The Conquering Family: The Pageant of England, Volume 1

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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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The kind of history I most like to read. Costain covers the Plantagenets from Henry I to “soft-sword John” in a very entertaining, story-telling way that most historians would probably disdain, but ... Read full review

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I am so excited to have found this book, and the others that go with it. Thank you so much LT Recommends. I would never have discovered these without you. Though it's not a novel, it reads like one. I ... Read full review


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The Invasion of Ireland
The Sin of Absalom
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The Unsolved Mystery
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Twilight of a Tyrant
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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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