The succession of England's crown is in doubt and causes King Henry's daughter and nephew to compete for the throne. Church politics sees Philip elected the new prior, which leaves him indebted to Deacon Waleran.
Fire destroys Kingsbridge church, giving Tom, son Alfred and stepson Jack the chance to build a new cathedral. Ellen is accused of being a witch. William takes Aliena and Richard by surprise in a brutal attack.
Prior Philip and William find themselves in a standoff over access to the Shiring quarry. Jack's artistic talents take hold. Aliena starts a business to help earn money for Richard's chance to become a knight.
William wants his father's title as earl, but finds a mysterious knight is a rival for the title. King Stephen orders an assassin to kill Jack. Waleran tells Maud the man who betrayed Early Bartholomew is Philip.
Waleran and Regan engineer the prisoner exchange so that they remain on the winning side of the war. Tom wants Jack and Alfred to be friends, but their rivalry over their work lives and Aliena is too intense.
Richard returns from war to find no money to support his knighthood. Aliena has to choose between her love for Jack and her oath to her father. Waleran uses a disaster at Kingsbridge against Prior Philip.
As a result of his journeys, Jack has learned how to build a cathedral filled with light. Waleran offers Philip a new position. Kingsbridge becomes prosperous again, which infuriates William, who plans an attack.
Years later, Jack has become fixated with the cathedral, while Aliena's fixation with the earldom has married her to Alfred, who she hates. Waleran and Alfred develop a plot to get rid of Jack for good.
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The Pillars of the Earth
Emerging from the war-torn shadows of England’s Dark Ages, an idealistic mason sets out on a quest of erecting a glorious Cathedral.
Starring: Ian McShaneMatthew MacfadyenEddie RedmayneHayley AtwellDavid Oakes
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