Within the Hollow Crown
Set against the backdrop of a country racked by revolt and class warfare, Within the Hollow Crown showcases the true spirit of a king at the end of one of the most glorious dynasties, who wants both England's heart and crown. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood of all English monarchs, the son of the Black Prince and grandson of Edward III has been portrayed in a dim lig...more
At age 11, Richard Plantagenet becomes king upon his father's death. The novel is the story of his reign and his doom. He is overawed by and frightened of ...more
PROS: 1) I found the characters and story gripping and realistically drawn. 2) The writing made the story easy to get into because it flowed well.
CONS: 1) I recognize that I have a personal bias in that I find myself very fond of history and historical fiction in general. This may not be the case for others, so getting into the story might be harder for those people. Regardless of quality of writing. 2) On the whole and when you get right down to it the book as a whole is forgettable du ...more
More like 3.5 stars.
Good solid, old school historical fiction about Richard II of England and his tragic reign which avoids getting overly bogged down in the politics of the time. The pluses of this are obvious but can lead to a little confusion why everyone is so against poor Richard and it also tends to romanticize his reign somewhat, although not in a sickly sweet and syrupy way. Recommended but you may need to reference Wikipedia occasionally if you are more interested in the nitty gritty hi ...more
Well, the style and the license taken are not in the proper "eyes" for the century. Some facts of his life are there but it is not Richard II's rise and downfall ...more
Margaret Campbell Barnes was a popular historical writer of her day, which was fifty years ago. She doesn't write as dramatically as popular historical fiction writers of today, but she weaves us through the story as deftly as possible. Within The Hollow Crown features the young king, Richard II who 'ruled' from 1377 (at age ten) to 1399. Barnes attempts to recreate this tumultuous rule as he grows a bit older, marries Anne of Bohemia and ultimately loses control of his noblemen. It is interesti ...more
As to history - well, let's say certain things are twisted till they break, while the chronology is about as accurate as in Shakespeare's Richard III. There's some nice characterisation, particularly Richard himself and Anne, but most of the others are not really fully drawn. There's a slightly odd sub plot involving Edward Dalyngrigge and his wife - the ...more
There are so many things that happen in this book. King Richard's life is like a roller coaster. There's drama, roman ...more
"Within the Hollow Crown" by Margaret Campbell Barnes is historical fiction based on King Richard II's rule. Richard never wanted to be king and his father is a continual shadow in his life. England is in political and class warfare, and an inexperienced Richard must figure out a way to form his own kingship and not let his uncles control him.
Richard II is a bit of a vague area for me, but an area of the English ...more
The thing that I enjoyed the most about Barnes’ ...more
He married young and his marriage was a happy one - rare in royal circle. But ...more
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This was a hard book for me to attach myself to. The first few pages were great but then it really became a bit dull until a little over half way through. Although I found the beginning a tad dry, I did enjoy reading about Richard's personality and seeing him change from a mere youth to a man who could rule a country. The author did a splendid job of helping the reader actually feel what it would be like to ...more
Richard II takes reign as King of England at the young tender age of ten. His father having died the yea ...more
It's a coming of age story about England's King Richard II who comes to the throne as a boy and struggles against his powerful and jealous uncles to assume the power of the throne.
In this story, Richard is a sympathetic character (not the way he is usually portrayed) longing to do right but misunderstood by his powerful relatives and many in his kingdom. Not sure if I buy this version ...more
What a sad, sad life for the most part. Aside from being with his wife, when was this King ever happy? I noticed that the author did gloss over very controversial moments that de ...more
Finito... beh se così si può dire quando uno legge l'ultima riga perché non ha neanche la voglia di leggere tutta l'ultima pagina da quanto era noioso il libro.
Gli do due stelline perché non mi sembrerebbe onesto dargliene una avendo letto duecento pagine sulle 330, ma ho capito l'idea centrale che il povero Riccardo II non ha mai fatto niente di male ed è tutta colpa di Bolingbroke. Uh, ok...
Mi sono persa nel vortice (come diceva il mio pro ...more
For me, what i read was boring and nothing really happend and the plot didn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm so glad that this was not the first MCB book th ...more
Nonetheless, I love the subject matter of her novels, and her characterization is quite good. Worth the rea ...more
The majority of her books were written between the 1940's and 1960's.
She married Peter Barnes in 1917, a furniture salesman, and the couple had two sons, ...more