The Pillars of the Earth

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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.

'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

'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'

Sunday Express

About Ken Follett

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants and Winter of the World are the first two bestselling novels in the Century trilogy.

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Books by Ken Follett

Edge of Eternity
Edge of Eternity
World Without End
World Without End
Winter of the World
Winter of the World
Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants
Night Over Water
Night Over Water
Paper Money
Paper Money
On Wings of Eagles
On Wings of Eagles
The Man From St Petersburg
The Man From St Petersburg
The Key to Rebecca
The Key to Rebecca
Code to Zero
Code to Zero
A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune
A Place Called Freedom
A Place Called Freedom
Jackdaws
Jackdaws
Hornet Flight
Hornet Flight
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
Lie Down With Lions
Lie Down With Lions
The Third Twin
The Third Twin
The Hammer of Eden
The Hammer of Eden
Triple
Triple
The Modigliani Scandal
The Modigliani Scandal
Whiteout
Whiteout

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