The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

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The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

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The development of the story line, although a bit predictable, is very engaging and makes this book a page turner. The power of men vs men, men vs the church, men vs their king, men vs women, slavery, the have and the have nots, deceit, violence, brutal punishments, lies, love, lust, religion, revenge, strong and weak characters - phew ! The Church is heavily political, owning land, collecting rents and demanding its own version of fealty. And for first-timers like myself, I can say from experience that they have nothing holding them back from diving right in. Corruption abounds, leaving Aldred to turn to others for help, all while fending off those who would see him fail.

In the aftermath of a Viking attack on the coastal town of Combe, a young boatbuilder named Edgar moves with his remaining family to Dreng's Ferry. When this novel begins, Kingsbridge does not exist; we have no bridge, no priory, no market, no guildhouses, no thriving point of commerce. Over 170 million copies of the 36 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.A Norman noblewoman, Ragna, leaves her family, travelling across the sea to marry an English earl whom she loves.

Don’t be intimidated by its size (913 pages) because the flow is so good that you will not even notice the time passing. I liked The Evening and the Morning more than A Column of Fire, but still quite a lot less than the previous two books. Ethelred's primary duty of defending the country from Viking raids creates tension between him and the nobles upon whom he depends to raise and lead armies. Follett has said that he has chosen biblical quotes for the titles of all his Kingsbridge novels as he feels that they have a more powerful and epic feeling.I still have yet to read the third book in the trilogy and reading the prequel has made me want to read it for sure. Even so, The Evening in the Morning seems like it’s on solid ground when it illustrates how hard women had it. We've got the typical Kingsbridge characters: Edgar the Builder, the lower-class but hardworking and lovelorn laborer (who, of course, wins the girl in the end); Ragna, the intelligent damsel-in-distress noblewoman (who gets raped at least once); and Abbot Aldred, the piously downtrodden cleric. It is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth set starting in 997 AD, and covering a period in the late Early Middle Ages and under the backdrop of Viking raids, through the year 1007.

A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. I wasn't sure if I was going to review this book because, honestly, I feel pretty ambivalent towards it.Easy enough … until the morning she looks up in the Theatre and sees strangely marked insects swarming a severed hand in the rafters. The length was somewhat prohibitive for me as I am a slow reader, but I chose a time when I could give it the hours it required, and I’m not sorry I did. The characters and their stories are compelling, and the lens of history fascinating, so the book easily stands on its own.



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