The first major work of literature written in Catalan and arguably the first European novel.
The Romance of Evast and Blaquerna is a novel in which Ramon Llull rebelled against
secular literature of chivalry and the court in general, which was so successful in his time.
Written around 1283, it tells the fictional biography of Blaquerna, a virtuous young man who
aspires to be a hermit, not a knight, but who on encountering the disorder of the world is
obliged to remain in it. In his reform efforts, Blaquerna passes through several estates before
being elected Holy Father in Rome, allowing him to intervene in all Christendom and work
decidedly in favor of the conversion of infidels . With everyone on the path to salvation, he
may eventually retire and devote himself to the contemplative life. In this new situation,
Blaquerna wrote the Book of the Lover and the Beloved, one of the top works of mystical
literature of all time.