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This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (Kindle Edition)
I hadn't read anything by Ken Follett when I bought the Kindle edition of this book, but was intrigued by the upcoming mini-series (7/10) I'm SO glad I did because I was mesmerized from the first page. Follett weaves a great story with historical facts and figures to give an account of what life was like in twelfth-century England. The struggle between the Church and the monarchy was especially compelling. It gave new meaning to the separation of England from Rome during Henry Viii's reign. It was also fascinating to learn what day to day medieval life was like, from the food eaten and clothing worn, to how buildings were constructed (especially cathedrals) and what the morals of the day were like.
Follett's characters are many but it is not difficult to keep them straight because each is so well-developed and interesting. Tom Builder, Ellen, Jack, Alfred, Prior Phillip, and various monks, earls and other people of fictional Kingsbridge kept me so entertained I hated for the book to end. I'm now reading the sequel, "World without End" and loving it just as much.
Ken Follett is a fantastic storyteller and I can only hope he adds yet another sequel to these two great historical novels.