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The Pillars of the Earth - The Kingsbridge Novels (Paperback)Ken Follett (author)
Hugely redolent of the medieval clash of politics, avarice and religion, The Pillars of the Earth is, first and foremost, a ripping good yarn which grafts timeless themes of ambition, lust and jealousy onto a compelling tale of cathedral building. Follett is a top notch storyteller and this wildly enjoyable volume spawned two sequels to form The Kingsbridge Series.
The girl turned her hypnotic golden eyes on the three strangers, the knight, the monk and the priest; and then she pronounced her curse, callling out the words in ringing tones: "I curse you with sickness and sorrow, with hunger and pain; your house shall be consumed by fire and your children shall die in the gallows; your enemies shall prosper, and you shall grow old in sadness and regret..."
So begins 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 first novel in the epic Kingsbridge Series.
The Pillars of the Earth is the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known. It is the story of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul who will be divided by love and tortured by duty and divided loyalty. It is the story of the beautiful, resourceful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame, driven by a bitter determination and destined to shape her own destiny and others...
But most of all it is a story of a community shaped by history and of the ultimate struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 1104
Weight: 761 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 50 mm
'A highly enjoyable tale... this book evokes its period brilliantly' - The Sunday Times
'A historical saga of such breadth and density... Follett succeeds brilliantly in combining hugeness and detail to create a novel imbued with the rawness, violence and blind faith of the era' - The Sunday Express
'Enormous and brilliant... this mammoth tale seems to touch all human emotion - love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. This is truly a novel to get lost in' - Cosmopolitan
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