The Pillars of the Earth is an exceptional book and the TV series last year was gripping – I have blogged about this before but worth repeating. Ken Follett is a master of story telling and around the attempt to build this church is woven a tale of intrigue and murder set in the so-called ‘Great Anarchy‘ that gripped England during the troubled reign of King Stephen. This king was forced to fight the daughter of the preceding king of England and Normandy, Henry I, and the civil war was only resolved when he agreed to let her son, Henry, become king after his death – even though Stephen had a son of his own.
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Broadcaster and award short-listed author. Appearances on the History Channel and UKTV talking about the Knights Templar and other popular history topics. Former BBC producer and communications consultant to the UK government. Second edition of The Battle for British Islam (Saqi Books) out in June 2018. View all posts by Tony McMahon