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The Spider King ebook

by Lawrence Schoonover


this is another excellent book by lawerence schoonover. i did not want to put the book down after i started it. anyone who enjoys historical novals will really enjoy this.

His intitiatives resulted in a strong central government with participation by the people, the destruction of feudalism, an excellent road system, reliable postal service, and uniform laws. this is another excellent book by lawerence schoonover. One person found this helpful.

The Spider King (The Schoonover Collection)

The Spider King (The Schoonover Collection). by. Lawrence Schoonover (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. Schoonover was born in Iowa and graduated from the University of Wisconsin before moving to New York to work for a large advertising agency.

Lawrence Schoonover (1906–1980) was an American novelist. Born in Anamosa, Iowa, Schoonover attended the University of Wisconsin, then worked in advertising before becoming a novelist. Writing mostly historical fiction, his attention to detail and historical accuracy won him great praise by his contemporaries. Among his novels are Queen's Cross, The Burnished Blade, Gentle Infidel, The Spider King, and The Prisoner of Tordesillas.

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Spider King: A Biographical Novel of Louis XI of France. by Lawrence Schoonover. The young Prince was hated by his father, his powerful cousin, and challenged by a personal foe known only to his wife, his priest, and his alchemist. This is the story of the resolute dreamer Louis and his supporters, who saw a nation s unrealized potential and its way to greatness. Renowned author Lawrence Schoonover weaves a vibrant story of an inspirational victory over tremendous odds.

Lawrence Schoonover was an American novelist. Among his many well-known books are Queen"s Cross, The Burnished Blade, Gentle Infidel, The Spider King, and The Prisoner of Tordesillas. These and other titles are being redesigned for release beginning in 2008 by "Fountain City Publishing".

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This book has stood the test od time. I read it in Junior High, before I knew understood handicapping conditions. The book made me see capabilities in a complex man who shaped his own destiny despite the hindrances of his time. I recently re-ordered it as a must have for my library.
uspeh
Schoonover was a popular historical novelist in the 1950s but is largely forgotten today, unfortunately. His first novel, The Burnished Blade, set in France in the mid-15th century, was a bestseller. This one shares the same time and place, more or less, but with an entirely different set of characters -- except for the great financier, Jacques Coeur, who was a major figure in the earlier book, and has only a minor supporting role in this one. The subject is the life of King Louis XI, son of Charles VII (the monarch whom Joan of Arc crowned and otherwise a complete waste of space), one of the first "modern" monarchs, a progenitor of the Renaissance and of Humanism -- though he likely wouldn't have understood either term, really. But he knew the difference between the old, feudal way of ruling and the new, practical way. Louis preferred winning the battle over fighting chivalrously and losing. He was a courageous fighter in his youth, and if he found himself unable to defeat an enemy knight in combat, he would kill the enemy horse, then dispatch the knight on his way to the ground. Machiavelli later thought highly of his methods. The story follows Louis's progress from childhood through early manhood, when his father learned not to trust him (he was far more intelligent than his old man, who was made uncomfortable by the fact) and forced him into internal exile in the Dauphiné. Louis reformed the province, made it run efficiently, gave the people a certain amount of self-government, revolutionized its economy and its military (he was in love with the new technology of artillery), and made both admiring friends and deadly enemies. His father finally attacked the Dauphiné and Louis had to flee to his uncle, Duke Philip "the Good" of Burgundy -- one of the most glittering courts of the age. Philip's son, however, Charles "the Bold," became a lifelong enemy of France and that enmity took up a large portion of Louis's life. But Louis won it all in the long run, pushing his country's borders out to their present extent, centralizing the government, breaking the power of the great aristocrats, and (though he was a thorough autocrat) laying the groundwork for government by the people. Most of the historical interpretation is reasonable, though the author naturally dramatizes events that might not have been so eye-catching in real life. Nearly all the players, too, are real people, with the notable exception of Henri Le Clerq, Louis's chief of artillery, whose bastardy adds a thread of intrigue to the story. The narrative style is very much that of a storyteller and even if you already know, in a general way, what's going to happen, you won't want to put it down until you -- and Louis -- both reach the end.
Dalallador
The Spider King is a wonderful account of the life of Louis XI of France, a very modern king at the end of the feudal age. This organizational genius established the borders of France, and France as a country, basically as we know it today. His intitiatives resulted in a strong central government with participation by the people, the destruction of feudalism, an excellent road system, reliable postal service, and uniform laws. However, his real gift was for intrigue, hence, his nickname, the Spider King. He used a network of spies not only in the upper echelons of governments, but also among the people themselves. By this method, he incited uprisings in the states of rival lords, funded foreign states in wars against his enemies, assassinated pretenders to the crown and won the hearts of his subjects. All this he accomplished in spite of having physical deformities and epilepsy in an age when these were viewed as demonic. Mr. Schoonover's account is historically accurate, but has enough embellishment to make the inhabitants of the 15th century real to the reader.
Androlhala
The Spider King is a wonderful account of the life of Louis XI of France, a very modern king at the end of the feudal age. This organizational genius established the borders of France, and France as a country, basically as we know it today. His intitiatives resulted in an excellent road system, reliable postal service, representative government, and uniform laws, but his real gift was for intrigue. He used a network of spies not only in the upper echelons of governments, but also among the people themselves. By this method, he incited uprisings in the states of rival lords, funded foreign states in wars against his enemies, assassinated pretenders to the crown and won the hearts of his subjects. All this he accomplished in spite of having physical deformities and epilepsy in an age when that was viewed as demonic. Mr. Schoonover's account is historically accurate, but has enough embellishment to make the inhabitants of the 15th century real to the reader.
Unirtay
An excellent book in Schoonover's list of historical fiction titles. If you are a fan of Maurice Druon, read this.
Ce
this is another excellent book by lawerence schoonover. i did not want to put the book down after i started it. anyone who enjoys historical novals will really enjoy this.
The Spider King ebook
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Lawrence Schoonover
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