The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is novel can only be an epic due to its size as it is around 1500 pages long. It also covers 50 years of turmoil in English history from the White Ship Disaster 1120 through The Anarchy, to shortly after the Murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. The novel does this by telling the story of a Building of a Cathedral in the priory town of Kingsbridge and how these are affected by the history of the time
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.
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