A Column of Fire - Part Four (1583-1589): 22 (651-679) Summary & Analysis

Follett, Ken
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Ten years later, Ned admires his only son Roger, as he and Sylvie have been unable to conceive. He wishes he could help Roger as he begins his teen years. Roger calls Ned his uncle, and asks why the Queen hates Catholics. Ned says she does not hate them, even though she makes Bart pay a fine for going to church. Ned tells Roger that Elizabeth wanted a country where no man would die for his religion, and struggles against Puritans who believe she is too soft and Catholics who want to kill her. Roger asks if priests are being executed for converting people. While Ned is pleased that Roger is willing to talk to him, he wonders why Roger is so concerned. Ned had questioned seventeen priests over the years, and Ned had questioned all of them before they were...

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