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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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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

By Victor Hugo

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. It is set in 1482 in Paris, in and around the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The book tells the story of a poor barefoot Gypsy girl (La Esmeralda) and a misshapen bell-ringer (Quasimodo) who was raised by the Archdeacon (Claude Frollo). The book was written as a statement to preserve the Notre Dame cathedral and not to 'modernize' it, as Hugo was thoroughly… (more)

Notre-Dame of Paris (Penguin Classics)

By Victor Hugo

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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.

Notre-Dame de Paris (Oxford World's Classics)

By Victor Hugo

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At the center of Hugo's classic novel are three extraordinary characters caught in a web of fatal obsession. The grotesque hunchback Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame, owes his life to the austere archdeacon, Claude Frollo, who in turn is bound by a hopeless passion to the gypsy dancer Esmeralda. She, meanwhile, is bewitched by a handsome, empty-headed officer, but by an unthinking act of kindness wins Quasimodo's selfless devotion. Behind the central figures moves a pageant of picturesque characters, including the underworld of beggars and petty criminals whose assault on the cathedral is one of the most spectacular set-pieces of Romantic literature.
Alban Kraisheimer's new translation offers a fresh approach to this monumental work by France's most celebrated Romantic authors.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


 
 
 

 
 
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