Sunday, June 21, 2009

69. The Founding, #1

By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Rated 4.5 Stars
From:  Amazon

This book, or rather this series of books was recommended by one of the members of the Historical Favorites Group.  I am not sure yet whether to thank her or blow her a rasberry.  This is going to be a good series but YIKES there are 30 books and counting in this series!!

From what I have gathered so far the Moreland's are members of the landed gentry, probably what we would call upper middle class nowdays.  They depend somewhat on the patronage various members of the aristrocracy but their main claim to fame so far is that they are very enterprising sheep farmers from whom their weath (which ebbs and flows with the times) mainly comes and their abilities to hang on to it through wars, rebellions and political unrest.

I am going to plod through this series because it is good reading although a 30 book series seems pretty daunting to me right now.  I think I will try to read one or two each month.  Since they are not stocked by my local library that means I will probably have to buy them.  It's a testimony to how much I have enjoyed what I have read so far that I am considering this since I buy very few books nowdays.  Lack of space and a fixed income have drastically changed my book buying habits.

FROM AMAZON;  "In the Morland Dynasty series, the majestic sweep of English history is richly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family. It is 1434, and seeking power and prestige, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his meek son Robert and spirited Eleanor, young ward of the influential Beaufort family. Eleanor is appalled at being forced to marry a mere "sheep farmer;" she is, besides, secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York. Yet in time this apparently ill-matched union becomes both passionate and tender, the foundation of the Morland dynasty, and sustains them through bloody civil war which so often divides families, sets neighbor against neighbor, and brings tragedy close to home."
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