|New from||Used from|
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. "Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale," judged PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I. The plot is less tightly controlled than those in Follett's contemporary works, and despite the wealth of historical detail, especially concerning architecture and construction, much of the language as well as the psychology of the characters and their relationships remains firmly rooted in the 20th century. This will appeal more to lovers of exciting adventure stories than true devotees of historical fiction. Literary Guild dual main selection.
- Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Loved this book. Learned a lot, laughed, and cried quite a few tears. Great story. Great writing. Highly recommended.Published 13 days ago by Kristine Biyak
I don't read a lot of fiction, so it's not really fair for me to criticize a novel.
The rule for writing a novel is to put the main character in trouble, and keep... Read more
I loved this story! It transcends time to capture the human spirit, suffering and failings. I also love stories that teach me something new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Puffy eyes
cannot put Ken Follett's books down!. they are well written, exciting, full of action. The characters become so well known to the readerPublished 3 months ago by Lois Appleby
I can only say I could not put it down. My eyes were hurting but I had to read on. It was excellent. It must have taken a lot of research and work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helga
Everything you would expect.a very good follow up to the first book. Ken Follett always keeps up at the edge.Published 6 months ago by Dion Litchfield
Right from the beginning you are into all the personage .... You can feel the will of each one, their dream their desire, it's hard to leave the book, you want to know what will... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Danycl