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Series Length:1 Season, 8 Episodes
Network: Starz
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The Pillars of the Earth is a mini-series based on a book of the same name. The story focuses around the construction of a cathedral in mid twelfth century England. It guides the viewer through the architectural transformation from Romanesque to Gothic and how the lives of the villagers are affected by this event. Many people were involved in the cathedral building process and unlike today, it took several decades to construct an edifice of such importance and stature. With the intriguing setting of medieval England in the backdrop, viewers are able to learn about the intrigues and challenges involved in such monumental projects from five hundred years' ago.

Not unlike the personal challenges we would experience today where love triangles and financial difficulties take precedence in everyday lives, the opportunities that present themselves are quite different. It is difficult for us to even imagine the challenges of cathedral building using primitive technology.

The movie opens up a new world for the viewer where they can appreciate the hard work that went into surviving and reaching one's goals in a medieval world where the king and the church had unquestionable power over the lives of common folk.

Many viewers may have a sketchy concept of how life was lived so many centuries ago. Viewing it on film allows the viewer to gain a greater appreciation for the skills and courage required to live the medieval lifestyle. The characters bring to life people from the past so that one can better feel the reality of the moment. The actors skillfully bring out the personalities of their characters so that the viewer feels both empathy and disdain for the individuals they are introduced to. Bringing history alive is one of the best ways to gain an appreciation and understanding for the cultures of yesteryear.

Many cathedrals have survived the ravages of war and weather. The ability to look at them with a newfound appreciation will help us to contribute to keeping them maintained for centuries to comes.

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Genre: Mini-Series
Rating: 8.5/10
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  • Eight years have passed and Jack has become obsessed with the idea of building the cathedral which leaves him little time or energy for anything else. Aliena, in turn, remains fixated about recovering her family's right over the distant Earldom of Shiring which has made her marry Alfred, despite she hates the man. Waleran and Alfred plot a plan to get rid of Jack once and for all; it is carried out successfully until some evidence surfaces and ends up fixing all wrongs.

  • As a consequence of his journeys, Jack has figured out a way to fulfill Tom Builder's dream of building a cathedral filled with light. Aliena is able to find Jack by tracking the trail of his carvings. Waleran offers Philip a new position at the price of always doing his will. Regan and William can't stand the sight of a prosperous Kingsbridge and they plan to attack the town but they are counteracted by Richard, Jack and Philip.

  • When Richard returns from war he finds Aliena ruined and unable to support his knighthood. To make things worse, Aliena has to choose between her love for Jack and the promise to her father. Alfred offers his services as master builder to Prior Philip and as consequence, a disaster at Kingsbridge building site follows. Waleran takes advantage of it to remove Prior Philip from his position. Regan Hamleigh finds a way to force Waleran to speak to the King in behalf of her son's long-delayed Earldom.

  • Waleran and Regan engineer the prisoner exchange so that they remain on the winning side of the war. Tom wants...

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