“A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground.”
---Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian.”
---The San Diego Union
“Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He’s an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story.”
---The New York Times Book Review
“Ms. Penman’s novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life.”
---Chattanooga Daily Times
Another wonderful title, for it refers to the 15 years of England's darkest time-the civil war between the cousins Queen Maud and King Steven. England was deserted, for Christ and his saints were sleeping. I had never even heard of these royals. Queen Maud was the legitimate heir to the throne, but a woman, and there fore not fit to rule. She is also the mother of Henry, who later married Eleanor of Aquitaine . Pretty heady stuff, more incredible men and women, another book to get totally lost in.
Although it has been years since all these books were first published, I can name 5 stores I have been in in the past 3 months that have one of these titles in the Staff Recommends section.
-Alice Kesterson, Ballantine Regional Sales Manger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great stuff - highly, highly, highly recommended reading for any fan of historical fiction or English history.
Well written, amazing historical details, memorable and human characters, and a rich descriptive narrative make this a truly amazing book.
The book was well written, the story line kept me interested through all 900 + pages and I will definitely read more from this author.
Loved it. Learned a lot in an enjoyable way. I look forward to reading more from Sharon Kay Penman.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
A fairly quick read. Would recommend if your interested in an overview of the subject and a light but lengthily read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by rockinroller
Excellent Historical fiction - sucks you in and you are lost in another world.Published 16 days ago by Jill Lewis
Entertaining but long. Good character development. If you have the time and want light reading it is worth reading. Seemed modern. Enjoyed the afterword.Published 1 month ago by S. Hallock
At the back of the book the author provides a short dialogue about the "real" history undergirding the novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by OleTboy
Absolutely loved it! I am a huge Richard III lover and this book just fueled it. It paints a picture of Richard I have wanted to see in more depth. Fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allison Jones
I was disappointed. It dragged and read to much like a history book.Published 1 month ago by PHIL BISSELL
A different view of Richard III. As usual Penman transports the reader into another century..Published 2 months ago by kingbird