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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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The Pillars of the Earth (1989)

by Ken Follett

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Series: Kingsbridge (1)

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For anyone interested in medieval times this book is a must read. The story starts off a little slowly but once the reader becomes acquainted with the characters it moves along at a nice comfortable pace. I found the sections on architecture and curved cathedral ceilings very interesting. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Truly in-cre-di-ble tale which managed to take me by surprise over and over again. The characters are all very well worked out and the omnisapient third person brings you right into their deepest thoughts.

Pillars of the Earth manages to colourfully show how people lived around 1100 and really transported me back to that time over each page.

Extremely enjoyable and un-put-downable from page 1 to page 1000! ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Set in 12th-century England, this book centers around the building (and the builders) of a cathedral. I found the historical background of everyday life fascinating. I listened to the audio version -- very good reader -- in my car every day & couldn't wait to hear what happened next! Size is daunting -- 32 CDs -- but well worth the effort. ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
One of my all time favorite books - a compelling story, intriguing characters, highs and lows, and rooting for the good guy even though you're convinced (at points) that the bad guy is going to win. ( )
  docwithapen | Apr 25, 2015 |
RGG: A thousand pages of historical fiction set in 12th century England. Peasants, monks, barons, and kings caught up in tragedy, romance, and conflict. And through it all, over seventy years a cathedral is built. The first volume of a trilogy. Several sexually explicit passages.
  rgruberhighschool | Apr 9, 2015 |
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Great literature? Of course not. To begin with, the plot relies far too heavily on coincidence, and the characters tend to be chiseled into predictability. The writing depends heavily on dialogue - and although it's well-done dialogue, it's the stuff of escapism, not of the ages. But so what? It's a long, rich and rewarding story, full of glory and violence told in the tradition of medieval troubadors. Few among us could turn away from a tale that begins: ''The small boys came early to the hanging.''
added by Shortride | editSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, Harry Levins (pay site) (Sep 3, 1989)
 
A novel of majesty and power.
added by Shortride | editChicago Sun-Times, Algis Budrys (pay site) (Aug 20, 1989)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ken Follettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vázquez, RosalíaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Conrad, Gabrielesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grant, Richard E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kiel, AchimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lohmeyer, TillÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundborg, GunillaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piggott-Smith, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Przygodda, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Röhr-Rouendaal, PetraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rost, Christelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Le nuit du 25 novembre 1120, le Vaisseau blanc appareilla à destination de l'Angleterre et sombra corps et biens au large de Barfleur: il n'y eut qu'un survivant... Le vaisseau représentait le dernier cri en matière de transport maritime et il était muni des plus récents perfectionnements connus de la construction navale d'alors... Si l'on a beaucoup parlé de ce naufrage, c'est en raison du grand nombre de personnalités qui se trouvaient à bord; outre le fils du roi, héritier présomptif du trône, il y avait deux bâtards de sang royal, plusieurs comtes et barons et presque toute la maison du roi... Cela eut pour conséquence historique de laisser Henry sans héritier... Cela provoqua la guerre de succession et la période d'anarchie qui suivit la mort d'Henry.
A. L. Poole
From Doomsday Book to Magna Carta
On the night of 25 November 1120 the White Ship set out for England and foundered off Barfleur with all hands save one. ... The vessel was the latest thing in marine transport, fitted with all the devices known to the shipbuilder of the time. ... The notoriety of this wreck is due to the very large number of distinguished persons on board; beside the king's son and heir, there were two royal bastards, several earls and barons, and most of the royal household ... its historical significance is that it left Henry without an obvious heir ... its ultimate result was the disputed succession and the period of anarchy which followed Henry's death.
-A. L. Poole,
From Doomsday Book to Magna Carta
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To Marie-Claire,
the apple of my eye
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The small boys came early to the hanging.
Chapter 1
In a broad valley, at the foot of a sloping hillside, beside a clear bubbling stream, Tom was building a house.
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The baby cried, and the sound tugged at his heartstrings like a well-loved hymn. p.89
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Norwegian translation is split into two parts: Stormenes tid I
sverdet og korset AND Stormenes tid II katedralen
Please do not combine an abridged audio with the complete work. Thank you.
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Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. "Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale," judged PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A prior, a master builder, and their community try to build a cathedral to protect themselves while Stephen and the Empress Maud fight for the crown of England.

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