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The Conquering Family by Thomas B. Costain
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Costain is one of the best non-fiction writers ever! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
The first volume of Thomas B. Costain's 4-volume history of England's Plantagenet dynasty covers the period between the death of Henry I and the death of John. Costain makes the most of the colorful characters and events of the period – the civil war that followed the death of Henry I, when both Stephen and Matilda claimed the throne; Henry II's marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine; the rise and fall of Thomas à Becket; the bitter rivalry and changing allegiances among Henry's sons; the 3rd Crusade; the Magna Carta. I listened to the audio version, and the reader's sardonic tone and aristocratic voice are a perfect fit for the dramatic nature of this era's history. This book provides historical context for some popular series such as Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries and Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death mysteries, and it would be good background reading for fans of either series. ( )
  cbl_tn | May 5, 2012 |
First of 4 volumes--others are:
The Three Edwards
The Magnificent Century
The Last Plantagenets
  Solicitors3 | May 17, 2011 |
The kind of history I most like to read. Costain covers the Plantagenets from Henry I to “soft-sword John” in a very entertaining, story-telling way that most historians would probably disdain, but which makes these people come alive. I’d had only the vaguest idea of who these early Plantaganets were, but Costain draws them in vivid and memorable strokes: beautiful Eleanor of Aquitaine and her determined Henry, their viperous brood of sons; Stephen and Maude and the misery they inflicted on England as they battled for the throne . . . not to mention a whole host of secondary characters. Lovely – a great place to start and perfect for the more casual reader of history. ( )
1 vote bjappleg8 | Mar 27, 2010 |
Great book about Henry I and Henry II and Eleanor of Acquitane and her sons. ( )
  vsandham | Feb 20, 2009 |
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