|Title:||The Conquerors: The Pageant of England [AKA The Conquering Family] [Plantagenets #1]|
|Publisher:||Doubleday & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||England, Henry II, history, non-fiction|
The story, first of the Costain histories which will form The Pageant of England, begins with the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 and closes with the end of the reign of John in 1216, when the full merging of Norman and Saxon had taken place and the conquest was complete.
The conquerors themselves take form and substance under the skillful pen of the author; William the Conqueror, Henry I and his Good Queen Maude, Henry II, Thomas à Becket, John, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard Coeur de Lion, and the others all live again, love again, and fight for power. You will see also the strong and continuing fight for human rights as typified and brought into being by such farseeing and important documents as the Domesday Book, the Treaty of Wallingford, the Charter of Henry I, the Constitutions of Clarendon, and the Magna Charta.—from the Dustcover.
This four-volume series was one of the inspirations for Game of Thrones, according to an interview with G. R. R. Martin. [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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