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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751503827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751503821
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd's Bush in London. She was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. She wrote her first novel while at university and in 1972 won the Young Writers' Award with THE WAITING GAME.

Afterwards she had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, while writing during the evenings and weekends. The birth of the MORLAND DYNASTY series enabled her to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise twelve volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended to thirty-four.

In 1993 she won the RNA Novel of the Year Award with EMILY, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, a trilogy set in nineteenth century Russia, and she also writes the internationally acclaimed BILL SLIDER MYSTERIES.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles still lives in London, has a husband and three children, and apart from writing her passions are music (she plays in several amateur orchestras) horses, wine, architecture and the English countryside.

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The majestic sweep of English history accessibly and movingly portrayed through the fictional lives of the Morland family.

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is also the author of the Bill Slider series of detective novels. She won the Romantic Novelists' Association Award in 1993.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
As a big fan of historic fiction, I found this to be one of the best in the genre. It is the first of a 20-book series on the Morland dynasty, beginning in the 15th century and ending in our time. Well researched and well written, this books simply does not allow you to stop until you reach the last page - and then rush to find the next in the series. The characters are alive and real and their story is a great way to learn about life in that time - both in the Yorkshire ocuntryside and in the English court. I am reading book 4 now and desperate to find book 5, no plans to stop until I reach the last one! The only problem with the series is that sometimes the time gap between books is big enough to make it a bit confusing, although the family tree pictured in each volume helps to find your way around.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Celeste on 4 July 2009
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I have spent so many hours reading the Morland Dynasty series and every one of them have been great. You get to know the family as well as how the historical events of the time affected the people.
And for the first time in my life, and I am 61 years old, and have been and avid reader for 50 of those years, I have reread some of the books. And I enjoyed them just as much the second time. I love the style of writing and look forward every fall for the next book.
Unfortunately I understand that there will be only one more book in this series which is a shame as it was to go to the present time.
You can't read 31 books without feeling that you know this family and their decendents.
There is actually a group on amazon in the us who discusses various issues and personalities of the characters.
Someone did a very poor job of advertising and promoting this series. I found it quite by accident as many others have.
A few of us have written to the author begging for just one more book and she would be happy to write it but the publisher isn't interested, which by the way the publisher denies.
Buy the first book, I guarantee you will be ordering the rest of the series and will be just as passionate about them as those of us who have read them are..Happy Reading
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Browning on 28 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I first bought this book many years ago and found it fascinating in its attention to detail. It has been followed by more than 20 books now - I am currently reading book 27 - and if you buy this book I guarantee you will want to read the rest too! I agree that the gap between books was confusing but after about the first 5 books, Ms Harrod-Eagles began to start her books where the last one left off, making it easier to follow the series.

The Founding is a masterpece of research into life in Middle-Age England, and shows how Civil War can split loyalties and families. It is also a great start to a wonderful Dynasty - every time I buy a new book in this series, I read the whole lot again from the start and I never get bored re-reading them. Thanks, Cynthia, its a great series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 13 Dec. 2008
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This book is brilliant, a definate page turner. This and all of the books that follow are fantastic reads. They combine real historical events with fascinating fictional characters. Deffinately worth buying, its a book that can be re-read over and again. Each book in the series follows dramatic events in the history of England and Europe. You will want to read the whole series following this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Gladden on 23 Aug. 2009
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I read the first book in the series about fourteen years ago and I absolutely love the Morland Dynasty books and look forward expectantly to the next book in the series. Every time I finish the latest book I can barely wait for the publication of the next book. Recently finished Book 31 Foreign Field and will try and fill my time productively until November 09 when the next book in the series is due for publication.

I relate the series to sitting down with an old friend that you haven't seen for ages and having a good gossip. My long suffering husband has to regularly listen to excerpts being read to him and bears it all with no ill-will and occassionally real interest.

I have saved every book of the series and will probably re-read them all again soon. The books need to carry an 'addictivity warning' - be prepared!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graceann Macleod on 16 Jan. 2010
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As of this review, there are now 32 books in the Morland Dynasty series, and this was the very first one. In 1434, Eleanor Courteney is pledged to Edward Morland in a marriage she resists in her heart and mind. Being a woman of her time, however, she does her feminine duty and serves her lord and country. Eleanor is the beginning of a long, long story, and she populates it heavily, first by giving birth to numerous children, and then by running their lives and the Morland Estates with an iron fist.

The family tree comes in extraordinarly handy by the end of the book, given how many Richards, Edwards, Edmunds and Cecilys there are. At times, some of the characters seem interchangeable in mannerism and in what happens to them. By the time I was nearing the end of this first novel, I was feeling a bit tired of the machinations of the indomitable Eleanor. She's not a particularly sympathetic character, and even when her management leads directly to heartbreaking tragedies, she learns nothing from events and plows forward just as she always did.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is an excellent writer. I got a wonderful feel for the home in which the Morlands lived, the difficulties they faced and the landscape surrounding them. Now that she's introduced me to this sprawling family, I look forward to seeing how they continue to interact with history.
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