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A Column of Fire : The Kingsbridge Novels - Ken Follett

A Column of Fire

The Kingsbridge Novels

Paperback Published: 24th April 2018
ISBN: 9781447278740
Number Of Pages: 768

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The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.

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.

Industry Reviews

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 * A thundering ride though history * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * A huge read, perfect for long winter nights. * Choice * 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 * 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 * Follett's storytelling skills make their adventures riveting. * The Times *

ISBN: 9781447278740
ISBN-10: 1447278747
Series: The Kingsbridge Novels
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 5.6
Weight (kg): 0.93

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Ken Follett

About the Author


Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote The Eye of the Needle, the award-winning novel which became an international bestseller and a distinguished film. Before that he had been a newspaper reporter and a publishing executive after studying philosophy at University College, London. He has since written eleven equally successful novels and the non-fiction bestseller On Wings of Eagles. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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