Penman's latest historical epic concerns the 12th-century struggle for the English throne between Henry I's daughter Maude and her cousin Stephen of Blois.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
YA?Maude, the daughter of King Henry I of England, is in contention for the English throne with her cousin Stephen, the son of William I. This is a rousing and detailed account of that 12th-century struggle between them; both held valid claims and had shifting supporters. This 20-year controversy was much like a civil war, with such loss and pain that the period was characterized by a contemporary chronicle as a time of great wretchedness "when Christ and His Saints slept." The events of this period were dramatic and ironic and carry the plot at a hectic pace. The cast of characters is lengthy, but well defined. The fictional principal, Ranulf, is a young nobleman, a squire pledged to Maude's cause. He is introduced as a teenager and both Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are seen in appealing youth. There are battles, sieges, endless treacheries, and excellent views of primitive and advanced politics, all spiced with a great deal of gallantry, camaraderie, suspense, and sex.?Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Very well researched historical account interwoven seamlessly with a few fictional characters. Good length and a well written story.Published 7 days ago by Barbara
After several hours of researching, I thankfully found Sharon K. Penman & I'm hooked. With her extensive research & wonderful imagination, to fill in the gap's of this longs ago... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jewelz
A period of history I knew little about brought vividly to life. I forgot I was reading and felt like I was watching a well made movie full of colorful characters.Published 13 days ago by James F. Scheid
I was wary of diving into a book by a new-to-me author that clocks in at more than 700 pages, but by the time I was a hundred pages into the book, I was happy to have a lot left to... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Professor L
Penman holds the reader to the very last word and beyond, leaving a hunger for more.Published 21 days ago by Judith P Fabisch
"When Christ and His Saints Slept" is well-written and seems to be historically accurate. The book is well-paced and held my interest. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Laurence Lackmann
Sharon Penman does a masterful job of bringing history to life, as usual, and makes the characters come to life in very real ways.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer