The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth Summary

Written By Ken Follett

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,636 Readers

The Pillars of the Earth Book Summary


#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.

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The Pillars of the Earth is a Historical book, written By Ken Follett. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,636 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Pillars of the Earth

    By LimaBean3
    The best book I ever read. Epic. I felt like I lost my best friend when I finished it.
  • Epic

    By 189067110
    This is one of the most amazing stories ever written. I rate Pillars, and it's sequel, World Without End, as second only to Lord of the Rings. Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
  • Not a page turner

    By _Pat
    An ok tale with much description about cathedral building. I bought this for a vacation and was only moderately entertained.


  • A Masterpiece

    By Am book reader
    Congratulations Mr. Follett, you’ve written a classic book of American literature. It’s easy to bond with the characters and the history of that era is eye opening. Brutally and beauty combined into a book you read well into the night. A job well done sir.
  • Ok so listen you have to just try.

    By Mrodriguezri
    I seriously can’t believe i’m reading this book. By no means a story set In the 12th century about the building of a cathedral interest me whatsoever, at first glance. But I must say this is probably the most compelling book I have ever read. I’m 12% in..
  • Outstanding!

    By Taptoesena
    I read this book 11 years ago for the first time and have reread it again. I didn’t think I’d like the time era for this book but there were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t put the book down. My friend was obsessed with this book so I purchased a copy and send it overseas to have the author sign it as a birthday gift. His sincerity made me love the book even more!
  • Pillars of the earth

    By chesapeake bay1
    Long read but worth it. .
  • The best book I have ever read.

    By chellllllllllllllllllllll1230
    This is the most riveting books you will read in your life. The story ensnares you until the very last page. Highly recommend!
  • Excellent

    By Torcat1990
    One of the best books I ever read.
  • Excellent

    By Moses Belle
    This is an excellent novel. I loved the plots, twist and turns and the historical information. I loved this book and I didn’t want it to end. Do read this book. This is Ken Follett at the top of his story telling. He is one of the greatest writers of all time.
  • Captivating

    By PineapplesRInMyHead
    Really loved how everything is connected and every character is linked. The entire plot is really well planned it is aesthetically pleasing. The ending attempts to discuss bigger topics but feels a bit out of place. Overall, a great read.
  • Great idea....drivel writing

    By Egg44
    Wow. I had hoped for something truly extraordinary and epic, but this was filled with cliches and felt that the author was envisioning a predictable Mel Gibson schlocky movie while writing it. Big disappointment. There are far more intelligent pieces of works out there.