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The Oak Apple (Morland Dynasty #4)

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1630 - Charles I; the Civil War

When civil war destroys the long years of peace in England, the clash between King and Parliament is echoed at Morland Place. Richard, the heir, brings home a Puritan bride, while his dashing brother Kit joins the Royalist cavalry under Prince Rupert, leaving their father, Edmund, desperately trying to steer a middle course. As the war grinds
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Paperback, 403 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published January 1st 1982)
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Ana T.
Jul 29, 2010 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
The Oak Apple starts a few years after the Princeling ends. The characters that ended the last book as children are now adults with children of their own. The master of Morland Place is Edmund Morland and the historical setting is the reign of Charles I and the fights between Parliament and King. A significant part of the book is devoted to the description of battles, although they are not usually my favourite reading subject Harrod-Eagles does a very good job with it and I was actually ...more
Sara
Oct 19, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
This was a nice read in the Morland Dynasty family series covering some of the English Civil War timeframe, starting around 1630 and ending with the execution of Charles I. I feel like the author was trying to be really cautious in not over representing loyalists, even though these guys live in York and were probably inclined to be loyal to the crown. One of the sons marries a Puritan woman, and others join Prince Rupert and his loyalist troops. As an American, I only really know the basics of ...more
Penny
Oct 24, 2014 Penny rated it it was ok
I've never read this author before. This book has a wealth of characters most of whom are related to each other. Even with the family tree written in the front of the book I had trouble keeping track of who was who. As a result there are too many stories going on and not enough focus on the main ones. The English Civil War takes place throughout the book and where it does do well is in its clear depiction of the ordinary man's dilemma at this time. Should you support a monarch who is tyrannical ...more
Nancy
May 02, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the best of the four Morland Dynasty novels I have read. It is set during the Civil War in England, beginning in 1630 and closing with the execution of Charles I in 1649. The history unfolds through the lives of various members of the Morland family who find themselves divided by their loyalties and forced along different paths, often at odds with those they love most. The fictional characters here are, on the whole, more engaging than in the previous novels, and through their st ...more
 Olivermagnus
This is the fourth book in the Morland Dynasty series. We join the Morland family in 17th century York, just before and during the Civil War, beginning in 1630 and closing with the execution of Charles I in 1649. The family motto, Fidelitis (loyalty) is strained with members of the family battling each other in the Civil War. Kit Morland joins the Royalist forces under Prince Rupert, while Morland heir, Richard, marries a Puritan and opens the family home to the Roundheads. In one of the most ...more
Lindsey Sparks
Jul 27, 2016 Lindsey Sparks rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
So after reading the third book in the Morland Dynasty series I was afraid these would start getting repetitive but this book might be my favorite so far. It takes place during the English Civil War and divides the family and brings battles to their doorstep. It had a good mix of fighting and history and love stories and family drama and scandal. I also liked that it spread the story out a bit more with family members in different places and not as cooped up at Morland Place, especially the ...more
Heidi
Jan 28, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it
At the conclusion of this book, I can safely say that Hamil remained a git of the first order until his end. Not surprisingly for a book that covers what is apparently known as the "First" English Civil War, there is a fair bit of death contained in this book. The Black Pearl then covers the Great Plague, resulting in even more of the family tree being obliterated.

I'm starting to suspect that really likeable characters in this series are few and far between. Mary Esther is one of those, however
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Virginia Van
Jan 24, 2016 Virginia Van rated it really liked it
The Civil War comes to Morlands and the family is divided between King and Parliament as Edmund Morland tries to steer a middle course that will keep his property safe. Vivid historical detail combined with a fast paced story and appealing characters. Vol.4 in the Moreland series.
Luci
Feb 12, 2011 Luci rated it really liked it
This series is really starting to grow on me. I am learning a lot about the different historical time periods plus these books are just very readable. This one covered most of the English Civil War. My only complaint is that it is hard to know which book comes in what order through Amazon.
Kelley Bawmann
Jul 21, 2014 Kelley Bawmann rated it it was ok
I have really enjoyed all of these books so far. However this book focused on so many details of the war and it made for tedious reading for me. I am still going to read #5 though.
Julie
Jul 22, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Good read about the English Civil War. trying to read one per month otherwise will forget all the characters
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (aka Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennett)

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on 13 August 1948 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, where was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy.

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