The Magnificent Century (The Plantagenets #2)
During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent. Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences and theology, as well as in government. Despite all, it was truly a magnificent...more
As a read, the book was very much a survey. Costain rec ...more
This second volume only re-inforced my initial impression of Costain's work. As scholary history works they're absolutely hopeless! The story focuses almost exclusively on the absolute top level of society. The few commoners ...more
Although a bit more historical in feel than the first book "The Conquering Family", this second volume is still written as popular history to be read by the general public - no major citation of sources, no foot nor end notes here. Costain combines his own conjecture ...more
However, Costain does a good job with subject matter again. ...more
And if the book is titled "The Magnificent Century", what of Edward I's reign beginning in 1272? Book felt slapped together at times.
As an aside, for a ki ...more
It's especially enjoyable to read about the Plantagenet's considering the recent discov ...more
As this was book 2 of 4, I'm going to take a break before re-reading books 3 and 4. They will be something to look forward to with anticipation. (and I have s ...more
Unfortunately, since this book was published in 1963 and is out of print, I did have to interlibrary loan it from Weber County.
Can't wait to start reading The Three Edwards.
His first writing success came in 1902 when the Brantford ...more