Chapters of The Pillars of the Earth pdf
Chapter 1: Aliena and Jack arrive in Kingsbridge. They witness the hanging of their father, Earl Bartholomew.
Chapter 2: Prior Philip meets Tom Builder and asks him to construct a cathedral in Kingsbridge. Tom agrees and starts planning.
Chapter 3: Aliena and Richard hire a cart to transport them to Shiring. They encounter William Hamleigh, an arrogant nobleman, who attempts to rape Aliena.
Chapter 4: Tom Builder and his family reach Kingsbridge and start construction on the cathedral. They face challenges, including lack of funds and opposition from the Hamleigh family.
Chapter 5: Prior Philip travels to Winchester to obtain permission from the bishop for the cathedral. He faces resistance from Bishop Waleran and is denied permission.
Chapter 6: Aliena and Richard struggle to survive in Shiring. Aliena starts working at the market while Richard becomes a knight.
Chapter 7: Kingsbridge faces a fire that destroys many houses. The fire reveals the power struggle between the Hamleigh family and Prior Philip, who suspects them of arson.
Chapter 8: Alfred, Tom’s son, becomes a novice under Prior Philip’s guidance. Tom and his family continue to work on the cathedral, facing financial challenges.
Chapter 9: Aliena and Richard reunite in Kingsbridge. They plan to take revenge on William Hamleigh, who is now married to Aliena’s sister, Elizabeth.
Chapter 10: Kingsbridge experiences a famine, and Prior Philip struggles to feed the people. He seeks help from Percy Hamleigh but is met with indifference.
Chapter 11: Tom Builder dies while working on the cathedral. His son, Jack, takes over as the master builder. Meanwhile, Aliena gives birth to a son.
Chapter 12: Prior Philip receives the news of the Hamleigh family’s plan to attack Kingsbridge. He prepares for the siege, ensuring the safety of the cathedral and its inhabitants.
Chapter 13: William Hamleigh attacks Kingsbridge, causing destruction and chaos. The townspeople defend their city, and William is defeated and captured.
Chapter 14: Aliena and Richard marry. The cathedral is completed, and Kingsbridge celebrates its grand opening. The book concludes with the beginning of a new era for Kingsbridge and its inhabitants.
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