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The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 1999-07-01
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,263 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career—and begins where its prequel, The Evening and the Morning, ended.

“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. 
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.
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 historical masterpiece.


  • Pillars of the Earth!! A++

    By ylovettlovett
    One of the greatest books I have EVER read. It was very realistic and terribly hard to put down. Even though this was the second time I’d read this amazing book!!
  • An insightful look into 12th Century England

    By Appr50
    A well written historical fiction that explores the wide differences in class, rulers and the Church revealing all of the characters human failings as well as their perseverance through evil plotting and eventual victories over dark and powerful forces working against them.
  • Excellent

    By rickalb
    Very interesting story. Looking forward to the next book!
  • One of the best books i ever read!

    By Kiki088
    Beautiful story. Amazing characters. Would give a 10- star if possible!
  • Love this series!

    By Ptvogelzang
    Totally hooked now and am loving this Follett series!
  • Brilliant

    By GigiRubin
    A masterpiece! A tour de force! Exquisite!!
  • Follett’s best ever

    By joe h t
    Follett’s absolute best...
  • Everyone can overcome a setback

    By Game-ination
    I really felt the devastation when all seemed lost time and time again, and then the excitement when someone found a plan and the courage to overcome the setback.
  • Simplistic

    By DrDaddio
    One dimensional characters. Predictable plot. Simplistic writing. Hated it.
  • My first love

    Fell in love with reading after reading this book, my all time favorite from KEN FOLLETT! My go to book reading it over and over again!