The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 2008-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
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Description

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett's classic historical masterpiece.

A MASON WITH A DREAM

1135 and civil war, famine and religious strife abound. With his family on the verge of starvation, mason Tom Builder dreams of the day that he can use his talents to create and build a cathedral like no other.

A MONK WITH A BURNING MISSION

Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, is resourceful, but with money scarce he knows that for his town to survive it must find a way to thrive, and so he makes the decision to build within it the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.

A WORLD OF HIGH IDEALS AND SAVAGE CRUELTY

As Tom and Philip meet so begins an epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power. In a world beset by strife and enemies that would thwart their plans, they will stop at nothing to achieve their ambitions in a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother . . .

The Pillars of the Earth is the first in The Kingsbridge Novels series, followed by World Without End and A Column of Fire.

Reviews

  • Breathtaking

    5
    By Piginhat
    I have read this novel well into double figures and will I’m sure continue to read again and again......breathtaking!
  • Great read

    5
    By Walter.K
    Brilliant book. Couldn’t put it down. Great characters. This book moves from one story to another, all round people working and living around a town, when the prior is trying to build a great cathedral. Great feeling of how people lived in this period.
  • Unexpected fab read

    5
    By rachipie
    I love history and reading - therefore being transported back in time with a story of characters and realistic histories is just fab. Keep with the book as he characters come to life and transport you to a time we can only imagine and be thankful of.
  • Couldn't put it down

    5
    By Babbling Brooks Forever
    Great book and very well written. Characters I really felt I knew. Couldn't wait to hear what happened next. Moved on to book 2 on the series. What a treat.
  • Pillars of the Earth

    5
    By Mrtipsyd
    Great read, not often I read a book with such passion, heart felt story and a feel for the characters! I was totally engrossed by this excellent book.
  • Truly absorbing

    4
    By ShelleyNxx
    An epic tale, featuring richly developed characters whose tales are skilfully interwoven in this timeless masterpiece. Truly absorbing.
  • Wow

    5
    By Jaff81
    Follett take a bow, best book I've ever read
  • Amazing

    5
    By Jane696969!!
    Loved this book! Amazing best read! :)
  • Absolutely compellingly brilliant.

    5
    By Badgergirl81
    Loved it all! Could not put it down. Gripping and interesting and at points grizzly and horrible. Loved it!
  • A classic read

    5
    By Gld1990
    One of the best books I've ever read!