The Kingsbridge Novels

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 269 ratings

The Pillars of the Earth Summary

Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral.

Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, the dreams, labours, and loves of his characters come vividly to life. The Pillars of the Earth is, without doubt, a masterpiece, and has proved to be one of the most popular books of our time.

© Ken Follett; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Pillars of the Earth

    • Pillars of the Earth, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Set in the turbulent times of 12th century England where civil war, famine, religious strife, and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent cathedral. Against this richly imagined backdrop, filled with intrigue and treachery, Ken Follett draws the reader irresistibly into a wonderful epic of family drama, violent conflict, and unswerving ambition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely absorbing

    • By Kurt on 30-11-07

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 2

    • World Without End

    • Pillars of the Earth, Book 2
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Faith versus Reason

    • By Rogayah on 24-08-08

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 3

    • A Column of Fire

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The saga that has enthralled the millions of fans of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire. 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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • FANTASTIC

    • By Liddi on 10-11-17

    Regular price: £21.99