“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.
I love to read historical fiction, but don't love the droning of history books.
Penman writes beautifully of other times, bringing them to life, and making the reader care desperately for her characters.
Sharon Kay Penman's book traces the story of Edward IV and Richard III and those surrounding them.
Move over Shakespeare!---Sharon Kay Penman has written a masterpiece about Edward IV and Richard III!
Was Richard III a monster? Here is my answer..yes and no! Read more
One of my favorite genres would be historical novels and I am new to Ms. Penman’s works. I don’t know how or why it took me so long to discover her, but I am here now! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Milinda S. Paquette
Excellent story centering around one of England's many Civil Wars, the 15th century War of the Roses. While it was a very long book, it was well written and very entertaining. Read morePublished 5 days ago by D. English
I had forgotten how moving and entertaining a novel can be, least of all a historical novel, yet I found myself wishing this 1200 pages book would never end and rereading it from... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Isabella
Once again Ms. Penma demonstrates why her work is the hallmark of historical fiction.Published 8 days ago by Harold A. Sanders
So far good, serious if imperfect literature. I'm not the brightest though and I wish for books with many similarly named characters there was an appendix with a sense making list. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jessie
This is a difficult one for me to review. I think Sharon Kay Penman is a very talented author, and her novel "Here Be Dragons" is my favourite novel of all time, but I have... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jennifer Rothwell
I found this book very enjoyable and difficult to put down. The fictional story woven around factual events brought medieval England, and characters to life. Read morePublished 19 days ago by glenis turner
Firstly, Penman did an amazing job of making Richard III a very sympathetic character. It was a very "fresh" way to tell this story. Read morePublished 21 days ago by S. House