Weapons of Light: Ken Follett’s Epic Journey Through a Changing England

On September 26th, a highly anticipated literary work is set to launch worldwide, simultaneously released in Italy by Mondadori. “Weapons of Light” is the latest masterpiece from renowned British author Ken Follett, celebrated for his global popularity with 36 published books and over 188 million copies sold worldwide.

Set against the backdrop of 18th and 19th-century England, spanning the years from 1792 to 1824, “Weapons of Light” immerses readers in a period of profound transformation. This era witnesses the clash between rapid progress and deeply entrenched rural traditions, as a determined despotic government seeks to transform England into a formidable trading empire.

The narrative unfolds in Kingsbridge, a town that undergoes rapid industrialization, leading to the displacement of its once-thriving textile manufacturing workforce, plunging many into poverty. Amidst this backdrop, a web of interconnected families finds their lives upended by the dawn of the machine age. Simultaneously, England grapples with its ongoing war against Napoleon Bonaparte’s France, culminating in the epochal Battle of Waterloo. The turmoil of the times gives rise to bread riots, strikes, and a rebellion against forced military conscription.

At the heart of the story are an array of compelling characters: a courageous spinner, a brilliant young boy, an idealistic founder of a school for underprivileged children, a fabric merchant burdened by his father’s debts, an unfaithful wife, a rebellious worker, an enterprising craftsman, an inept bishop, and a wealthy, unscrupulous entrepreneur. These multifaceted characters breathe life into an unforgettable narrative.

Ken Follett, renowned for creating charismatic heroines and heroes, delivers a captivating tale in “Weapons of Light.” In this work, the forces of good and evil collide as they vie for a future free from oppression, offering readers a meticulously researched historical tapestry teeming with vivid details. From his debut bestseller, “The Eye of the Needle,” a gripping spy story set during World War II, to his most famous work, “The Pillars of the Earth,” Follett continues to mesmerize audiences with his storytelling prowess.

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