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Notre Dame Cathedral


Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Notre Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris"), usually known as Notre Dame Cathedral, is a historic Catholic cathedral in Paris, France. The cathedral is located on the eastern half of Île de la Cité, one of two remaining natural islands on the River Seine in Paris.

It is known the site contained a previous church, Saint Étienne (St Stephen's) since the 4th century, but it was demolished in 1160, and construction of Notre Dame began in 1163. Throughout its history, Notre Dame Cathedral has undergone various alterations, as well as suffering from vandalism (from Huguenot riots in 1548, and during the French Revolution), and war damage during World War II. A major maintenance and restoration program has been ongoing since 1991.

The cathedral is still a working cathedral to this day, and is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, as well as being the official chair of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral's treasury contains a reliquary which contains some of Catholicism's most important first-class relics, including the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

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Notre-Dame of Paris (Penguin Classics)

By Victor Hugo

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Released: 1978-10-26
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More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of dark passions and unrequited love

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty. This revised edition also includes further reading and a chronology of Hugo's life.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Wordsworth Classics)

By Victor Hugo

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With an Introduction and Notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent at Canterbury. Set in 1482, Victor Hugo's powerful novel of imagination, caprice and fantasy is a meditation on love, fate, architecture and politics, as well as a compelling recreation of the medieval world at the dawn of the modern age. In a brilliant reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters amongst them, Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda, the satanic priest Claude Frollo, Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars, and Louis XI, King of France. Over the entire novel, both literally and symbolically, broods the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Vivid characters and memorable set-piece action scenes combine to bring the past to life in this story of love, lust, betrayal, doom and redemption.


 
 
 

 
 
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