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“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.
Few books have touched me as much as this one. I'm writing this review, after reading this book for the second time. Read morePublished 4 days ago by maltesemummy
The Sunne in Splendor is the historical fiction account of the life of King Richard III. I had heard that the book was a generous portrait of Richard III, that dark-haired Yorkist... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Claudine Wolk
Very well written and engaging , the author follows the historical facts quite closely, albeit at the time of publication. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gillian M. Rayner
Love this book. Full of history, love and action. Highly recommendPublished 21 days ago by Rose Odlin
This is a good book, but far from her best work. As I was reading the phrase that was going through my head was that she was an author "looking for her voice. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Joel Mayer
Well written but the Ricardian propaganda is shoved down your throat. Don't read unless you really love R3-his enemies come off badly and he comes off as too noble and innocent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Celegirl27
I was overwhelmed by this book and actually ran across it quite by accident. About 40 or more years ago read a series of historical novels by Thomas Costain and the last one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicki T. Daly