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Princess Maude seems to have gained the upper hand having defeated King Stephen on the battlefield and taken him prisoner. However, her brother, Gloucester, has been taken prisoner by the ... See full summary »


Ken Follett (based on the book by), John Pielmeier (written for television by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Waleran Bigod
Rufus Sewell ... Tom Builder
Matthew Macfadyen ... Philip
Eddie Redmayne ... Jack
Hayley Atwell ... Aliena
Sarah Parish ... Regan Hamleigh
Natalia Wörner ... Ellen
Anatole Taubman ... Remigius
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ... Cuthbert
Robert Bathurst ... Percy Hamleigh
Clive Wood ... King Henry I
Sam Claflin ... Richard
Liam Garrigan ... Alfred
David Oakes ... William Hamleigh
Götz Otto ... Walter


Princess Maude seems to have gained the upper hand having defeated King Stephen on the battlefield and taken him prisoner. However, her brother, Gloucester, has been taken prisoner by the other side, and a prisoner exchange is arranged. It doesn't go well and the self-styled Empress Maude and King Stephen are again at war. Philip's life is saved when his brother unexpectedly arrives in Lincoln. He manages to get access to the quarry to complete the cathedral and also a license to hold a market. Aliena's suggestion that they hold a fleece fair in direct competition with Shiring has tragic results. Jack and a jealous Alfred continue to fight and bicker and force Tom to choose between them. Bishop Waleran reveals his true ambition. Written by garykmcd

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Regan Hamleigh: Get him to stop the fair.
Waleran Bigod: Dear lady, the fair will begin as planned, but it will not end as planned.
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The wooden Madonna who cries!!
11 March 2020 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

Unfortunately this series with eight chapters were rearranged in four here in Brazil, somehow by financial reasons, to sell it as feature film, what a shame, they should keep it as originally conceived, then this episode encompass two chapters Battlefield & Legacy, the main focus certainly the death of Tom the builder by William Hamleigh's raid at fleece fair, after that Alfred convinces Philip that him is enough skillful to carry on his father's job, such position gave to Alfred what's waiting for, to offer a fair proposal to marry Aliena involving money to her brother, meanwhile Jack and Aliena had love night, he went away to France, the Church got a bold new stone roof, sadly too heavy and collapse on opening party with a massive presence of people, the King and the Waleran, who end up in disgrace afterwards, Aliena has a Jack's child and was expelled from Alfred's house, she goes away toward to France, following Jack's steps, who is working at Saint Deny's newest cathedral, there he learning thru a book mathematical calculations to apply on construction engineering on stones, Aliena finds Jack, on the way back to England on French ground he meets his father's family, he sculpts a wooden Madonna and put on her eyes a sort of cry stone, takes it to Kingsbridge's forgotten church, a new miracle just come out!!


First watch: 2020 / How many: 1 / DVD / Rating: 8.5

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