A novel about the building of a 12th cathedral. Yeah, thats what got me – couldn’t resist it. And its not a bad novel. Follet knows his history as he engagingly tells the story of a master builder whose ambition is to build a cathedral, and whose life changes dramatically, forcing him and his family almost to starvation.
There is the evil villan, William Hamleigh, the scheming bishop Waldren Brigod and the Prior Philip, as they battle each other all for differing motives. The Prior is portrayed as a Godly man who struggles with doubts and motives, but deep down he is a good man.
At 900 pages plus it is along novel, but it is not a boring one.
If you like historical novels then this is a must read. If you have never read a historical novel before then this might be a good place to start.