HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Below the Salt by Thomas B. Costain
Loading...

Below the Salt (1957)

by Thomas B. Costain

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
234449,373 (3.86)24
Recently added byMajorRakal, Steven-Dierks, drcmg, private library, penrodbm, herriot, jjkith, Chatterbox, SilasEmeric
Legacy LibrariesGeorge C. Marshall

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 24 mentions

Showing 4 of 4
This 1957 historical novel is laid in the time of King John and depicts, at times quite vividly, the England of the early 13th century. There is a modern skeleton on which the medieval story is hung, but the modern part of the story is of little interest and could easily have been omitted. One Richard and his squire, Tostig, do heroic things and one cannot help but admire Tostig, whose life is full of good deeds not amply rewarded. Among other historic events Tostig plays a vital role at Runnymede, when King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta. The book contains the usual disclaimer, asserting everybody in the novel is fictitious. This is obviously false, since clearly there are numerous historical persons in the book, including King John and Stephen Langton. I found the historical part of the book attention-holding and fun to read. The same cannot be said of the 20tth century part of the novel. ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 13, 2012 |
Interesting, once it finally got to the actual Below The Salt part of the story, which was actually quite an enjoyable read. However, the ending was very bad, and, to me, seemed absolutely senseless.

Another issue I had with the book was that is seemed to be trying very hard to focus my attention on one basically stock character, when in fact there was another character who was showing growth and was more pertinent to the story. ( )
  millhold | Mar 3, 2011 |
Interesting story, not compelling, liked the inclusion of a potential woman on the throne, romanticized history ( )
  Jeanperry | Jan 4, 2011 |
A rich and fascinating look at Norman Saxon England. The framing story is cool, too. ( )
  MerryMary | Feb 20, 2007 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
John Foraday had always been quiet and imaginative, and this was the only fault his grandmother had found in him.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
6 wanted1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.86)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 11
3.5 6
4 11
4.5 1
5 10

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 93,333,309 books! | Top bar: Always visible