A Column of Fire - The Kingsbridge Novels (Hardback)Ken Follett (author)
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Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.
The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.
Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans. Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scots lies in wait in Paris. Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.
Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that the real enemies - then as now - are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else - no matter the cost.
An internationally bestselling novelist with many strings to his bow, Ken Follett began his writing career with Eye of the Needle, the first of many popular contemporary thrillers. He then surprised his readers by writing The Pillars of the Earth, an epic set in the Middle Ages set around the building of a cathedral. The novel was phenomenally popular, spawning two sequels: World Without End and 2017’s A Column of Fire. Further thrillers have followed as well as the ambitious series The Century Trilogy, a history of the Twentieth Century through the lives of five families: Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 985 g
Dimensions: 241 x 159 x 50 mm
Deploying a substantial cast of characters, Follett unrolls a familiar history of religious and political ferment and turns it into accessible and enjoyable fiction * Daily Mail *
This triumphant saga, begun almost 30 years ago with The Pillars Of The Earth, moves across England to Scotland, France and the New World * Sunday Express *
A sumptuous slice of swashbuckling Elizabethan romance * Mail on Sunday *
The characters, both fictional and real, are fascinating, and the Tudor period setting holds its own special allure. This is a novel that fans of historical fiction will savour and cherish * National *
A huge read, perfect for long winter nights * Choice *
A thundering ride through history * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
Follett has once more lit the touch paper of English history and allowed it to explode across the pages in in all its vivid technicolour * Lancashire Evening Post *
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