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    The saga that has enthralled the millions of fans of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.

    Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.

    The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

    Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of 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.

    Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scots lies in wait in Paris. Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.

    Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that 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 the cost.

    ©2016 Ken Follett (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    • John
    • 07/04/2019

    Educational and entertaining

    For someone with only a vague grasp of the politics of England and Western Europe at this time, I enjoyed the historical backdrop to the story. I would understand people with good knowledge of this period being somewhat frustrated, but this book provided me a relaxed way to understand the background to what is the culture I inherited.

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    • Jussi Korhonen
    • 02/12/2019

    Not really part 3 of the Kingsbridge series

    I thought I was going to listen to the third part of the Kingsbridge series, but instead this is more like a Ken Follett's history lesson. It starts off well in Kingsbridge, but suddenly changes completely - it is as if mr. Follett decided he doesn't want to continue the Kingsbridge series after all, but instead is just narrating history. There are several well known historical events, the characters are observing most of them and narrating them to the reader. While that is fairly interesting, it's not really historical fiction any more. This book is similar to the third part of the Century trilogy, where there is little story and the characters are just present in all important historical events.

    I thought book 1 was great, and 2 good - 3 is a lesson of history not set in Kingsbridge (most of the time). As an audiobook, it is still quite good, thanks to the excellent John Lee.

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    • Nick
    • 15/12/2020

    Another classic Kingsbridge saga!

    This was another classic Ken Follett read for me. Full of interesting characters on both sides of the historical divides which Ken is so good at depicting and washing over his fictional Kingsbridge, and its beloved townsfolk and characters.

    I like his interpretation (fictional) of how the real events of the day unfolded, and why, and how the Kingsbridge folk were involved.

    Some of the plot was a little bit predictable, but the characters were full of intrigue and listening to it on Audible with John Lee's narration and superb characterisation and accents - particularly of Piérre Ormonde de Geez ... who was an absolute sleaze! :-)

    Thoroughly enjoyable read/listen! highly recommend for anyone who vaguely enjoyed Pillars of the Earth or World Without End, both of which are not a required pre-read at all.

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    • emily
    • 12/11/2018

    Loved it

    John Lee is a legend & the long awaited 3rd book was worth the wait! #religioustolerance #historical #europe #guyfawkes #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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    • KL
    • 25/03/2018

    A1

    Listened to this book every waking moment I had! Great story by Ken Follett and great storytelling by John Lee!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 24/03/2021

    Excellent and thrilling!

    Fantastic characters and incredible historical research. Excellent book! A thrilling read! I would definitely recommend this series.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04/10/2017

    Long awaited and ......greatly disappointing

    Well known part of history with a few additional characters and a storyline without any real surprises or turns.

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    • Johannes
    • 04/10/2017

    gut zum Geschichte lernen

    eben mal kurz mehr als ein halbes Jahrhundert abgerissen. Aber mit genügend Spannung, Dramatik und Romantik

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 01/05/2018

    I love to listen to John Lee

    John Lee is my favourite speaker. That was the main reason to go for this audio book. I like stories like that, also there were a lot of names to remember. I will buy the third part as well.