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 :, Viking,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525954972
Characteristics: 916 pages :,map ;,25 cm.


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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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