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

The Founding : The Morland Dynasty, Book 1 Paperback

Part of the Morland Dynasty series

4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780751503821

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I read this because it is set in the time of The War of the Roses.I found myself enjoying it a lot... But also found that it took me a long time to read - heavy if you like - however it has a fair bit to do with The war of the roses, especially on the yorkists side. I always enjoy reading about Richard the III when the are not using the usual Tudor lies (or propaganda)!Very enjoyable!

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I stumbled across #19 in this family saga and enjoyed it so much that I went back to this book - the first of the Morland Dynasty books - and then read the lot. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles relies on solid research to ground her characters in the England - most specifically Yorkshire and London - of medieval times through to (currently) World War I. Pure escapism with a bit of a history lesson thrown in.

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The Founding, the first book in the Morland Dynasty series, covers the War of the Roses from 1434 to 1483. Robert Morland, heir to the Morland estate, marries Eleanor Courteney, thereby uniting money with a family name. Eleanor quickly becomes the family matriarch, staunchly supporting the Yorkists in the struggle for the English throne. The story of The Founding covers fifty years and five generations of the Morland family.The series is truly addictive. It’s not great literature, by any means, but Cynthia Harrod-Eagles knows how to tell an entertaining story, and none of it is contrived. The Morland family in the Founding is closely aligned with the Plantagenets, following them right up through the Battle of Bosworth Field.

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Re-read recently after a gap of 15-20 years. Still loved, though many some of my score is for sentimental value. Maybe this time round, I'll read up to the end of the series...

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This first novel of the Morland Dynasty is called the Founding, the beginning of the Morland dynasty. In this book you will meet Edward Morland and his son Richard. Edward wants to make an advantageous marriage with the Eleanor, ward of the Beauford family. The Morlands are a ficticious family but there are a lot of true historical figures portrayed. The main character is Eleanor who is the matriarch of this growing family. This volume includes the background of the War of The Roses. The Morlands are staunch Yorkists and members of the family fight and die in the wars going on at that time. The Morlands help fund these wars to keep Richard III on the throne. The story goes into the Battle Of Bosworth where King Richard is killed and Henry Tidr (Tudor) takes the throne. In the 539 pages of this novel there are births , deaths, portrayals of what life was like on a sheep farm in the middle ages. The story mostly takes place on this farm and the strong will of Eleanor to keep her family together and make good marriages although not all the Morland children comply with what she wants..It was hard to try to keep track of who was who what with all the different marriages and children born over a 60 year period. Of course I did find myself referring to the family tree a lot. I enjoyed this story immensely and do intend to continue with the series. I am looking forward to reading the second volume in the series this summer. A great historical read with love, death disease and everything that can befall a family of this timeperiod.I received this copy of The Founding from Sourcebooks for review and was not monetarily compensated for my honest review.

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