A Column of Fire : The Kingsbridge Novels

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: The Kingsbridge Novels
  • 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of fans with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The saga now continues with Follett's magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.
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, high principles clash bloodily with 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 divide sweeping across 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 precariously 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.
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett's most exciting and ambitious works yet and is perfect both for longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series as well as listeners new to Ken Follett.

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Read this only if you love violence and corruption

Violence, religious intolerance and corruption pervade this story. I suppose there are lessons here about what to avoid in electing someone for office, but they are difficult to take in.
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- Amazon Customer

suberp

Follett as usual does a nasreful job of weaving historical times. persons and personalities into great reading and learning.
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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio