The Princeling (Morland Dynasty #3)

princelingThe Princeling is the third book in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s Morland Dynasty series, which traces British history through the eyes of one fictional family, the Morlands. In this book, various Morlands serve in the courts of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, travel with Sir Francis Drake, and join up with a traveling theatre troupe. The focus of the story, however, is on the Morland family itself, as issues of inheritance and of religion bring conflict to the family.  

Nanette, one of the central characters in The Dark Rose, continues to play a significant role in the family, but most of the story is devoted to the lives of the children of Nanette’s cousin Paul, the current head of the Morland family. The fact that this next generation of Morlands is so large, with each of the family members traveling a different path, sometimes gives the book a scattered feeling, but each storyline is interesting, and I’m not sure I could have done without any of them.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book, as with the previous books, was how it gives a sense of what the time was like for people who were not themselves in the seats of power. It’s fair to say that the Morlands are not a typical family of the time, given their wealth and their closeness to royalty, but they are not making the decisions regarding succession to the throne, the religion of the land, and any military or exploratory campaigns. They do, however, have to deal with the consequences. And I’m eager to see how they deal with future challenges as I continue to read this series.

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4 Responses to The Princeling (Morland Dynasty #3)

  1. Katherine says:

    I’ve been meaning to start this series for a while now.

  2. Danielle says:

    I just finished the fifth book, The Black Pearl and enjoyed it for the same reasons you are enjoying the books. I’ve been really slow getting to book 6, though, and I hope to read a few more in the series this year. They are fast and entertaining reads as well.

  3. Elaine says:

    I love this series and to follow the fortunes of a single family throughout history is fascinating. CH-E research is breathtaking. Be warned – I am now on book 25 and am up to the end of WW1 so you have a long way to go!

  4. Teresa says:

    Katherine: This series was on my TBR list for at least five years because I didn’t want to start it until I had several of the books, and they’re hard to find. I’m glad I finally got around to it.

    Danielle: Hee–I think I commented on your Black Pearl review just as you were commenting here. It took me forever to get started but I’m hoping to read one a month.

    Elaine: Wow! Book 25! And I understand that book 31 was just published. At one a month, It’ll take me over two years, but I’m glad to hear it’s worth hanging in there.

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