This epic tale of passion and greed begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English crown and an unlikely member of King Henry's family takes the throne. A power struggle between Henry's daughter, Maud, and nephew, Stephen, causes England to be torn by war as battles rage for the rightful heir. Meanwhile, Bishop Waleran Bigod and the Hamleigh family manipulate the conflict to satisfy their own ruthless ambitions. Within this tumultuous setting, Prior Philip fights insurmountable obstacles to keep Kingsbridge and his dream of building a magnificent cathedral alive. The task is daunting, but master-mason Tom Builder, his gifted stepson, Jack, and noblewoman Aliena work together to achieve their dreams. And in the process, the long-hidden secret is revealed.
Nov 15, 2015 10:05PM EST

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You need to know a little about history to really appreciate this mini-series. For those who do, the sets and costumes are quite authentic to the period. It is a great story, but it is even better when you understand what was happening with King Edward II, his queen, Isabella and her paramour's (Mortimer) efforts to depose Edward from the throne to put her son, Edward III in power. My only gripe, which is common in period pieces, is that most of the cast look too well-washed and have perfect teeth. They sleep in caves and rarely bathe but look great. I shower at night, sleep in down comforters and look like the swamp woman when I wake up. Just sayin',


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