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The Founding: The Morland Dynasty, Book 1 [Paperback]

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Book Description

31 Dec 1981 Morland Dynasty (Book 1)

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
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (31 Dec 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751503827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751503821
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,830 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.

About the Author

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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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 22 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Founding of a riveting Dynasty 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Celeste
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 13 Dec 2008
By Sam
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Morland Dynasty 23 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent beginning to an exciting series! 2 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Eleanor Courteney is none too pleased when she hears that she is to be married to a local sheep farmer's son. Given that Eleanor is an orphan with no dowry to speak of this match is actually better than a girl in her situation could've hoped for, but the young and feisty future matriarch of the Morland dynasty doesn't see it that way. She is still secretly pining away for Edward, Duke of York with whom she fancies herself in love.

Robert Morland and Eleanor are as different as night and day. Meek and somewhat spineless, at least where his father is concerned, Robert can only stare in awe at his future wife so full of confidence and spunk. While Robert is immediately smitten with Eleanor, she is not impressed with this seeming wimp of a husband and horrified at her new surroundings of the Morland home. Ever pragmatic, Eleanor soon resigns herself to her new life and sets out to make this new home her own, despite the obstacles set in her way by her father in law, Edward, who has less manners than the sheep he raises.

Through the years and as they work together to build their dynasty, expand their family business and produce an abundance of children, Robert and Eleanor's relationship deepens into one of mutual love and respect.

As for the historical setting, The Founding takes place during the time of the War of the Roses and the reign of Richard III into the usurpation of the crown by Henry Tudor. Eleanor's previous connection with royalty and her status as a wealthy cloth merchant provides us with a glimpse into the politics of the day, via the key people themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Book 1 of a great series. Story of a family dynasty surrounded by historical fact. Excellent author.
Published 1 month ago by Owlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A colleague recommended these books to me and I am so glad she did. I can't wait to read the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs I Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Enjoyed this so much, very easy to read will definitely read the next book in this series. Onto book 2
Published 2 months ago by Anniewomble
3.0 out of 5 stars Dynasty The Founding
OK read but sadly didn't lead me to immediately order the other books in the series. To be fair that COULD be because I've downloaded loads of books recently and wanted to get on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start
I read this many years ago and really loved it. It's the beginning of a huge saga taking you from the 15th century to almost the present day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elaine 83
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
A good story - looking forward to reading the rest of the series which I read years ago as books
Published 5 months ago by D. A. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars History made fun
An easy and interesting historical chronicle set in York, from the time of Richardthe third, all the way to the present day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Morland Dynasty series
This is the most enjoyable book series I have ever read. Have been reading this for over 30 years, started in the Royal Air Force and have been getting it yearly ever since and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by forresblonde
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be a good read
Have not read this yet but looking forward to starting it. Lots more in the series. Nothing more to say
Published 6 months ago by CMH
5.0 out of 5 stars First class historical fiction
If you like Philippa Gregory, you'll love this. I read another writer's blog (Random Jottings - The End of a Dynasty? Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Book Witch
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