The Bastard

The Bastard This is the story of Philip Kent The illegitimate son of a British nobleman who was denied his heritage he embraces the ideals of the fledgling nation of America and takes up arms against his father

  • Title: The Bastard
  • Author: John Jakes
  • ISBN: 9780515041842
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the story of Philip Kent The illegitimate son of a British nobleman who was denied his heritage, he embraces the ideals of the fledgling nation of America and takes up arms against his father s homeland.

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    1. John Jakes

      John Jakes, the author of than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today s most distinguished writers of historical fiction His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy Jakes s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of the godfather of historical novelists from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, John Lee Gray Has ghost written as William Ard.

    682 thoughts on “The Bastard”

    1. I read this when it first came out in paperback in the 70's. Still have the same paperback, in fact. It was excellent then & continued my love of historical fiction that started with Harold Lamb's books. The book follows one young man for a few years from a small village in France, to a manor in England, London, & then to Boston & Philadelphia up until the opening salvo in the American Revolutionary War.I've read several articles over the years that said Jakes had the historical fact [...]


    2. This book has a soundtrack. When I was 11, my Gram was reading these novels. I would sneak them off her shelves and read them in my room while listening to my favorite ABBA albums. I can't think of this novel without thinking of 'Knowing Me, Knowing You.' I must have read each volume of the Kent Family Chronicles at LEAST four times each with the first three (The Bastard, The Rebels, The Seekers) being my favorites. This was in my pre-historical romance phase and I though this book terribly roma [...]


    3. It's really hard for me to rate this accurately because (and I know this is bizarre) this was one of my absolute favorite books when I was in middle school. I was so big on the Bicentennial Series that it's hard for me to see it clearly.So. The prose does not hold up. The characters are kind of hilarious in their sexism. But my affection for hearing this story again is pretty unmatched, so: FOUR STARS, DAMMIT.


    4. Just arrived from USA through BM. This is the first book of the Kent Family Chronicles.The plot describes the life of Philippe Charboneau, the bastard son of Duke of Kentland, who in search of his legitimate inheritance, fights with his half brother, Roger, in order to prevail his legal rights.However, when Philippe and his mother Jane, went to claim his rights, Roger and his mother plot against them and forced them seek refuge quickly in London in order to avoid a false murder charge.In London, [...]


    5. ENTERTAINING AND ENLIGHTENING.“There is absolutely nothing inherent in the structure of the universe which dictates that any free man should be expected to obey authority unless he wishes to—for his own benefit, and by his own consent.” (p. 16)I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why it has taken me—self-professed lover of epic historical novels—so long to get around to reading my first novel by the “godfather of historical novelists,” John Jakes. The Bastard (Kent Family Chro [...]


    6. Back in the seventies my dad and I sometimes read books together. For Christmas one year I bought him the first three books in a boxed set. Sometime later I bought the next two from a book club, so they were hard cover, then the rest as they became available, again in paperback. We both enjoyed them and sometimes discussed them, but I don't remember what exactly. The seventies are a while back.What I do remember is reading the first and second books: "The Bastard" and "The Rebels." I liked all t [...]


    7. (The Kent Family Chronicles 8-Volume Set: The Bastard, The Rebels, The Seekers, The Furies, The Titans, The Warriors, The Lawless, The Americans (Kent Family Chronicles, Volumes 1 thru 8) (Hardcover)by John Jakes (Author))In the beginning there is a bastard who meet some well known historical people in England. He follows them back to the Americas. This is before the war for independence. This was my first introduction to John Jakes. I fell in love with this writer's style and characters. I was [...]


    8. John Jakes has a way of engaging you immediately with his characters while immersing you in the historical period. He adds a bit of romance to spice things up. The Bastard is the first in a series of eight novels called The Kent Family Chronicles. The author provides a family tree tracing the Kent family through all eight books, indicating which characters inhabit which books.In The Bastard, we see the mercantile class in France, royalty of England, and freedom-seeking patriots in America. The b [...]


    9. 11/85, 4 stars ****Ah, how one's tastes change over the years. I loved the North & South trilogy, have never read this lot, so thought I'd give the first a go. Unfortunately, though, I probably won't carry on with the next. Not because it was a bad book as such, but just because it did drag on a bit and it obviously just isn't my cup of tea anymore. I'm still giving it 4 stars though, because it's Mr Jakes, you know, and his historical fiction is always on the mark so he's worth it on that b [...]


    10. After talking about Jack wanting to Read GWTW I tried to remember adult books I read when I was a child. Sadly, this is one of the first that comes to mind. I read the whole Kent Family Saga when I was 12 or so. I liked them at the time, but I hesitate to go back and reread. These were the first books I ever read where fictional characters interacted with people from history.



    11. The Bastard, written in 1974, is the first book of John Jakes bicentennial series. From the first sentence of the first paragraph on the first page the story grabs you and takes you on an unforgettable trip from France through England and to a new land across the sea. Phillipe Charboneau, being raised by his mother Marie, leads a lonely life at the family inn in France. Circumstances soon find them traveling to England where they meet a family of printers and the snobbish elite of English societ [...]


    12. There was a level of simplicity in the story that disappointed me. I enjoy an epic feeling in historical fiction. Ultimately, I cannot fault the simplicity of the story as the main character of the story is himself a simple man. I suppose I can't be too harsh as I stayed awake until 1 am to finish the book. I often found the supporting characters more interesting than the main character. The entirety of the first book is a journey of the main character to determine who he wants to be and who he [...]


    13. The first of an 8 volume set of historical fiction by John Jakes. The Kent Family Chronicles done around the bi-centenial covers the Kent family from the 1770s to the 1970s. The Bastard starts out with Phillipe living with his mother Marie in France. His mother tells him that he is the bastard son of an English noblemen. Marie and Phillipe travel to England to insure Phillipe will inherit part of his father's estate. When they arrive they find out his father is dead and his half brother Roger wa [...]


    14. Another book I sort of "stumbled" into. I like history and some historical fiction. This one and the couple of its sequels I read treaded dangerously close to what I would call "soap opera" status.We follow Philip from the time in his "youth" when he discovers (from his mother who has kept the secret till this point) that he is the "bastard" of the title. He is the unacknowledged son of James Amberly, the 6th Duke of Kent. Coolexcept that the duke's family isn't thrilled about his existence.Life [...]


    15. Well, I figured this would be as much as it is - this falls under Historical, but it should be more of Historical Romance, which is not my fare - Sure, it is no Romance novel with "breasts heaving" kind of thing, but the "hero" is not a very heroic gentleman at all, nor is he a character that I like. No character is one that I like, and that is what made this hard to continue with.The overview of this novel, and the entire series, sounds promising and interesting, but the words that fell onto th [...]


    16. If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. What a great read. I had a lot of fun with this book. The book is about Phillipe Charboneau, who later changes his name to Phillip Kent. He travels from France to England, and then to America in search of himself and a place he can call home. All of the historical characters really made it exciting. They included Paul Revere, Sam Adams, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin was a riot. I’m glad the story doesn’t end here and I’m looking for [...]


    17. This is Book One of the Kent Family Chronicles, a series I read 40-some years ago. This book takes you to major Revolutionary events leading up to and closing with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Phillip Kent is present at many of them and meets all the major figures of the time both in the Colonies and in London before he emigrates to America. This title is followed by seven more in the series. I was impressed and enjoyed the series back then, but now I find that I want smaller scope and [...]


    18. Rejoice, Rachel!Done with The Bastard! It took me a while, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Earnest and at times a little too concerned with being historically accurate/specific, this book was thoroughly enjoyable and full of characters that you can't help but liking - even if they are a little ridiculous. Be warned: side effects of this book include spontaneous obsession with Benjamin Franklin and slight tummy ache induced by machismo.


    19. I finally picked up a book by John Jakes, and I am so glad I did. I am even more glad that it is a series - I can't wait to read the next one! This book starts in France, travels to England, and ends up in colonial America at the start of the Revolutionary war. It's filled with interesting characters and lots of history - any fan of historical fiction will be sure to love this one.


    20. I'm not sure if I felt excited rereading this book again after more than 20 years but I did have a nice time catching up with an old fictional friend. As an adult I feel as though the book was a little trashy.metimes even annoying. I'm not sure if I want to reread the rest of the series I guess time will decide.


    21. This was one of the first major historical novels that I have ever read and have been hooked on them ever since! This novel took a time in history and made it vivid and clear for the reader. Full of adventure and wonderful characters. I honestly do not know how many times I have read this novel and still found it amazing! Highly recommended-the whole series!


    22. What an enjoyable book! This is exactly why I love historical fiction - there's action and key people/places, and the authors weave great people on top. The book got a bit draggy in places, but I expect that with over 500 pages. I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book.


    23. An awesome first book of a great series written by a great writer! Historical fiction starting before the American revolution



    24. I learned more about US History from John Jakes than any textbook. It brought the dates and events into human focus. I'm going to have my kids read them when they're studying US History.


    25. Phillipe has struggled along with his mother to carve a lifestyle out of a country inn in rural France. She has always encouraged him to better himself and to be educated, as well as to learn English. After his mother catches him in a compromising situation, she tells him the story of his birth and why her expectations are so high for him – he is the bastard child of an English lord. When word arrives that Phillipe’s father is ill, they travel to England in the hopes that upon his death Phil [...]


    26. This book was what I think was the catalyst that began my lifelong interest in genealogy, family tree histories and how certain character traits may be passed down throughout subsequent generations. The main character, born a bastard (his father being of nobility his mother a commoner, Phillipe leaves his birth country of France for America. Along the course of his life, he interacts and befriends some colonial heavy hitters, such as Ben Franklin, amongst others. The Centennial Series follows an [...]


    27. I may one of the few people of my generation who did not read this series of books during the Bicentennial so when it was offered as a Kindle discount I decided to try The Bastard. I especially liked the up close and personal look at some of the motivations and ambivalence leading up to the Revolutionary War. Although we all have studied the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's ride, this book allows us to go behind the scenes and meet the characters (and I use that term in all its connotations) i [...]


    28. There is a reason this series by John Jakes is so highly rated. The writing is polished, characters well developed, good pacing, historically accurate and full of historical detail. Really superb. There is even (some) romance. There is violence too however, because this is a Cain & Abel story as well as a personal account of the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. This book ends with the outbreak of actual shooting around Concord, NH.


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