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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.
cannot put Ken Follett's books down!. they are well written, exciting, full of action. The characters become so well known to the readerPublished 2 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 2 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 5 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 6 months ago by Danycl
One of the greatest books I have ever read. I was consumed while reading it. I would recommend this to anyone.Published 7 months ago by Brandy Coulson