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Review: The Founding, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles


#1: Covers 1434-1483; the War of the Roses

The Founding is the first book in the Morland Dynasty series, covering the War of the Roses from 1434 to 1483. Robert Morland, heir to the Morland estate, marries Eleanor Courteney, thereby uniting money with a family name. Eleanor quickly becomes the family matriarch, staunchly supporting the Yorkists in the struggle for the English throne. The story of The Founding covers fifty years and five generations of the Morland family.

The series is truly addictive. It’s not great literature, by any means, but Cynthia Harrod-Eagles knows how to tell an entertaining story, and none of it is contrived. The Morland family in The Founding is closely aligned with the Plantagenets, following them right up through the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Also reviewed by: Medieval Bookworm

Comments

I so need to start accumulating these and take on the task of reading them all!
S. Krishna said…
I've never heard of these, but they sound interesting!
I jotted this one down on my wishlist a couple of weeks ago, but haven't found this first one start the series. These books have been popping up in reviews recently and I'm so glad....a new series (to me, at least)!
Marg said…
I have this first one out from the library to read soon. I don't know what I am thinking of starting a series this long, but never mind! We will soldier on regardless.
Cathy said…
This is a marvelous series. I pace myself so that I'm never waiting for the newest to be published!

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