Ken Follett's bestselling Kingsbridge Novels are loved around the world for their historical detail and epic storytelling. The story begins in The Pillars of the Earth, which centres on the struggles of Prior Phillip and his mason-turned-architect Tom as they attempt to build the greatest gothic cathedral in the medieval world.
The sequel, World Without End, is set two centuries later and follows the lives of four children who witness two men being killed the day after Halloween. From that moment, their lives are bound together by love and revenge, as they confront the Black Death and the beginning of the hundred years war.
The saga continues in the third novel, A Column of Fire. Beginning in 1558, it charts the star-crossed romance between Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald over half a century. Meanwhile, Europe turns against England when Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and finds herself beset by plots to dethrone her.
The fourth Kingsbridge novel, The Evening and the Morning, will be published globally in autumn 2020 and will be set around the year 1,000, when England was constanly under attack from Vikings and would soon be conquered by the Normans.
Here, Ken explains the inspiration behind the book: 'The story is set at the end of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the Middle Ages, so it’s an evening and a morning. And the phrase is Biblical, of course: ‘And the evening and the morning were the first day’. This is a time when people began to demand what we call the rule of law, which means that disputes are settled according to rules, regardless of how rich or powerful you are. This is a vital component of freedom.'
In this video, Ken visits Scotland, Paris, Seville, Antwerp and London whilst researching for his new novel A Column of Fire.
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