The Conquering Family (2020)

The Conquering Family Thomas B Costain s four volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in closing with the reign of John in The tr
  • Title: The Conquering Family
  • Author: Thomas B. Costain
  • ISBN: 9781568493725
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thomas B Costain s four volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain s storytelling skill aThomas B Costain s four volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain s storytelling skill and historical imaginationE CONQUERING FAMILY is the first in A History of the Plantagenets, and is followed by THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY.
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    1. This is the first volume of Costain s history of the Plantagenets It begins with the civil war between Stephen and Matilda, covers the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and their children, and ends with the signing of the Magna Carta and the death of King John This is a lot of history to cover in less than 400 pages, so he s just hitting the highlights This is dramatized non fiction, for lack of a better description, and Costain has a strange writing style One sentence will be quite ele [...]

    2. Works of history range from dry, straight up re counting of the facts to reconstructions and imaginings that have to be called historical fiction Even when writing scholarly history, some authors are adept at choosing and quoting facts, characters and order of presentation in such a way as to create a story line and narrative worthy of first rate fiction If a straight recounting of facts is a 1 in terms of readability bad , and historical fiction style non fiction is a 10, then Costain s writing [...]

    3. This is an EXCELLENT read Not DRY at all and is a fast exciting read of history I love the PLANTAGENET S they are one of my all time favorite families in history Publisher s SummaryThomas B Costain s four volume history of the Plantagenet s begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and peop [...]

    4. I absolutely loved this book It is the first book in a series of 4 detailing the history of England from the Conqueror to the end of the Plantagenet dynasty It s an older book, and the historian feels free to make commentary on the history, drawing conclusions about human nature and placing value judgments on what happened That has been a real joy For instance, he hates the code of chivalry and points out whenever it leads rulers to focus less on the good of their subjects and on winning glory [...]

    5. I first read this book, oh gosh, maybe thirty years ago In fact, it was the very first book I ever ready about the Plantagenets, and one of the first I ever read about the middle ages What a good choice His writing style is so smooth I guess you would call him Popular History that the book almost reads like a novel This is a good thing for a history novice I gobbled up the rest of the series, and I think his interpretations latched into my memory as the definite versions of events This is the re [...]

    6. I first read Costain s four volume history of the Plantagenet family back when I was twelve or thirteen long, long ago The books have long ago dropped out of sight popular history published first than half a century ago And that s a pity I can t say that they re academic history, or that Costain s interpretations of England from the 1140s to 1485 have held up But these are the books that introduced me to Anglo Norman England and to a host of figures Henry and Eleanor, the over maligned John, Ed [...]

    7. Page 9 It was in an early year of the twelfth century that a handsome young man named Geoffrey, son of the Count of Anjou, fell into the habit of wearing a sprig of the yellow bloom planta genesta in his helmet.A magnificent historical review by Thomas Costain with plenty of details of all important characters involved in the medieval history in Great Britain.

    8. Conquering Family is a marvelous summary of the Angevin era Having previously read several works on this period, I was initially skeptical that an overview would be of much interest However, Costain quickly proved me wrong His insightful treatment added to my knowledge and his wonderful prose never failed to keep me engaged and entertained.

    9. The Conquering Family is the first of four books chronicling the Plantagenet Kings of England and traces the origins of the family from the marriage of Matilda granddaughter of William the Conqueror and Geoffrey of Anjou Since Henry I son of William had died without a male heir, he named his daughter Matilda successor, but not all in England were happy with this choice, and there was a period called The Anarchy which took place as Matilda and her cousin Stephen of Blois struggled for the crown E [...]

    10. Originally published in 1949, Thomas Costain s Conquering Family is a history of Henry II and his family It is the first volume in a series about the Plantagenet Dynasty and is told from a wonderfully British perspective The work discusses the succession problems created when Henry I s son died in the White Ship crash He continues through the death of that famously hated king, John Costain uses his British style to introduce readers to the Plantagenet s with detail and an entertaining voice For [...]

    11. This is a good history, if somewhat lacking in historiography What I mean by that is that it relates the story of the historical events, and remains accurate to the information of the time, but may delve into speculation and elaboration upon occasion based upon the author s suppositions and conjectures In this case, only educated opinions are offered up by the author, though they may not be entirely as logical and certain as the author might suggest Readers should be particularly wary of sentenc [...]

    12. Costain said he wanted to write a history of England that reads like a story Wow, did he succeed And it really is a history with no dialogue, but he writes in such a way that you don t lose interest An older lady I know recommended Costain to me and I ve been searching for his books for about a year I finally got the spelling of Costain right and found them a couple weeks ago My library s catalog says they have one copy of each of his books When I got the book, it still had one of the old cards [...]

    13. this one surprised me it had been on my shelf forever, it had taken me forever to find old school historical fiction is no longer in print after all right off the bat i started wondering why in the world i would like this book the writing is dry, the style is scholarly english gentleman who i envision composing this in a huge jane austen like library , a few exclamation points were used, all in all it read like a textbook than novel but i really liked it as terms 4 stars and it definitely had m [...]

    14. History for those who hate reading history Costain does a remarkable job of bringing to life the dry historical record of the earliest Norman kings of England He intimately describes the character of the august personages that ruled that age and brings an immediacy to the world of the late 11th and early 12th centuries If you are one of those and there are a great many of you who hate reading history this is the book for you It is a wonderful examination of an interesting aspect of English histo [...]

    15. Medieval English history is a favourite of mine, particularly the Plantagenets and Tudors Somehow, I haven t read much on the early Plantagenets but this book,has put it right Although this book and the three follow ups were written in the 1950 s, Costain s writing style is just as good today He writes in a semi novel way but retains the facts without wandering too much away from what happened It is really a history book but written in a way that engages the reader without being boring I wish he [...]

    16. This is a great history book Costain focuses not on dates or battles but on the personalities of the characters involved After reading this book, you really feel like you know these famous people as people and not just as faceless drones that march through history Its told in a type of story form, but it isn t dumbed down either It is a historically rich text This is one of those books that is great for the hard core history reader and also the casual reader who is interested in English royalty. [...]

    17. I will grant that for a nuanced and detailed view of the history covered in the Pageant of England one might want to look elsewhere However there is something that always brings me back Costain He shows an obvious interest in the period and its very colorful characters I think as an introduction to the period this book and its series cannot be surpassed It combines masterful scholarship with a style as engrossing as any work of fiction.

    18. I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Thomas Costain This book reads like a novel than a work of history I enjoyed the details about peoples lives, their clothing, the meals they ate Richard the Lion Heart was a jerk and John I was a bully They, however, were just like every other ruler of the time Costain provides an excellent picture of the Plantagenet era, not just in England but France, Rome, and the Holy Land as well.

    19. I purchased the four books in this series back in the early 80 s I ordered them through my local bookstore, didn t ask the price for whatever reason When they came in and I went to pay for them, I was a bit shocked when the cashier related the total 142.00 for all four She said they were consideed to be text books That all being said, I never regretted the money spent I love these books

    20. THE book that introduced me to King Henry II of England, and I have been a devoted and loyal subject of his ever since Any inaccuracies that exist in this book are easily addressed in W.L Warren s Henry II and or Richard Barber s Henry Plantagenet Unlike the latter two volumes, The Conquering Family also covers the reigns of Richard I Lionheart and John.

    21. I cannot put this book down and I am looking forward to the others written about the Plantagenets of England There is much information about their lives, and the history they were creating Henry 11Richard the LionheartThomas a Becketr starters I love these books

    22. This book is incredibly thorough and the author has a gift for weaving facts about medieval life into his narrative to bring the scenes to life My only concern is that it was written so long ago and some information may have changed with further research since then.

    23. I m not sure if this is considered fiction, but it reads like a novel Actually, this is a series The Three Edwards, The Last of the Plantagenets, and the Magnificent Century are a great intro to the history of England s kings.

    24. Costain is a storyteller at heart, and embellishes the history with descriptions of place and costume and emotion novelistically described He is always careful to distinguish history from story I m looking forward to the remaining volumes.

    25. This, and the rest of the Plantagenet series, now available on Kindle, released March 2012 But oh my, those prices

    26. I picked this one up at a book sale Liked it so much, I thought I d buy a newer, nicer edition Turns out, there isn t one Which I think is absurd, considering the quality of the writing to be found here Over the past few years, I ve learned that your average history class tends to gloss over some of the most interesting and important periods of English history Bernard Cornwell s The Last Kingdom gave my a glimpse into the turbulence of the the Viking Age, and the enigmatic Alfred the Great, who [...]

    27. I m not sure this book deserves even 2 stars I really can t think of any reason to recommend it I can t believe when I was in junior high, Costain was one of my favorite authors Having read several of Philippa Gregory s historical novels, I wanted to read some history of the Plantagenets I went to my personal library and pulled out these books I hadn t read for well over 40 years What a disappointment I will try and read the next one, because I am interested in the history but if it is as bad as [...]

    28. What starts off as a confusing jumble of Matilda s slowly becomes clear as the historical figures make their mark on history Costain has a different style than many historians and some may find it annoying, he takes down chivalry and a historical personage or two, to his evident delight But, nonetheless, I enjoyed his style.More than once I recognized similarities to Game of Thrones, both in the black of hair writing style and the historical figures such as Longchamp, a splendid mix of Tyrion a [...]

    29. This is less of a history, there being no research notes, and like a tale, the first volume of the story of England s Plantagenet kings The high points are the civil war under Stephen a non Plantegenet, by the way Henry II, his energy, affair with the fair Rosamund, conflict with Becket, and the battles with his sons Richard, great warrior, bad king and John, who, at the time of this book s publication 1949 doesn t benefit from recent appreciations Frequently taking the view of the common man, [...]

    30. Fascinating history if the first Plantagenet kings and daily life in the 12th century The story of how England was shaped and eventually modified, then overthrew the feudal system imposed after 1066 First for four in Costain s mid 20th century series The Last Plantagenets Beautifully written and plenty of details and asides to keep any history lover happy.

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