“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 book - referred by 2 friends
easy reading - good thing since it's 900+ pages!!
I hated It. I read three pages and Amazon graciously let me return the book. Thank you. The one star is for the book not Amazon.Published 1 month ago by Shirley Rogers
It is a Sharon Kay Penman Book. What else needs to be said. Great, awesome. I am reading all of her books. She is some much more of a writer and historian than B. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darren R. Pierce
Interesting in light of the fact that the recent discovery of Richard's bones have contradicted her description of him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roberta yates
Yes it pulled me right in, held me through the end! I hope many more enjoy this tale, R III is portrayed with moving human attributes.Published 1 month ago by Jody Dickinson
Interesting historical read about Richard III. Read it for a book club but probably would not have chosen it for a personal read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WiseKat
Read this book many years ago and just re read it It is a surprisingly complex book and Penman tries to get inside the characters and explain their motivation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thalia Johnson
Fascinating historical fiction. Gives great insight into the "real" Richard III not the myth created by Shakespeare. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frannie