The Pillars of the Earth
Book 1, The Kingsbridge Novels
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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.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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I adore this book...
I first read this many years ago and read it in 2 days (and a lot of the nights). I re read it many times having to replace the first copy when it fell apart. I have the audio book and the Sony eReader version, yet this was still the first book I looked for with my new iPhone app - and I am delighted to be able to buy it again.
Why do I love it so much? Follett has created an immensely rich and detailed world with a wonderful range of characters in which I can lose myself. it's not all happily ever after but it is incredibly interesting and believable. And the best bit is it is very long so it is not like many great books that are over too soon!
Now I have it with me all the time, whenever the real world gets me down I can dip in and be inspired by those who achieved truly great things with everything against them.
Quite simply the best money ever spent
My whole family have read these two books!