Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth came out on film. The book was outstanding. I actually never watched the films. The setting is twelfth century England, and the main characters are a stone mason and his family. The story covers several generations. I read it in the early nineties before Oprah discovered it and inspired a revival of the book which then led to the film version. The book is on my all time favorite shelf.
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