Pillars of the Earth Author:Ken Follett Ken Follett is known by his readers as a master of split-second suspense. Now he reaches beyond the expected to achieve his most brilliant and remarkable novel, — Everything his readers expect from Follette is here: intrigue, fast-paced action and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time - the Twelfth... more » Century; the place - feudal England; and the subject - the building of a Gothic cathedral. The author has recreated the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The forests, the walled towns, the castles and the monasteries become a familiar landscape.
Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters- into their dreams, their labors and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the Prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is vividly brought to life.
The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama, Around the site of this construction, Follette weaves a story of betrayal, revenge and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.
At once a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age, The Pillars of the Earth is without a doubt Ken Follette's masterpiece.« less