The Magnificent Century

The Magnificent Century THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY the second volume of Costain s A History of the Plantagenets covers Henry III s long and turbulent reign from to During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular

  • Title: The Magnificent Century
  • Author: Thomas B. Costain
  • ISBN: 9780445085121
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, the second volume of Costain s A History of the Plantagenets, covers Henry III s long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272 During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences and theology, as well as in government Despite all, it was truly a magnificentTHE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, the second volume of Costain s A History of the Plantagenets, covers Henry III s long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272 During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences and theology, as well as in government Despite all, it was truly a magnificent century Combines a love of the subject with factual history.a great story San Francisco Chronicle A History of the Plantagenets includes THE CONQUERING FAMILY, THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, THE THREE EDWARDS and THE LAST PLANTAGENETS.

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    1. The volume of Costain's series on the Plantagenet kings covers the 13th Century and the reign of Henry III. This was a turbulent period that witnessed war between England and France, civil war between the Barons and the Crown as well as conflicts between the Pope and the Crown. In the end, it was a century of progress for the right of the common man, science and learning, though the folks of the period would have been hard pressed to see it.As a read, the book was very much a survey. Costain rec [...]

    2. Read By: David CaseGenre: HistoryPublisher: Books on TapeSeries Name: The Pageant of EnglandPosition in Series: 2Abridged: NoBook Description Blurb================THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, the second volume of Costain's A History of the Plantagenets, covers Henry III's long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272. During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent, yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences and theology, as well as in government. D [...]

    3. This is a great place to begin if you want to get all the facts from the PLANTAGENET'S FAMILY you will understand more what you are reading! I would say this is great for ones starting out as it is easy to follow and isn't a dry read for a non-fiction. But for those with more experience there isn't anything really NEW that you wouldn't already know but it it was fun to hear it all again like a quick refresher course! LOL

    4. This is the second of Costain’s series on the Plantagenets. Since this covers the reign of only one of them, and there were ten more before giving over to the Tudors, I have a feeling someone’s going get scant coverage in the next two books.Regardless, it’s a good read. It’s not for the scholar; there are no footnotes. Costain is telling a story about a long-reigned and disappointing monarch. There is a lot of name-dropping. The reader reads a little of such—legends?—as Willikin of t [...]

    5. A book for those who like storytelling and aren't too worried about accuracy or invention. As a kid, I loved Costain's historical fiction, THE BLACK ROSE, and as a traveler found novels like RIDE WITH ME, BELOW THE SALT and THE SILVER CHALICE fitting the bill for railroad cars, airport waiting rooms and hotels in hot countries where you don't go out during the day and the television is not in English (if there's a TV at all). I've worked my way through the first two of "The Plantagenet" series u [...]

    6. This book covers the reign of Henry III, a reign that brought about the beginnings of self rule for the people of England, largely because of the poor job that Henry did as king. I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous book in the series, mainly because the personalities and events were simply less compelling, which is no fault of the author. The style is exactly the same as the previous book, short biographies of important people, a description of what life was like for the common people, of [...]

    7. The "Magnificent" Century? Is that meant to be ironic? This second in Thomas B. Costain's books on the Plantagenets covers the 13th century, the 1200's, and the reign of Henry III not the most spectacular period for the dynasty. Although a bit more historical in feel than the first book "The Conquering Family", this second volume is still written as popular history to be read by the general public - no major citation of sources, no foot nor end notes here. Costain combines his own conjecture as [...]

    8. I've picked up this volume immediately after finishing 'Conquering family', the first volume in this book series. That in itself should be the best indication of the fact that I really enjoy reading these books, because usually I always switch between authors and book cycles.This second volume only re-inforced my initial impression of Costain's work. As scholary history works they're absolutely hopeless! The story focuses almost exclusively on the absolute top level of society. The few commoners [...]

    9. This is the first of Costain's books that I have read and I am anxious to read more. Reading this reminded me of sitting in history class in college - yes there is a lot of information, no it is not a quick, easy read - but a century (the 13th) worth of information is presented in a way that you learn and are fixated at the same time. Since this was a time period I had not read much about beforehand, I was on the edge of my seat at some times wondering what would happen next. The story of Simon [...]

    10. Thomas B. Costain's second book in his Plantagenet series focuses on the life of Henry III and to a large extent Simon De Montfort. The first book runs through Henry II and his sons with solid details, but without spending too much time on any of the people. For me, I was not expecting book 2 to be almost totally devoted to the life of Henry III. Additionally, I just do not find Henry III to be the most interesting of the Plantagenets. However, Costain does a good job with subject matter again. [...]

    11. Although not as good as The Conquering Family, Costain still presents a fascinating, page-turning history of the reign of Henry III. One complaint that I do have is with the title, throughout the book I kept asking myself why this England under the rule of the absolutely comicly inept Henry was so magnificent. Other than hints at Simon de Monfort´s democratic ideals, its not until the final few chapters of the book that Costain actually makes his case for the magnificence of the century, which [...]

    12. The second book in Costain's series on the Plantagenet kings covers the 13th Century and the reign of Henry III. As he says in the book, Henry III was the son of probably the worst ever English king (John) and the father of one of the best, Edward I. Although Henry reigned for over 50 years, he was a poor king and somehow the country managed to prosper despite his efforts. The book details Henry's reign in great detail, all of it fascinating. It covers the of the turbulent period between England [...]

    13. I love British History and this series is among my favorites. I've had the privilege of reading many of Costain's novels, and while I enjoy them, this history is by far his best work. Although it is non-fiction, it is amusing and tragic by turns, as much so as any good novel. His research is fantastic, all the way down to the clothing, which I enjoy as I am a costumer with an avid interest in fashion history. It's especially enjoyable to read about the Plantagenet's considering the recent discov [...]

    14. Costain does not tell us often enough the year that things are happening. I found the descendancy chart on pp. 12 and 13 extremely helpful. Somehow, I did not enjoy this book as much as the predecessor, The Conquerors, perhaps because the personnel were not as interesting. I don’t think there is as interesting story in all of history as that of Henry II, his wife and sons, and Thomas Becket. On the other hand, it is intriguing that such a great king as Edward I should descend from the evil and [...]

    15. Much weaker than The Conquering Family. Would have been better with more focus on Henry III and less tangents on the state of the church, economy, social order, etc. Very little of those tangents play into the key conflict of the reign, that between Henry & Simon de Montfort. I find Costain most compelling when he sticks to power struggles.And if the book is titled "The Magnificent Century", what of Edward I's reign beginning in 1272? Book felt slapped together at times.As an aside, for a ki [...]

    16. Wow. Henry III was ridiculous, but his reign was worth it for the backdrop to Simon de Montfort. He is my new obsession, and I must visit the site where Evesham Abbey (his burial place) used to be some day. He's on my list with Thomas Cranmer and the Anglo-Saxons as the people I most mourn in English history. It's hard to hate Henry III and Edward II, though, at least not like I hate William the Conqueror and Mary Tudor. Henry was too ridiculous to really hate, only feel contempt for him. And Ed [...]

    17. I'm re-reading this for the second time. It's every bit as wonderful as I remembered it. Thomas Costain (RIP) wrote the most readable history of any historical author I've ever read. His books seem more like fiction and, even when I know what's going to happen, I find myself wondering what comes next. He lends his work a sense of immediacy.As this was book 2 of 4, I'm going to take a break before re-reading books 3 and 4. They will be something to look forward to with anticipation. (and I have s [...]

    18. This is the 2nd book in this series and not nearly as fun to read as the first. Too many side treks and out of sequence segments for me. Mr Costain has a higher opinion of Edward I than I do certainly in his reference to Edward being a moderate voice in the dealings with the rebel barons and remaining family of Simon de Montfort. And for some reason still contends that John Longespee is the son of Henry II's Fair Rosamund. Just plain wrong. A dry read for sure.

    19. Costain is a splendid historian, treating his subjects fairly, conveying history as it was, but at the same time writing with a novelist's flair. No chapter is dull, nor any of the characters. Costain blows the dust off them and makes them each stand out from the pages of history, alive with their virtues and vices. If you ever think that all histories are dull, I defy you to find Costain's to be so.

    20. The second book of the Plantagenet series was as illuminating and readable as the first volume. Using Henry III and his long but incompetent reign as the pivot point, Costain tells of the beginnings of England's constitutional government, the events that shaped Henry's son and next king, Edward I, and the hints of the age of enlightenment to come. I look forward to reading the next two volumes as I work my way through the centuries of British history.

    21. What an interesting book! I've read historical fiction about the players in this book (Henry III, Simon de Montfort, Edward I, Eleanor of Provence) but this really explained the back story without much bias. Unfortunately, since this book was published in 1963 and is out of print, I did have to interlibrary loan it from Weber County. Can't wait to start reading The Three Edwards.

    22. Excellent book about Henry III of England - "son of the worst of kings and father of the best." Costain is a great writer; lifelike battle scenes, humor, beautiful descriptions of fashion and court life, and many fascinating anecdotes about medieval life. (And all without graphic sex or profanity!)

    23. I read this in high-school, along with a bunch of other historical fiction. I remember the title as being something I really liked, but for the life of me can't remember the details of what I liked about it, now.

    24. I've gotten accustomed to the narrator's voice, so this was a very quick read. It was fun, but I'd recommend A Distant Mirror instead.

    25. Second in the series. I actually read these a few years ago so this is simply a review of what happened. Given all the novels that are coming out about that time, I would recommend this series for someone who wants an overview of what really happened.

    26. Not quite as good as The Conquerors, but it's not the author's fault that Henry III wasn't the character his father and grandfather were. Still a wonderful story, I learned an awful lot about the 13th century.

    27. Yet another great job by Costain in his examination of medieval England, this one focusing on the 13th century and the long reign of Henry III. Just one more to go in this 4 book series.

    28. Costain seems to have been forgotten. Too bad. His English histories are well worth the reading. This volume of the series, "The Pageant of England" occurs around 1260 to 1480+. A wonderful read.

    29. This is the first in the magnificent quatrain works on the House of Plantagenets by Costain. Every one is interesting, because he writes with such lucid styles.

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