MAP#18 – Pillars of the Earth 5: “Legacy”

Pillars of the Earth series
Tragedy strikes during The Anarchy! (Which is probably why it’s called Anarchy) Maud and Stephen are still battling for power. As Prior Philip and Tom Builder try to build the cathedral at Kingsbridge. All the while Waleran and the Hamleigh’s are trying to stop them at every opportunity. Join us as we continuing our trip through The Pillars of the Earth. This week we recap/review episode five “Legacy” 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.

Pillars of the Earth Synopsis

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.

Episode 5 “Legacy”

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 work and Aliena is too intense. Meanwhile, William decides to attack Kingsbridge to stop the fleece fair and Aliena’s success. The Hamleighs and Prior Philip are granted rights to Shiring land but at a price. Alfred’s jealousy of Jack reaches new heights.



Topics Discussed:

  • Episode Recap
  • Episode Review
  • History Lesson: What was correct and what was incorrect
    • Prince Eustace
    • Empress Maud
    • Prince Henry

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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