The Founding

The Founding : The Morland Dynasty, Book 1

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"Brilliant, a definite page turner. They combine real historical events with fascinating fictional characters.

The twenty-three volumes of the Morland Dynasty series has been completely repackaged in the most elegant style, using contemporaneous artwork for each period.

This wonderful series opens with the back drop of the Wars of the Roses with the marriage between Eleanor Morland and a scion of the influential house of Beaufort. It is a union which establishes the powerful Morland dynasty and in the succeeding volumes of this rich tapestry of English life, we follow their fortunes through war and peace, political upheaval and social revolution, times of pestilence and periods of plenty, and through the vicissitudes which afflict every family - love and passion, envy and betrayal, birth and death, great fortune and miserable penury...

The Morland Dynasty is entertainment of the most addictive kind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 174 x 185 x 33mm | 272g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • genealogy tab
  • 0751503827
  • 9780751503821
  • 74,185

About Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the hugely popular Morland Dynasty novels, which have captivated and enthralled readers for decades. She is also the author of the contemporary Bill Slider mystery series, as well as her new series, War at Home, which is an epic family drama set against the backdrop of World War I. Cynthia's passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside.
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The Founding, set in Yorkshire in the early 1400s, is the start of an engrossing historical saga. The Founding is the first in the Morland Dynasty series, and in it we meet Edward Morland, a wealthy sheep farmer, who pairs his only son with a well connected but orphaned Eleanor Courtney. Though Edward Morland is unpolished, he is ambitious and has a long view that holds him and his family in good stead. Though Eleanor never fully warms to her gruff and bullying father-in-law, he teaches her well and they, along with the gentle and industrious Robert, the three of them lay the foundation for one of the largest fortunes in England. Vast wealth is only one part of the Morland legacy. Arguably, the Morland\'s greatest asset is Robert Morland\'s beautiful and spirited wife, Eleanor Courtney. Though Eleanor had initially resented being forced to marry into trade, she proved to be an astute businesswoman in her own right. Robert\'s steadiness and industry and Eleanor\'s ambition and connections gave the Morland family an edge which they used to go forward. The Founding takes us from the very start of the Morland\'s rise to their early ties to the House of York and to their place in King Richard III\'s court. One of the longest and most successful family sagas, Morland Dynasty saga draws you in and you soon find yourself caring what happens to Robert, Eleanor, Job, and the other members of their extended family. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles weaves historical figures and events into the dramas, failures, and successes of the Morlands. Reading the first in the series, gave me much the same feeling that I had when I first discovered R.F. Delderfield\'s trilogy of the Swann family, but while Delderfield\'s series captured the Industrial Age in the UK, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles\'s is 34 volumes and spans five hundred years. The Founding is a fascinating read and I\'m eager to dive into the next book in the series. ISBN-10: 1402238150 - Paperback Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reissue edition (April 1, 2010), 560 pages. Review copy provided by the more
by Gaby @ Starting Fresh
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