The Kingsbridge Novels

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,751 ratings

The Pillars of the Earth Summary

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 classic historical masterpiece.

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.

The Pillars of the Earth is followed by World Without End and A Column of Fire.

©1989 Ken Follett (P)2007 Penguin US
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  • Book 1

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous book

    • By Mrs on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £39.99

  • Book 2

    • World Without End

    • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,806
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bereaved when it ended

    • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

    Regular price: £39.99

  • Book 3

    • A Column of Fire

    • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493

    Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another masterpiece

    • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

    Regular price: £34.99