Pillars of the Earth

Starring: Ian McShane

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by Ed on 1/20/2014

Wish I'd seen this miniseries before it is that good. Of course I have since learned that the arches shown in the church at Kingsbridge did not exist in the 12 th century..took a while for them to reach England from Europe proper. Though they call one of the main characters Maud in this series, her real name was Mathilda and she was an Empress by the way. Her son Henry became known to the world as Henry II, Emperor and King. Think Thomas a Beckett. Also, this same Henry II was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine. His son Richard ( the Lion heart ) served in the Crusades and his son John ended up signing Magna Carta in 1215 AD. Royalty in England were not called Your Majesty in England until several centuries later...it was more proper to address a king as My Lord, the King, or Sire.

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Ken follett's best-selling novel is faithfully brought to life in this epic miniseries. While the heirs to king henry's throne battle for supremacy, an idealistic young mason attempts to build a cathedral capable of shining the way out from the dark ages!


Studio Sony
SKU 217287446
UPC 043396360587
UPC 14 00043396360587
Format DVD
Release Date 3/20/2012
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
Note Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell headline this eight-part miniseries adapted from the best-selling novel by author Ken Follett. As England moves out of the Dark Ages, the tensions between ambitious mason Tom Builder (Sewell), Bishop Waleran Bigod (McShane), and the heirs of King Stephen (Toony Curran), King Henry (Clive Wood), and Queen Maud (Alison Pill) come to a head when Builder's plan to construct an opulent cathedral threaten to trudge up some damning secrets that the royal families would rather remain buried.
Ian McShane
Cast & Crew
Ian McShane - Star
Rufus Sewell - Co-Star
Donald Sutherland - Co-Star
Gordon Pinsent - Co-Star
Natalia Woerner - Co-Star
Gotz Otto - Co-Star
Alison Pill - Co-Star
Tony Curran - Co-Star
Matthew MacFadyen - Co-Star
Sarah Jannett Parish - Co-Star
Eddie Redmayne - Co-Star
Hayley Atwell - Co-Star
Sam Claflin - Co-Star
Skye Lourie - Co-Star
David Oakes - Co-Star
Gabor Piroch - Stunt Coordinator
Attila Szalay - Director of Photography
Ken Follett - Source Writer
Trevor Morris - Composer
Egon Endrenyi - Photography
Gergo Balika - Production Manager/UPM
Colleen Quinton - Makeup
Pierre Theriault - Post-Production Supervisor
Philip Chipera - Assistant Director
Robert Bathurst - Co-Star
Franco Fumagalli - Set Decorator
John Pielmeier - Screenwriter
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396360587
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 428 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Subtitled, Dubbed
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Video Format DVD

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