William applies to have his father's title of Earl transferred to him, and discovers a mysterious knight is also a rival for the Earldom. King Stephen, frightened by Jack's appearance, ... See full summary »

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William applies to have his father's title of Earl transferred to him, and discovers a mysterious knight is also a rival for the Earldom. King Stephen, frightened by Jack's appearance, orders an assassin to kill him. The battle between King Stephen and Maud sees each side's leader being taken hostage. Philip is tortured into a confession when Waleran tells Maud that he is the man who betrayed Earl Bartholomew. Written by Starz Publicity

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Robert of Gloucester was not captured at the Battle of Lincoln at the same time as King Stephen, as shown. Rather, it was Gloucester who took the king into custody. Gloucester's capture happened seven months later, in September 1141, at the Rout of Winchester. See more »

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Stephen: That boy with the red hair. I want him dead by morning.
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Prisoner Drums II
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Failure to show story's brilliance
9 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

This episode fails to show Ken Follet's brilliance in writing "the Pillars of the Earth" for numerous reasons. The level of drama and corniness was absurd and even made me laugh out loud at times. The book's storyline captures and intrigues the audience on it's own without the addition of "made up" plots such as King Stephen hiring an assassin that appears to murder Jack as well as Bishop Waleran forcing Prior Phillip to confess while being tortured only to be left to a hanging. The only thing keeping me watching is how fun it is to point out the outlandishness of each scene and comical it really is. Any non-reader of the actual book would not think twice about picking it up after viewing this mini-series. So far episode #4 = "Worst episode ever."


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