A Column of Fire
by Ken Follett
✅ Editor: Pan MacMillan
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The saga that has captivated millions of readers from the pillars of the earth and the endless world now continues with beautiful Ken Follett’s magnificent, gripping Fire Column A ColumnChristmas 1558 and young Ned Willard returns to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.Old stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious hatredEurope is in turmoil as great principles enter into bloody conflict with friendship, loyalty and love and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side of the girl, which he aspires to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against EnglandThe skillful and determined young monarch installs the country’s first secret service to give his warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plansElizabeth knows that seductive, obstinate Mary Queen of Scots is watching in Paris.From a brutally ambitious French family, Mary was proclaimed the legitimate ruler of England, along with her own intriguing supporters to get rid of the new queen.More than a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems condemned, that extremism sparkles violence from Edinburgh to GenevaWith Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small group of resourceful and courageous spies and secret agents, it becomes clear that the real enemies – then like today – are not rival religions.The real battle places those who believe in tolerance and compromise against tyrants who impose their ideas on everyone – regardless of the cost
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