A Column of Fire

A Column of Fire

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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525954972
052595497X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Fol
Characteristics: 916 pages : map ; 25 cm

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elos
Dec 02, 2017

Well it took a long time for Follett to get this written and published, but it's here and it's great. It was exactly what I was hoping for and expecting from this author.

AL_KATHRYN Nov 26, 2017

This is book number three in the Kingsbridge series. I enjoyed the book, but in covering 50 years of divisive English history I think the author was covering too long of a period of history in one book. There is a whipsaw feeling to this book, "We're protestant! No, we're Catholic!" Which can be disconcerting. I think the author would have been better off turning the subject into two books

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laphampeak
Nov 16, 2017

Follett sure has a lot to say and I'm amazed at the diligence he exerts in this story. As a reader I am taken deep into history and families and politics of the time. For his literary expression I give him high ratings. However, I read a book recently about the same time period and with so many good/great books that just became available I decided to let this one go at about page 400. A commendable read and worthy if one has the fortitude to finish.

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cknightkc
Oct 18, 2017

There is no doubt that author Ken Follett has a gift for storytelling. It could be the influence of his recent Century Trilogy, but in this latest installment of the Kingsbridge Series he sacrifices the depth which worked so well in THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and WORLD WITHOUT END for a larger scope. Instead of focusing on the lives and personal dramas of the fictional Kingsbridge citizens and placing the politics of the time in the background, A COLUMN OF FIRE is more about history than the characters. Unlike previous books in the series, the majority of the action in COLUMN takes place outside of Kingsbridge - in France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the New World. Also at times there is a curious use of modern language and ways of speaking in the characters’ dialogue that seems at odds with the time period in which this novel is set. Even though I found A COLUMN OF FIRE to be the weakest of the 3 books in the Kingsbridge series, I enjoyed it nonetheless and would still recommend it to fans of historic fiction.

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geniegu859
Oct 03, 2017

Follett is a master storyteller and this epic novel meets all expectations. About two-thirds of the way through the 510 pages, though, it began to become tiresome. But then, it must have been much more so for those who lived during those tumultous days in history. Told in a manner during the reign of Queen Elizabeth that I had not read previously, I was taken by the religious ferver and persecution throughout Europe during those years. Though a historical novel it is character driven by men and women with strong beliefs and indomitable spirit. The story is dominated by two families-the Willards and the Fitzgeralds one of them Protestent and the other fiercely Catholic. Unfortunately Ned Willard is in love with Margery Fitzgerald and that is just the beginning of the conflict between the two families.

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Oct 18, 2017

“When a man is certain that he knows God’s will, and is resolved to do it regardless of the cost, he is the most dangerous person in the world.” - p. 200

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