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The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) (original 1989; edition 2002)

by Ken Follett

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Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
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Title:The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:NAL Trade, Paperback, 976 pages
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Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (1989)

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OK epic-length drama of people involved with building a cathedral or living in the community around it. A little too much violence and sex for me though. I won't read the second part. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
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  laplantelibrary | Nov 13, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
I mostly enjoyed this quite a lot. Listened to the audiobook. Only towards the end did I get a bit fed up and think is this over yet? The endless twists and turns are like a medieval soap opera. There was a foreword by KF at the beginning of the audiobook where the author said he struggled at times to think of what thing to go wrong next for his characters and I admit I did smile a bit at the next twist of the plot remembering this. But it has characters to root for and characters to hate and hope will die soon. Plus learning a little bit about medieval cathedrals and medieval life. Great literature - no, entertaining - yes.
I won't rush to read the rest yet but probably will at some point. ( )
  infjsarah | Sep 12, 2022 |
Excellent historical novel of builders of a cathedral. ( )
  chibitika | Sep 3, 2022 |
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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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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.
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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.
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To Marie-Claire,
the apple of my eye
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The small boys came early to the hanging.
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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
All birds and men are sure to die, But songs last forever.
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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 twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.

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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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