Krone der Welt
 - Sabine Weiß - Taschenbuch

Lübbe Belletristik
historical novels
Pocket Book
686 pages
Ages 16+
ISBN: 978-3-404-18307-4
Release Date: 21.12.2020

Crown of the World

Illustrated By Markus Weber

Amsterdam in the Golden Age - the rise of a world metropolis

Sabine Weiß has written a new historical novel set in Amsterdam. As the story plays out, Amsterdam is rising to become a commercial and financial center, and the city’s world-famous canal belt, the Grachtengordel, is under construction. The underlying themes and lines of conflict revolve around self-assertion in a new, foreign world, and advancement through talent and hard work. The novel focuses on the fate of three siblings who, after the death of their parents, find themselves stranded in Amsterdam, a city of fabulous possibilities.

Amsterdam in the 17th century. Vincent dreams of participating in the construction of the city as an architect. Indeed, from the prominent members of his guild he learns how to build foundations with tree trunks and to drain the land, an ability that cannot be underestimated in this era of urban growth. Ruben hires on as a cabin boy for a skipper, experiences the naval battle against the Spanish Armada, and travels the world before rising to the rank of captain himself. At the end of the novel, Ruben sets off for America, where he will be involved in the founding of New Amsterdam.

Finally, there is Betje. After the death of her father, she first ends up in an orphanage until she is taken in as a housemaid by the rich mayor Reinier Pauw. When conflict breaks out between the different religious factions, and Pauw takes a hard line, she quits her position. After years of struggling on behalf of orphans, with whom she still feels a connection, she finally finds the love of her life and is able to start a family of her own.

An epic novel for fans of Ken Follett

An attractive setting. Amsterdam has a rich history, and is known for art and seafaring