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The Moneyman

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Vivid and dramatic story of a great conspiracy and a great love, set in 15th century France. King Charles VII, Agnes Sorel - his mistress, Jaques Coeur - the king's moneyman - history's first great merchant prince.
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published 1947 by Doubleday
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Connie Rossini
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although this is not my favorite of Costain's books, it is still a good read that will keep you turning the pages. Set during the 100 Years' War in France, it's the story of Jacques Couer, a merchant who becomes King Charles' Moneyman. Couer is a man ahead of his time, essentially modern. He exalts commerce over chivalry.
The focus of the story involves a major moral problem. Couer believes that in order to save France, he must help provide a successor to the king's dying mistress, Agnes Sorrel.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked this up as a library discard. It was an interesting, old-fashioned novel, by one of the powerhouses of 50 or so years ago. The story involved the 16th century court of Charles VII of France and his treasurer, or 'moneyman'. The moneyman, Jacques Coeur, had risen from being a furrier to an important, rich merchant, with a fleet of ships. His shops sold many kinds of items, department stores, if you will. The story involves a conspiracy, an evil count and countess who successfully pull of ...more
Christine Talley
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Moneyman was the first of two novels I read by Costain. I found it in a pile of books my Grandma was getting rid of when she moved and it grabbed me from the beginning. I'm a Christian but I really, really get annoyed by traditional Christian novels. After reading Moneyman I really had no idea that Costain was a Christian author, the religious undertones were so subdued, yet I appreciated them. The love story was well written and I appreciated the complexity of the Moneyman's character. A re ...more
Edward Rosenfeld
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grew up reading Thomas B. Costain....He was high on my list of favorite historical authors, along with Samuel Shellebarger, Noel B. Gerson ( in all his many identities) Robert Graves and Mary Renault...Perhaps these authors have become a tad dated, but I still love them all....
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Costain is a graceful enough writer, and his historical novels based on real events and people are pleasant to read. There is more intricacy in the plotting and characterization than, for instance, in Rafael Sabatini.
Sarah Sammis
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-1997
Two stars because I can't remember much in the way of details.
William Clifford
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story of how King's are funded through the middle-ages. It will raise an eyebrow and give a laugh at times.
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A typically entertaining work of historical fiction set at the French court of "Charles the Well Served.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writing. One of my favorites of Costain.
Muslimah Islam
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was my dear late father that introduced me to Thomas b. costain when I was 10! I read the book in 3 days. Thomas b. costain is my first reading! lol!!
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Classic Costain: intricately plotted, historically researched, emotionally engaging. This man knows how to make a high stakes story come to life.
Eileen Iciek
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a kid, but don't recall much of it now. But I loved all of Thomas Costain's novels. Not sure how they have survived the test of time, though.
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Costain was born in Brantford, Ontario to John Herbert Costain and Mary Schultz. He attended high school there at the Brantford Collegiate Institute. Before graduating from high school he had written four novels, one of which was a 70,000 word romance about Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange. These early novels were rejected by publishers.

His first writing success came in 1902 when the Brantford
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