A Column of Fire

A Column of Fire

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In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down upon a city torn by religious strife. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, kings and citizens clash and test friendship, loyalty and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposite sides in the religious conflict that divides the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all of Europe turns against England. The intelligent and determined young monarch founds the country`s first secret service to warn her of assassinations, rebellions and invasion plans at an early stage. For half a turbulent century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism from Edinburgh to Geneva ignites violence. Elizabeth clings to her throne and principles, protected by a small devoted group of enterprising spies and brave secret agents. The real enemies then as now are not the rival religions. The real struggle is with those who believe in tolerance and compromise against tyrants who would impose their ideas on anyone else, whatever the cost. A Column of Fire takes place in one of the most turbulent and revolutionary periods in history and is one of Follett`s most exciting and ambitious works . It delights longtime fans of the Kingsbridge range and is the perfect entry point for Ken Follett newbies.

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