“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.
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 2 days 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 12 days 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 18 days 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 19 days 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 27 days ago by Thalia Johnson
Fascinating historical fiction. Gives great insight into the "real" Richard III not the myth created by Shakespeare. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Frannie
I am In awe of Ms Penman. Wherever she got the inspiration to write about Richard III from a more realistic view, I can't imagine, but I am truly grateful that she did.Published 1 month ago by C. Cheng