The Evening and the Morning

The popular Kingsbridge series Started in 1989 when Writer Ken Follett, Famous for high-octane thrillers and spy puzzles, printed The Pillars of the Earth, a book about building a 12th-century church. It became a hit, and two books finally followed: World Without End in 2007 and A Column of Fire in 2017.

With this latest installment, fans of this series will be thrilled to revisit Their beloved medieval town. But people who have yet to read some of the previous books need not worry: The Evening and the Morning is a prequel.

The secret to writing a successful series is to give the reader more of The identical variation. It is a hint Follett has mastered this series, which spans several centuries. The figures are distinct in each entry, yet they share the identical link to Kingsbridge’s city — née Dreng’s Ferry.

The similarities also come from Follett’s hierarchical characters, an expert in Developing relatable characters, creates with ability. We begin the journey in the year 997 with Edgar, the next son of a boatbuilder, whose plans to run away with the girl he loves are put to an end by a Viking raid. Edgar’s father and girlfriend are dead in its wake, and the household has lost its organization. Edgar, his two brothers, and their mother must fight the odds against desire by getting farmers in a little town named Dreng’s Ferry.

Other characters include Lady Ragna, the daughter of a Norman count Whose life changes when she marries an Englishman, and Aldred, a monk who expects to construct a vast center of learning for the noble cause of expanding knowledge:

“One day, he whined, the Scriptorium is a dedicated room, heated by a fire, where a dozen monks would work all day at copying and illuminating.”

On the way, we also fulfill Bishop Wynstam and his loved ones. They Represent power, both spiritual and economic. The political undercurrent through the publication runs deep and, on many occasions, shows how decisions made at the top have dire consequences on the lives of the poor.

Throughout this period in European history, England was at the mercy of Invaders from two sides: from the west, the Welsh, who arrived every couple of years; and by the east, the Vikings, who instilled terror in folks who, in turn, reacted by clinging to their lords for justice and security.

The lifestyles of Edgar, Ragna, Aldred, and Wynstam cross paths as they go up Against challenges, some in intricate conflict together. Follett adroitly captures life in the 10th century, from the beliefs of the time — e.g., that girls would only become pregnant when they enjoyed sexual intercourse — to the transcendence of witnessing a birth:

“A powerful emotion Possessed Edgar he couldn’t name. He was awed by what he was seeing. His throat constricted as if he were about to weep, yet he wasn’t sad; in actuality, he felt joyous.”

As for the”differences” that make this book a meaningful improvement to The show, readers will notice, first of all, the building projects depicted. Previous installments consist of large building businesses — a church, a bridge, and a tower — that comprises several smaller (though no less troublesome) ones. Yet, they’re no longer the middle of the story.


This change in formulation impacts the passing of time at the publication; The Evening and the Morning covers a mere ten decades, from 997 to 1007. But never fear: While the deadline is shorter, the page count remains substantial. Fans of this Kingsbridge series will find, together with big revelations, many Easter eggs buried in apparently throwaway lines. And this time around, we finally get to see Leper Island in its heyday and learn how the city got its namesake bridge.