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Notre-Dame

A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals
Narrated by: Ken Follett
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Categories: History, European
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"The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking." (Ken Follett)

In this short, spellbinding book, international best-selling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world - the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels, The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fondation du Patrimoine.

©2019 Ken Follett (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Follett knows a thing or two about medieval cathedrals, having structured his Kingsbridge series around the building of one such architectural wonder...Fans of Follett and cathedrals alike will enjoy his exploration of the great Parisian edifice - and will want more.” (Kirkus, starred review)

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Fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed the history lessons over the course of time. Would most definitely recommend.

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Short, but Educational

Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors and I loved his novel, "Pillars of the Earth." In this short book written after the burning of Notre-Dame, Follett talks about his love of and research about cathedrals. I enjoyed Ken Follett's reading of the audio version of this book.