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    Chris
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    Did anyone watch this mini series? What did you think? I thought it was incredibly well made but I haven't read Ken Follett's book to make a comparison between them. I bought the dvd last year and thoroughly enjoyed watching it and I am looking forward to the follow on story World Without End, which tales place in the same fictional town of Kingsbridge but is set 200 years later with the descendants of the characters from Pillars.I like the comparison the cathedral in the story shares with that of Salisbury Cathedral.

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    Tim the Enchanter
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    I havent read the book either but I thought the mini series was surprisingly well done.  Good blend of historical fiction and regular made up fiction.  I havent seen much written on the Anarchy so it was fun tow watch and learn about a new time period.  I was annoyed they changed her name from Matilda to Maude though…

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    Chris
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    I think finding a balance between actual history and fiction can be tricky to pull off but I this miniseries did it justice. All I know of The Anarchy is what I have seen in this production and I found it thoroughly engrossing. I am not sure either why the felt the need to change Matilda to Maude and I am sure also that some specialist in this field will probably have a few things to say about certain accuracies (or inaccuracies so to speak) of the historical part, however, it is just a story and an entertaining one at that even though it is set in such brutal times. Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Natalia Wörner, Tony Curran and Eddie Redmayne gave some brilliant performances but in fact the whole cast was a great ensemble.

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    anonymous
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    I think finding a balance between actual history and fiction can be tricky to pull off but I this miniseries did it justice. All I know of The Anarchy is what I have seen in this production and I found it thoroughly engrossing. I am not sure either why the felt the need to change Matilda to Maude and I am sure also that some specialist in this field will probably have a few things to say about certain accuracies (or inaccuracies so to speak) of the historical part, however, it is just a story and an entertaining one at that even though it is set in such brutal times. Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Natalia Wörner, Tony Curran and Eddie Redmayne gave some brilliant performances but in fact the whole cast was a great ensemble.

    I thought Matilda was also known as Maude; also, she is referred to as Maude in the Cadfael tv series, I seem to recall.

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