A COL­UMN OF FIRE by Ken Fol­lett, Macmil­lan.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

Here’s a whop­ping chunk of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion to fill your sum­mer with spies, killers, kings, queens, and ev­ery­day he­roes. And no one brings cen­turies-old drama to life as ex­hil­a­rat­ingly or as vo­lu­mi­nously as Ken Fol­lett. The au­thor of the much-loved me­dieval saga The Pil­lars of the Earth sets the scene, once again, in the fic­tional vil­lage of Kings­bridge. It’s now 1558 and the reign of the “bloody” Mary I is end­ing. Our hero Ned Wil­lard is de­ter­mined to help her half-sis­ter Elizabeth I cre­ate a world in which no one is killed for his or her be­liefs. What sets this book apart is its breadth. From the wealth and tyranny of Catholic Spain to the vi­cious­ness and am­bi­tion of the Guise fam­ily of France, Fol­lett puts the El­iz­a­bethan world in its Euro­pean con­text and recre­ates the tri­umphs and tragedies of the time in all their glory.

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