Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Evening and the Morning (February 2021)

By Ken Follett

March 18, 2021

The Evening and the Morning is an epic story that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

A Time of Conflict

It is 997CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Walsh in the west and the Vikings in the east.  Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will – often in conflict with the monarchy.  With the king’s grip on the country fragile and with no clear rule of law, chaos and bloodshed resign.

Three Lives Intertwined

Into this uncertain world three people come to the fore: a young boatbuilder, who dreams of a better future when a devastating Viking raid shatters the life that he and the woman he loves hoped for; a Norman noblewoman, who follows her beloved husband across the sea to a new land only to find her life there shockingly different; and a capable monk at Shiring Abbey, who dreams of transforming his humble home into a centre of learning throughout Europe.

The Dawn of  a New Age

Now with England at the dawn of the Middle Ages, these three people will each come into dangerous conflict with a ruthless bishop, who will do anything to increase his wealth and power, in an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, death and birth, and love and hate.

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