurice, the cathedral's patron saint. This is an offense and insult to Gotthard, who had originally been chosen for this project.
As he wants to save Moritz from his hopeless love for Helena, the builder asks Moritz to accompany him to the Imperial Court Council. When they return, Helena and Gottfried are married.

Still, Moritz and Helena continue their love affair in secret, and when they get caught, they face dramatic consequences: slander, attempts on their lives, destruction of his work and, finally, Helena is convicted of adultery. Moritz saves her life and his life is saved by the builder, who wants the statues of saints to be brought to completion.

For all readers of Ken Follett’s THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and Ildefonso Falcones‘ CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA