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A Column of Fire

A Column of Fire

(Book #3 in the Kingsbridge series)

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Book Overview: A Column of Fire

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent epic, A Column of Fire--the chronological latest in the Kingsbridge series, following The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and the prequel, The Evening and the Morning.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Absorbing . . . impossible to resist." --The Washington Post

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all 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. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

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 what the cost.

Exciting and ambitious, and set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and serve as the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.

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ISBN-1397804514779969780525954972
ISBN-100451477995052595497X
PublisherPanViking
Publication Date20182017
EditionFirst Edition
Languageenen
Pages928928
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

"Deeply researched . . . compelling . . . A Column of Fire is absorbing, painlessly educational, and a great deal of fun."
--The Washington Post

"Follett's historical epics, including this one, evoke the Romantic adventures of Alexandre Dumas. Derring-do and double-crosses . . . A Column of Fire burns bright throughout."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Full of adventure and suspense, A Column of Fire is an inspiring and thrilling portrait of one of Europe's most perilous times in history."
--BookPage

"Fans of Follett's epic sagas The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, set in the Middle Ages in the fictional city of Kingsbridge, will be thrilled by this latest installment."
--New York Post

"[Follett is a] master of the sweeping, readable epic."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"English-history mavens will find much to savor in Follett's third Kingsbridge novel."
--AARP The Magazine

"A fiery tale set in the latter half of the sixteenth century . . . As always, Follett excels in historical detailing, transporting readers back in time with another meaty historical blockbuster."
--Booklist

"An immersive journey through the tumultuous world of 16th century Europe and some of the bloodiest religious wars in history. Follett's sprawling novel is a fine mix of heart-pounding drama and erudite historicism."
--Publishers Weekly

Ken Follett, a renowned British author, is celebrated for his enthralling historical novels and thriller books which have earned him global recognition and commercial success over the course of his four-decade career. Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, Follett’s interest in literature was stimulated at an early age, leading him to study philosophy at University College London. After completing his degree, he delved into journalism before plunging himself into the world of publishing, where he found his true calling. Follett sprang to prominence with the publication of his extraordinary novel, 'The Eye of the Needle', in 1978, which catapulted him into the bestseller list and won him the prestigious Edgar Award. His other notable works include the 'Kingsbridge Series' and the 'Century Trilogy', with each book masterfully interweaving history and fiction in a compelling narrative. Ken's literary prowess and ability to deeply engage his readers have seen his books translated into more than 30 languages and sold over 160 million copies worldwide. Despite his illustrious career, Follett has remained modest and genuinely passionate about writing. His dedication to his craft is evident in his richly detailed narratives that transport readers back in time, providing a window into different historical epochs. His legacy in literature continues to inspire future generations of authors, with his work bridging both the commercial and literary world, cementing his status as one of the most respected contemporary authors of our time.

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