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An edition of The Pillars of the Earth (1800)

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An edition of The Pillars of the Earth (1800)

The Pillars of the Earth

  • 4.16 ·
  • 37 Ratings
  • 295 Want to read
  • 13 Currently reading
  • 46 Have read
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Publisher
William Morrow
Language
English
Pages
973

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Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.

Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.

The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

At once a sensuous and endearing love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age,The Pillars of the Earth is without a doubt Ken Follett's masterpiece.
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Cover of: The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
2017, Pan Books
paperback in English - printing (1)
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The Pillars of the Earth
2014, Pan Books
paperback in English - 25th Anniversary Edition (3)
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The Pillars of the Earth
2010-10, Signet
Mass Market Paperback in English - 1st Signet printing, TV Tie-in edition (10)
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The Pillars of the Earth
2007, William Morrow
Hardcover in English
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The Pillars of the Earth
2007-10, New American Library
Paperback in English - First New American Library Printing (Deluxe Edition) (25)
Cover of: The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
2007, Pan Books
paperback in English - printing (23)
Cover of: The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
2001?, Signet
Mass Market Paperback in English - 1st Signet printing (41)
Cover of: The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
2000?, Pan Books
Paperback in English - 10th Anniversary edition (6)
Cover of: I Pilastri Della Terra
I Pilastri Della Terra
Sep 16, 1996, Mondadori
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Cover of: The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
1989, William Morrow and Company
Hardcover in English - First Edition (1)

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Published in

New York

Edition Notes

US

Genre
Fiction
Copyright Date
1989

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR6056.O45 P55 1989

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
973 p. :
Number of pages
973

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17245977M
Internet Archive
pillarsofearth0000foll_i4x7
ISBN 10
0688046592
ISBN 13
9780688046590
LCCN
89009405, 89009405
Library Thing
1051327
Goodreads
58383093

Work Description

The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Welsh author Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. Set in the 12th century, the novel covers the time between the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Thomas Becket, but focuses primarily on the Anarchy. The book traces the development of Gothic architecture out of the preceding Romanesque architecture, and the fortunes of the Kingsbridge priory and village against the backdrop of historical events of the time.


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In a broad valley, at the foot of a sloping hillside, beside a clear bubbling stream, Tom was building a house.
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