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Whichever style compels you to be want to be engaged with an epoch then read it. If it compels someone to want to know more about an era then I say that book or drama has done its part.
This series brings to life all the books I read in high school and college regarding the revolutionary war. It gave a heartbeat to a time that sometimes felt like a a Frankenstein monster in its mundaneness.
I've known about John Jakes Kent family chronicles for decades but never read them. I'm thrilled to have an exciting eight book (now seven) series to read
I read this as a new teenager, when it was first published in 1974, it was a prelude to the excitement generating for the nation's bi-centennial in 1976. I was utterly consumed with the story telling and eagerly awaited the sequel to what would become an 8 novel series (The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series) stretching to Christmas in Boston Massachusetts 1890, 5 generations of the Kent family to Philippe's 48 year old great great grandson Gideon and his grown family.
17 year old Phillipe is living with his mother in France, she tells him his father is the 6th Duke of Kent and he was the result of a brief affair when she was an actress and the duke a callow youth. the Duke has now married with a 16 year old son however he has provided for Phillipe through the years. They leave for England to collect half the estate now that the duke is dying. I am amazed that I never questioned this catalyst, I can't imagine a commoner of the time would think the estate of a duke was attainable by an illegitimate son when a perfectly legitimate son was in place, but clearly I bought it hook line and sinker. The rest of the story is fabulous, mixing historic events and people with Phillip's day to day lifelike:
>Marquis de Lafayette
>Lord North, the British Prime Minister
I loved it.
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and continue with the next book. Have enjoyed it so far.