The no.1 bestselling masterpiece
"A novel of majesty and power." Chicago Sun-Times
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.
If you loved Pillars of the Earth, read the bestselling sequel, World Without End.
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Before unveiling this monumental classic of historical fiction in 1989, Ken Follett was best known for penning modern thrillers. The novel follows an expansive tapestry of characters in 12th-century England as they attempt to build a grand cathedral. Inspired by the development of architecture through the Middle Ages, The Pillars of the Earth is rich with artful foreshadowing and a dense thicket of mini-dramas. But Follett’s epic undertaking is most memorable for its delicate eye-level details, which glow with tender workmanship.
Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. ``Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale,'' judged PW.