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The Last Plantagenets Hardcover – December 1, 1994
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it was long out of print. This and the other three books
about the Plantagenets by the same author contain some of
the most stirring history of the english speaking peoples.
It is hard to believe that a history book could be a page
turner, but it's true. They should be required reading in
high school, for then our young citizens can gain a proper
appreciation of the magnificent beginnings of democracy in
England and how our own freedoms, now taken for granted,
were won by boody struggles and the wisdom of far-seeing
men. This series on the Plantagenets begins with Henry II
and his consort, Eleanor of Aquitaine (a wise lady far ahead
of her time), and ends with the death of Richard III on
Bosworth Field at the hands of the future Henry VII. At the
end of this volume the author muses on the mingling of the
Saxon and Norman cultures and how they together created
an England that brought back the beacon of democracy and
respect for human rights for a dark and oppressed world.
The Last Plantegents covers the reign of Richard the second through Richard the third and ends with an examination of the case against Richard the third. Costain is firmly in the apologists camp and makes a pretty good case for the defense.
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This is my second copy of this paperback and I'm so glad I found it. Costain is a very entertaining author and I use this book as a quick reference as I wander through the Middle... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Katydud
Thomas B. Costain is my favorite author because of this book. I have read it twice and both times I was unable to put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angela
I was lucky enough to come across this treasure at a charity shop, and having a passionate interest in English history eagerly snapped it up.
And I am glad I did. Read more
interesting to explore a family which took over running England for a few generations. the book came as a surprise. Read morePublished 14 months ago by V. E. Olson
Wonderfully readable! The reader is pulled into history almost visually. If this were an academic history, I would say that it's too judgmental (the author makes his approval and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John L. Olsen
I bought this book while living in Canada (in the mid fifties) whether I still have it is in doubt, but due to the recent finding of Richard 111's remains and the rekindling of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Redline
I first read these books when they were in print, decades ago. Thomas Costain is my favorite historical fiction author and this book is just one in a collection that I have been... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jennifer A. Hoffman
A miserable little copy of this book arrived here. I dumped it right into the garbage can.Published on August 3, 2014 by Sullivan