The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 1990-07-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,271 Ratings


#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. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

“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.


  • 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.
  • I’m just going to say this — he is an amazing author!!!!

    By Bshields33
    I absolutely love all of his work, and appreciate all the details he puts into it.
  • Nice easy read!

    Great historical content!
  • Absolutely couldn’t stop reading.

    By 87Lakers
    In my top ten favorite books all-time.
  • Pedestrian writing and plot

    By Chose555
    Too plodding and predictable—I felt like each paragraph was religiously written from an outline. I got halfway through and just decided I didn’t care anymore.
  • Pillars of the Earth

    By Stratsan
    Superb! Wonderfully strong heroines. Enlightening.

    By Novelist Want To Be
    I have read thousands of books. This will forever be my favorite.
  • Didn't want to put it down

    By Dicupcake
    Just an excellent read. Follett really knows how to develop his characters in such a way that you feel as if you know them. Very interesting information on building a church during the Middle Ages. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series.
  • Highly recommend

    By Ambercgil
    One of my favorites of all time - a tale of intrigue, romance, faith, endurance, betrayal, and so much more. Do yourself a favor and give this one a shot.
  • Terrific read

    By Oregon777
    I loved this book, a summer read, engaging, action packed and full of great details about people of the time. Recommend!