The Pillars of the Earth

Penguin, 29 2010 - 1008
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

The extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Folletts already phenomenal career. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner, extolledPublishers Weeklyon the release ofThe 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 Folletts unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal.

The Pillars of the Earthtells 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 architecta 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 Folletts historical masterpiece.



LibraryThing Review

  - SABC - LibraryThing

This is the story of Philip , prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk who is driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known. Tom is the mason who becomes his architect ...

LibraryThing Review

  - msaucier818 - LibraryThing

I very much enjoyed reading this novel that everyone had told me to read. It tells the story of the building of a cathedral, but it is more about a handful of characters who I came to both love and ...

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Chapter 15
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Chapter 17

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Ken Follettis one of the worlds best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Folletts first bestseller wasEye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.

In 1989The Pillars of the Earthwas published, and has since become the authors most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprahs Book Club pick.

Its sequels,World Without EndandA Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.

Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.