The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is the definition of an epic epoch. Not only is this book centered around a specific time period--The Middle Ages--during the building of the cathedrals in Europe, it is a stunning volume of intrigue, scandal, and history-based story-telling. Do not be discouraged by the almost 1,000 page length. This book is one that consumes as you consume it.
This book contains graphic language, violence, and sexual content. Be discerning.