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Set in 12th-century England, this eight-hour miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-seller begins when a mysterious secret disrupts the succession to the English throne and an unlikely member of King Henry's family assumes power. As battles are waged for the rightful heir, Bishop Waleran Bigod and the Hamleighs manipulate the conflict to meet their own needs. Meanwhile, a fire destroys Kingsbridge church, giving master builder Tom, son Alfred and stepson Jack the chance to fulfill diocese leader Prior Philip's lifelong dream of building a magnificent new cathedral. The bishop, though, has other ideas, creating an epic test of passion versus greed ... and ultimately revealing the long-hidden secret.

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Jack has become fixated with the cathedral, while Aliena's fixation with the Earldom has married her to Alfred, whom she hates. Waleran and Alfred develop a plot to get rid of Jack for good.
aired 44 days ago
As a result of his journeys, Jack has learned how to build a cathedral filled with light. Waleran offers Philip a new position. Kingsbridge becomes prosperous again which infuriates William, who plans an attack.
aired 44 days ago
Richard returns from war to find no money to support his knighthood. Aliena has to choose between her love for Jack and her oath to her father. Waleran uses a disaster at Kingsbridge against Prior Philip.
aired 44 days ago
Waleran and Regan engineer the prisoner exchange so that they remain on the winning side of the war; Tom wants Jack and Alfred to be friends, but their rivalry over their work lives and Aliena is too intense.
aired 44 days ago
William wants his father's title of earl but finds a mysterious knight is a rival for the title; King Stephen orders an assassin to kill Jack; Waleran tells Maud that the man who betrayed Earl Bartholomew is Philip.
aired 44 days ago
Fire destroys Kingsbridge church, giving Tom, son Alfred and stepson Jack the chance to build a new cathedral; Ellen is accused of being a witch; William takes Aliena and Richard by surprise in a brutal attack.
aired 44 days ago
The succession of England's crown is in doubt and causes King Henry's daughter and nephew to compete for the throne; church politics see Philip elected the new prior, which leaves him indebted to Deacon Waleran.
aired 369 days ago
Prior Philip and William find themselves in a standoff over access to the Shiring quarry; Jack's artistic talents take hold; Aliena starts a business to help earn money for Richard's chance to become a knight.

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