The Pillars of the Earth
By Ken Follett
(San Val, Prebound, 9781417671687, 991pp.)
Publication Date: July 1990
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For use in schools and libraries only. Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- Ken Follett has said: "When I started to look at cathedrals, I wondered: Who built them, and why? The book is my answer to that question." Why do you think the great medieval cathedrals were built?
Some things to think about:
How does the building of the cathedral satisfy the ambitions of the main characters – Tom Builder, Prior Philip, Aliena and Jack? How does it affect the lives of other important characters in the story?