|Title:||The Last Love|
|Publisher:||Doubleday & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||Canadiana, fiction, historical, Napoleon|
THE LAST LOVE begins as Napoleon, defeated and a prisoner, arrives at the island of St. Helena to begin his exile. But while Longwood, a broken-down, rat-infested farmhouse, is being readied for the captive hero and his entourage, he stays at an Englishman’s country mansion, where he meets lovely young Betsy Balcome--high-spirited, outspoken, and the only French-speaking member of the family. Betsy acts as interpreter for the hero, and through this inspired rendering of their great friendship, this colorful conqueror emerges as a compelling human figure . . . an extraordinary man and a transcendent genius. Here is a stirring narrative of magnificent tenderness and understanding, the moving magnificent tenderness and understanding, the moving story of the great man. . .—Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Costain, Thomas B.
Thomas Bertram Costain (May 8, 1885 – October 8, 1965) was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57.
Costain's work is a mixture of commercial history (such as The White and The Gold, a history of New France to around 1720) and fiction that relies heavily on historic events (one review stated it was hard to tell where history leaves off and apocrypha begins). His most popular novel was The Black Rose (1945), centred in the time and actions of Bayan of the Baarin also known as Bayan of the Hundred Eyes. Costain noted in his foreword that he initially intended the book to be about Bayan and Edward I, but became caught up in the legend of Thomas a Becket's parents: an English knight married to an Eastern girl. The book was a selection of the Literary Guild with a first printing of 650,000 copies and sold over two million copies in its first year.
His research led him to believe that Richard III was a great monarch tarred by conspiracies, after his death, with the murder of the princes in the tower. Costain supported his theories with documentation, suggesting that the real murderer was Henry VII.
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