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The Pillars of the Earth : The Kingsbridge Novels - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

The Kingsbridge Novels

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Published: 1st April 2014
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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.

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

About the Kingsbridge Novels

The Kingsbridge series is a richly detailed and wholly absorbing journey into the past. Each book takes readers to the fictional town of Kingsbridge and introduces a massive and colourful cast of characters - both fictional and based on real historical figures.

The first book, Pillars of the Earth, is set in the 12th century during The Anarchy and is a thumping great epic involving everything from murder, mystery, betrayal, deceit and star-crossed love through to civil war, political intrigue, religious conflict and family drama - all focused around the the construction of a grand Cathedral.

We return to Kingsbridge in the 14th century for World Without End and again in the 16th century with the latest instalment, Column of Fire. Each time we return we meet the descendants of characters we have known and loved, living in the shadow of the great Cathedral we saw built in Pillars of the Earth. With each book we get a wonderfully detailed snapshot of history, thrumming with passion and drama, giving readers to a stunning glimpse into an age long since passed.

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Compulsory reading

5

This book and the trilogy should be compulsory reading for all high school students and anybody who has not grasped English/European history, especially those with an interest in our past (a subject sadly lacking in education today). I am now reading it for the second time.

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Read many times

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Just enjoy historical novels.

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5

A friend lent me this hard copy book years ago. I have an ereader but wasn't completely confident that I could put my hands on this book again unless I had my own hard copy. Of course the author is brilliant and has painted a picture that has over a thousand slides to deliver.

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Ken Follett

Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote The Eye of the Needle, the award-winning novel which became an international bestseller and a distinguished film. Before that he had been a newspaper reporter and a publishing executive after studying philosophy at University College, London. He has since written eleven equally successful novels and the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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ISBN: 9781447265443
ISBN-10: 1447265440
Series: The Kingsbridge Novels
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1120
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Type: New edition