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The Founding

Published: April 2010
SKU: 9781402238154

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“The yardstick by which all historical novels are measured.”*

Seeking power and prestige, grim, ambitious Yorkshireman Edward Morland arranges a marriage between his meek son Robert and spirited Eleanor, young ward of the influential Beaufort family. Eleanor is appalled at being forced to marry a mere “sheep farmer”; she is, after all, secretly in love with Richard, Duke of York.

Yet from this apparently ill-matched union, Robert and Eleanor form a surprising connection that soon will be tested by a bloody civil war that divides families, sets neighbor against neighbor, and brings tragedy close to home.

What Readers Are Saying:*

“As a big fan of historical fiction, I found this to be one of the best in the genre.”

“Brilliant, a definite page turner. They combine real historical events with fascinating fictional characters.”

“The founding is a masterpiece of research into life in Middle-Age England. 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.”

“Well researched and well written, this book simply does not allow you to stop until you reach the last page—and then rush to find the next in the series.”

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Case Count: 12
  • Series: Morland Dynasty , Book 1
"A fresh perspective with interesting characters." — A Blog of Books
"For readers who enjoy an ongoing family saga, you'll want to pick up this book. It's a very satisfying read and will be a great addition to your Historical shelf. " — Between the Pages
"A writer of depth and style. The characterization and plotting are stunning." — Bookfoolery & Babble
"The detail was amazing. You really feel as if you are a part of the time period." — Books Like Breathing
"A great historical read with love, death disease and everything that can befall a family of this time period." — Celtic Lady's Reviews
"Cynthia Harrod-Eagles makes the time period almost a character in the story. It was very prominent and very well researched. " — Debbie's Book Bag
"A great new way to experience English history." — Devourer of Books
"Harrod-Eagles stays true to the facts and social mores of the era, presenting a family—and a country—on the cusp of something new. This is a fine family saga ." — Historical Novel Review
"This is truly an epic story, that I'm sure will entertain as I read through the years." — Jenny Loves to Read
"An entertaining and engrossing read that contains two intriguing elements...family drama and history. " — Passages to the Past
"I was sucked in immediately... beautifully written. " — Pudgy Penguin Perusals
"This epic, brilliantly intricate series is like a family tree come to life. " — Queen of Happy Endings
"I can see myself becoming very enthralled with this series. " — Readin' and Dreamin'
"A must read for all fans of British History. " — Renee's Reads
"A rather delightful read as well as an intriguing historical look into life during the middle years of the 1400s." — Rundpinne
"Excellent... all history lovers will enjoy." — She Read a Book
"With the deft stroke of her pen, [Cynthia Harrod-Eagles] captures the beauty and ugliness of the period." — So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
"Harrod-Eagles weaves historical figures and events into the dramas, failures, and successes of the Morlands... Fascinating." — Starting Fresh
"A good read for any lover of good historical fiction." — The Broken Teepee
"The Founding is a masterpiece of research into life in Medieval England." — The Historical Novel Review Blog
"Rich in historical details, populated by compelling and very real characters and a true page-turner... one of the true cornerstones of historical fiction of the late 20th century." — Thoughts From Lady Tess
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