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
but i "really liked it" as goodreads terms 4 stars a...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
His writing strikes a middle course, between the dry footnote-laden scholarly tomes that are a turn-off to the average reader and the all-too-popular romanticized versions of medieval royalty churned out by the purveyors of pulp fiction.
He knows how to tell a good tale, weaving what might otherwise be bland historical names, dates, and facts into a compellingly c...more
His first writing success came in 1902 when the Brantford...more