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The Black Rose by Thomas B. Costain
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Feb 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Thomas Costain takes the reader on a 13th century journey from England to China. The book's main character, Walter inherits a large sum of money in London and sets off to China inspired by Francis Bacon. Costain expertly depicts the area between Europe and China, especially the Bedouin tribes. In addition to the journey, Walter loves two women, one a noble and beautiful English woman and the other, a beautiful and beguiling woman Walter meets on his journey.

Unfortunately, it seems that Thomas Costain books are almost out of print. These books provide a good historical foundation for young students. It does not hurt that this author can spin a good tale too.
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message 1: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Jon! I remember reading this in high school! I loved it. I think Tyrone Powers did the movie. I love your statement about learning history from fiction. That's where I do most of my history-learning! Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful book!

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