The Morland Dynasty
My Cynthia Harrod-Eagles collection turned up the other day. They had been on the shelves in my library in Virginia and where the packers had put them was anybody’s guess. Under a pile of office supplies and some CDs, it turns out.
This is a series of 29 or so books about a fictional family in Yorkshire, starting in 1434 and continuing through the early 20th century. Harrod-Eagles packs a lot of history into each volume. Reading these novels is a painless way to learn to learn about Lancaster and York, to remember the date of the Battle of Bosworth Field, and to get a feel for the lives of prosperous merchants in the 15th century.
The first three books in the series are The Founding (1980), The Dark Rose (1981), and The Princeling (1981.)
It used to be difficult to get these books in the US, but I find that Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble now sell them. Do your self a favor and buy the first volume. You will find it’s very difficult to stop reading once you meet the Morlands and the world they lived in.