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The Evening and the Morning Reviews

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

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

Ken Follett

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1 review

Imprint: Macmillan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 15 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781447278788

The thrilling novel from the No.1 Internationally bestselling author Ken Follett. An epic, addictive historical masterpiece that begins in 997 CE and is set against the background of the medieval church and one man's ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning.

1 Prize for The Evening and the Morning

The British Book Awards
2021 Shortlist: Fiction Book of the Year

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2 stars out of 5
26 Sep 2020

"Horrible Histories for adults, with a plot attached"

After reading this prequel, in what is now a four-book sequence, I know about pre-1066 political relations with the Normans and the Vikings. I know about the delicate social rules in a time when England was polygamous and slavery was legal. I know, as one would expect from a series that focuses on builders, a fair bit about 10th-century construction methods. And I know all this while also having my education leavened by hissable baddies, noble heroes and pox-ridden bishops receiving hand jobs from prostitutes while watching other prostitutes getting spanked.