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Vainglory

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A saga which traces the fortunes of four families in 15th-century France, centering on the beautiful chateau Gloriole and spanning five turbulent generations.
Hardcover, 596 pages
Published May 15th 1991 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1991)
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Misfit
Sep 19, 2009 Misfit rated it really liked it
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"He knew in that moment how God felt on Good Friday when He saw on what He had wasted Creation."

Vainglory begins in 1429 as Victoire De Gloriole regains possession of the family castle Gloriole-sur-Sablois from the English. Victoire marries Englishwoman Ellen Talbot and begins building a family dynasty and bringing Gloriole to new heights, although like all noblemen their ups and downs are ruled by the whims of the current ruler - kings come, kings go. The twists of fate take several bizarre tu
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Hirondelle
Jul 17, 2008 Hirondelle rated it it was ok
Some subgenres seem to come up, become insanely popular and then go out of style without leaving a trace. Anybody remember those huge thick historical novels, multigenerational sagas about a place, where generations go on and on and everybody dies, lots of tragedies and romances, lots of action and where the real main character is really the place or house? James Michener and Susan Howatch wrote lots of those. This was published perhaps a bit later than that, but fits precisely that subgenre, th ...more
Dee Weaver
Jan 18, 2015 Dee Weaver rated it it was amazing
A rich feast of a story. Set in 15th century France, around the Chateau Gloriole and the turbulent fortunes of the family who own it, the family who think they should own it, and the family who simply crave it. Fans of Dorothy Dunnett's style of writing will enjoy this.
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K.l.
Feb 29, 2012 K.l. rated it did not like it
Really didn't enjoy this. It's the tale of a French family in the middle ages and spans several generations. They are all unpleasant characters and I found it very hard to find them at all sympathetic. I very rarely find a book that I can't find anything good about, but this was definitely one!
Gigi
Nov 05, 2007 Gigi rated it really liked it
Such an interesting style/voice.
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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