Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pillars Of The Earth

I just finished watching an excellent series called Pillars of the Earth, which is based on the book by Ken Follet. (At the moment, it is free to stream on Netflix) It is set in the 1100's during a period of unrest. There is a fight over the English crown between Steven and Maud.

But there are several story lines in the series. It's about a mother's fearless love for her son. Her willingness to sacrifice everything for him.

The use of God's name for the greater good.

And for personal gain.

All the while there is a cathedral being built in Kingsbridge, headed by Tom Builder and supported by Philip, Prior of Kingsbridge. The construction spans several decades just as the story does.

There are various hardships as the construction goes on. Issues with finding stone, dealing with corrupt officials, and building a type of cathedral that had never been created before.

And all the while there is a boy whose destiny intertwines with the corruption of the church and the building of the cathedral.

There are many other lives and stories built into the series. But rather than spoil anything, I'll just recommend that you watch it. There are so many twists and turns, I was enthralled the entire time. On occasion I'll take a break from a series half way through. Not this time. I had to force myself away from watching this so I could actually get to bed at a decent hour.


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