Ildefonso Falcones
Ildefonso Falcones in the church of Santa Maria del Mar in 2008.
BornIldefonso Falcones de Sierra
Barcelona, Spain
OccupationAuthor and lawyer
GenreHistorical fiction

Ildefonso Falcones de Sierra (born 1959) is a Spanish lawyer and writer from Barcelona.[1]


Ildefonso Falcones is the son of a lawyer and homemaker. He had a career as a horseback rider at the age of 17, becoming the Junior Champion of Spain in show jumping, as well as excelling in field hockey. His career in sports ended with his father's death that same year. He studied at the College of San Ignacio's Jesuits in Spain. After which, he began his university studies, attempting to earn degrees in economics and law. He eventually decided to drop his studies in economics to balance his studies of law with a job at a bingo in Barcelona.

He currently practices law at his own law firm, located in the Ensanche district of Barcelona. And although he previously started his work in literature, for the past few years he has had to balance his work with his passion for writing books. It took him 5 years to finish his first novel.

He became famous with the historical thriller Cathedral of the Sea, published in 2006, and set in 14th century Barcelona.[2] His second novel, La mano de Fátima (2009), deals with the Morisco revolt and later expulsion of the Moriscos.[3] His third novel was La reina descalza (2013), set in between Seville and Madrid in the 18th century, follows the interwoven lives of two women (a former slave from Cuba and a gypsy from Triana) with the Great Gypsy Round-up as a backdrop.[4] His fourth novel, Los herederos de la tierra, is a continuation to La catedral del mar.[5] His fifth novel, El pintor de almas (2019), set in the mired by social conflict early 20th-century Barcelona, follows the life of an artist and his uneasy relation with an anarchist.[6]

In 2015, Ildefonso Falcones was accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of 1,4 million euros between 2009 and 2011 by transferring the copyrights of his works to companies based outside of Spain.[7] In 2016, the case was dismissed when the judge considered that the sale of the copyright for his first novel was in 2004, two years before its editorial success, showing that there was no intent to commit a "fraudulent and malicious manoeuver by said action".[8] However, by February 2018 he was facing those charges again, which could attract a prison sentence up to 9 years.[9]

Views and positions

From an ideological standpoint, he has voiced himself as a supporter of the People's Party (PP). He supported Mariano Rajoy in 2008, the then PP's prime ministerial candidate vis-à-vis the 2008 general election, in a political act at the Santa Maria del Mar church together with other leaders of the People's Party of Catalonia, like Dolors Nadal and Daniel Sirera.



  1. ^ Roig, Clara; Cavaller, Paco (14 February 2013). "Ildefonso Falcones: If 'Cathedral of the Sea' had not been published, I could not have done the same effort again". Catalan News. Agència Catalana de Notícies. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ Fiori, Simonetta (27 January 2007). "Ildefonso Falcones Sierra". La Repubblica (in Italian). Divisione Stampa Nazionale. GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Vila-Sanjuán, Sergio (26 April 2009). "Ildefonso Falcones novela la expulsión de los moriscos". La Vanguardia.
  4. ^ González Barba, Andrés (6 March 2013). "Los gitanos de Sevilla protagonizan «La reina descalza», de Ildefonso Falcones". ABC.
  5. ^ Néspolo, Matías (8 September 2016). "La 'herencia' de Falcones". El Mundo.
  6. ^ Nieto Jurado, Jesús (7 October 2019). "El pintor de almas". El Cultural.
  7. ^ EFE (25 June 2015). "Imputan al 'best-seller' Ildefonso Falcones por defraudar 1,4 millones". El Mundo (in Spanish). Barcelona: Unidad Editorial Información General S.L.U. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  8. ^ González, Germán (9 March 2016). "Archivan la causa contra Ildefonso Falcones por fraude a Hacienda". El Mundo (in Spanish). Barcelona: Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  9. ^ El fiscal pide 9 años de cárcel para el escritor Ildefonso Falcones por fraude fiscal, en El País