Love, marriage and lose during the Anarchy. Waleran continues his quest to become the Archbishop of Canterbury and William Hamliegh tries to become the Earl of Shiring. Aliena faces a tough decision that involves the future of Richard and the promise she made to her father. Jack and Alfred are at odds and Ellen uses her powers to help Jack. Join us as we continuing our trip through The Pillars of the Earth. This week we recap/review episode six “Witchcraft” of the Starz Original series The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the the 12th century The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of King Stephen’s reign over England and the 19 year period of Anarchy.
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.
Richard returns from war to find his sister penniless and unable to support his knighthood. Alfred offers himself to Prior Philip as master builder. Aliena has to choose between her love for Jack and her oath to her father. Regan forces Waleran to speak to the King about William’s long-delayed Earldom. A disaster at Kingsbridge becomes a way for Waleran to remove Prior Philip from his position.
- Episode Recap
- Episode Review
- History Lesson: What was correct and what was incorrect
- Medieval Surnames
Cast of Characters:
- Ian McShane as Waleran Bigod
- Donald Sutherland as Earl Bartholomew
- Rufus Sewell as Tom Builder
- Matthew Macfadyen as Prior Philip
- Tony Curran as King Stephen
- Alison Pill as Princess Maude
- Sarah Parish as Regan Hamleigh
- Robert Bathurst as Percy Hamleigh
- David Oakes as William Hamleigh
- Goetz Otto as Walter
- Hayley Atwell as Aliena
- Sam Claflin as Richard
- Liam Garrigan as Alfred Builder
- Skye Bennett as Martha Builder
- Gordon Pinsent as the Archbishop
- Eddie Redmayne as Jack Jackson
- Natalia Wörner as Ellen
- Anatole Taubman as Remigius
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