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If you liked the Century Trilogy, you’ll love the “extraordinary...monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career.

“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. 
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.
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 historical masterpiece.

From the Paperback edition.

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The Pillars of the Earth
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4.4 / 5
June 25th, 2016
real life characters dealing with their own feelings in a way that draws you into their space and time
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illars of the easrth
December 20th, 2015
A compelling read an improvement on the original paper back which i read more than 30 years ago Pilars was the first novel historical that i read i am now an avid reaer
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A Great Book
October 27th, 2015
A really nice book with many things happening. I will read all the others. But too many architectural stuff for me.
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I love history!
November 3rd, 2014
Read the book if you want panoramic views of history and fictional characters woven into the fabric of history.
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Epic Book
June 20th, 2014
Follett has created a masterpiece with this tale of greed, abuse of power, corruption, envy, and noble persons. The action is fast and sometimes bewildering, especially in light of the many abuses against peasants and the rule of law. Fascinating drama and historically well researched to show the true action of the era.
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Loved it!
August 25th, 2013
Long, but an excellent read!
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May 15th, 2013
Cant't put it down.. Cost me several sleepless night. Look forward to read the next!
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Excellent reading
May 5th, 2013
Historical novels are hIs forté and this is a fine example. I'd never thought about the dedication and mind-boggling passion needed to create the amazing structures left all over Europe. A must-read.
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Pillars of the world
March 13th, 2013
Page turner B
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