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Son of a Hundred Kings: A Novel of the Nineties

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Title:Son of a Hundred Kings: A Novel of the Nineties
Costain, Thomas B.   
(16 of 20 for author by title)
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Published:   1950
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, fiction, historical

The title originating from Kipling’s poem “The Absent-Minded Beggar”, is a story about life in Balfour, Ontario in the 1890’s. A six-year-old boy arrives from England with a square of oil-cloth sewn on his coat bearing the inscription: ‘This is Ludar Prentice. He has no money. He is going to his father Vivien Prentice at Balfour, Ontario, Canada. BE KIND TO HIM.’ He was to join a father that he had never met, and that no one in town had ever heard of. Fortunately, some kind citizens stepped in and he was offered a home. Never quite fitting in, he lived with them until adulthood where he is determined to find out who he is. The story is not only about Ludar, but it is also about the folks in Balfour and how the town of Balfour grows and changes into the new century. [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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