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Ken Follett World Without End Ep

Ken Follett World Without End Ep

World Without End is a historical fiction novel by Welsh author Ken Follett, published in 2007. It is the second book in the Kingsbridge Series, and the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, which was published in 1989. The novel follows the lives of four children and their descendants in the medieval town of Kingsbridge, England, during the 14th century. The novel covers two major historical events: the start of the Hundred Years' War and the outbreak of the Black Death.

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In 2012, a television miniseries based on the novel was released, starring Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, and Tom Weston-Jones. The miniseries was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and consisted of eight episodes, each about an hour long. The miniseries differs significantly from the novel in both the plot and characterizations.

Plot summary of the novel

The novel begins in 1327, when four children - Merthin, Caris, Gwenda, and Ralph - witness two men-at-arms killed by Sir Thomas Langley, a fugitive knight who is carrying a secret letter. Sir Thomas buries the letter in the forest and seeks refuge in the Kingsbridge monastery, where he becomes a monk. The children swear to keep what they saw a secret.

Ten years later, Merthin and Caris are in love, but their relationship is complicated by their different ambitions and social statuses. Merthin is a talented carpenter who wants to build a new bridge for Kingsbridge, but he faces opposition from his master and the corrupt prior Godwyn, who is Caris's cousin. Caris is a visionary woman who wants to study medicine and run a hospital, but she is hindered by the patriarchal society and the church. Ralph, Merthin's brother, is a violent and ambitious squire who serves Earl Roland of Shiring, while Gwenda is a poor peasant who loves Wulfric, a handsome farmer from her village.

The novel spans over 40 years, during which the characters face various challenges and conflicts, such as war, plague, famine, injustice, betrayal, love, and loss. The novel also depicts the historical events that shaped England and Europe at that time, such as the rise and fall of King Edward II and his wife Queen Isabella, the rebellion of Roger Mortimer, the coronation of King Edward III and his wars with France and Scotland, the emergence of John Wycliffe and his followers (the Lollards), and the devastating effects of the Black Death.

Plot summary of the miniseries

The miniseries follows a similar storyline as the novel, but with some major changes and omissions. For example:

  • Sir Thomas Langley is revealed to be King Edward II himself, who faked his death and escaped from prison with the help of his loyal knight Sir Thomas Colley.

  • Caris becomes a nun after being accused of witchcraft by Godwyn, who also tries to rape her.

  • Ralph kills Wulfric's father and brother and takes over their land.

  • Gwenda becomes Ralph's mistress after he saves her from being hanged for stealing.

  • Mother Cecilia (Miranda Richardson), the prioress of Kingsbridge convent, dies from the plague.

  • Maud (Megan Follows), Merthin's lover and Caris's friend, is killed by Ralph.

  • Mattie Wise (Indira Varma), a healer and Caris's mentor, survives the plague.

  • Merthin builds a bell tower for Kingsbridge cathedral instead of a bridge.

  • Ralph becomes Earl of Shiring after killing Earl Roland.

  • Caris and Merthin get married after Pope Clement VI grants them dispensation.

  • Ralph is killed by Wulfric in a duel.

  • The secret letter that Sir Thomas Langley buried contains proof that Edward III is not the legitimate son of Edward II.

Reception and reviews

The novel received mostly positive reviews from critics and readers, who praised Follett's storytelling skills, historical accuracy, and character development. The novel was a bestseller in several countries, and won the 2008 Corine Literature Prize in Germany.

The miniseries received mixed reviews from critics and viewers, who compared it unfavorably to the novel and to the previous miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. Some of the criticisms were directed at the changes and cuts made to the original story, the poor quality of the special effects, and the lack of chemistry between some of the actors. However, some reviewers also praised the production values, the costumes, and the performances of some of the cast members.


  • World Without End (Follett novel) - Wikipedia

  • World Without End (miniseries) - Wikipedia

  • World Without End by Ken Follett - Goodreads

  • Ken Follett Bibliography World Without End

  • World Without End: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

  • World Without End - TV Review - Common Sense Media


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