The Pillars of the Earth

I wasn't too impressed with this TV/movie version of the Ken Follett book--not that I've read it. It deals with the many years of making a (fictitious) magnifcient cathedral during England's tumultuous "anarchy" times in the 12th century. I like that it integrated the history of England, its relationship to religion (both corrupt and holy), and details of the elaborateness of construction for that time; however, I just wasn't too moved by it as a whole. Perhaps I would feel differently if I read it, except that I, like many of the time period discussed, am illiterate.