Author Ken Follett will mark the 25th anniversary of his hugely successful novel The Pillars of the Earth with a cathedral tour. Ken will deliver a lecture entitled Why Cathedrals? at five cathedrals in the UK.
The Pillars of the Earth was the author’s first historical novel. It features a cast of fictional characters placed in a historical background. Set during Britain’s 12th century Anarchy between the time of the sinking of the “White Ship” which saw the death of William Adelin, the only surviving legitimate son and heir of King Henry I of England, and the murder of St. Thomas Becket, the book also focuses on the development of French Gothic architecture.
The Pillars of the Earth was first published in 1989. It became Ken Follett’s best-selling novel and was also adapted into a mini-series.
Ken said: “Many times I have been asked why Pillars has such a big impact. There is no simple answer, because a novel is so complex. But I come back again and again to the people who built the cathedrals. Those men and women were by modern standards, poor and ignorant. They lived in wooden huts and slept on the floor. Yet they created the most beautiful and awesome buildings the world has ever known. Human beings have the capacity to rise above mundane circumstances and touch the eternal.
“That is what Pillars is about and, in the end, I think that may be why it has so profoundly touched the hearts of so many readers for so many years.”
Ken will be appearing at:
Sunday 2nd March – Salisbury Cathedral
Tuesday 11th March – Lincoln Cathedral
Tuesday 18th March – Peterborough Cathedral
Wednesday 26th March – Canterbury Cathedral
Tuesday 1st April – Winchester Cathedral.