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Below the Salt

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Title:Below the Salt
Costain, Thomas B.   
(2 of 22 for author by title)
The Black Rose
The Amateur Diplomat: A Novel
Published:   1957
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:fiction, historical, time travel, Magna Carta

Richard O’Rawn had lived a long, full life. He had attained material success. He had served his country well in the United States Senate, loved and respected by his constituents and the rest of the nation. Now that his life was almost at an end, Senator O’Rawn had to share the mystery he had kept secret for so many years with someone else.

It was a mystery set in lusty Plantagenet England and revolving around Eleanor of Aquitaine, her granddaughter—the beautiful “lost princess”—and the historic signing of the Magna Carta. Together with a young American writer, Richard O’Rawn would take his last journey back through the centuries—a journey rich with intrigue, romance, and adventure.—Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Costain, Thomas B.

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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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