The Conquering Family (The Plantagenets #1)
The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill a...more
This is dramatized non-fiction, for lack of a better description, and Costain has a strange writing style. One sentence will be quite ...more
Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenet's begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.
The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and ...more
but i "really liked it" as goodreads terms 4 stars a ...more
Never before has history so come to life! I appreciated that he included plenty of the legends and stories of the period, even if they proved to be historically inaccurate. I think it helped explain the perceptions of the time.
Sometimes though, his embellishments seem to veer into the realm of - how could you possibly know that! And a few Wikipedia searches show t ...more
At the same time, a word of warning must be issued - wh ...more
The work discusses the succession problems created when Henry I's son died in the White Ship crash. He continues through the death of that famously hated king, John.
Costain uses his British style to introduce readers to the Plantagenet's with detail and an entertaining voice. ...more
One of my favorites
I have loved this book for who knows how many years. I first read it in my late teens, and several times in my twenties and thirties. As I read it again, some decades later, I find the story still fascinating, that of the years after the Conquest, until John's death. What I did not expect this time was to find the opinions of the author at the end of the book somewhat irritating. I'm sure they fit in with the thinking of the times the author lived in, but ti ...more
Costain finds the balanc ...more
His first writing success came in 1902 when the Brantford ...more