The Conquering Family: The Pageant of England, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 7, 2012 - Fiction - 480 pages
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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 and historical imagination.

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Review: The Conquering Family (The Plantagenets #1)

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Gary Foss - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Richard Scarry Born on June 5, 1919 in Boston. He attended Boston's Museum of Fine Arts School, studying art from 1939 to 1942. He served in the army as an art director, editor, and writer of information publications in North Africa and Italy. After the war Scarry worked in New York as a free-lance illustrator. His first book, Two Little Miners, was published in 1949, followed by five other children's books, published by Simon and Schuster in the same year. He worked throughout the 50's illustrating books done by various authors, usually for Golden Press. In 1963 he made his breakthrough with Richard Scarry's Best World Book Ever. The large-format book sold seven million copies in twelve years. He also illustrated several books written by J.D. Bevington. After twenty years with Golden Books, Scarry decided to move to Ramdom House. Scarry published over 300 books with total sales of 300 million worldwide, more than any other author. Richard Scarry died in his home in Gstaad on April 30, 1994.

Thomas B. Costain (1885-1965) was a reporter and editor who began writing historical novels at the age of 57. His books include The Black Rose and the Pageant of England series.

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