The turbulent clashes of two disparate worlds and the destinies of the individuals caught between them spring to life in this magnificent novel of power and passion, loyalty and lies. The book that began the trilogy that includes Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning, Here Be Dragons brings thirteenth-century England, France, and Wales to tangled, tempestuous life.
Here Be Dragons: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 1 #ad - Thirteenth-century wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England's ruthless, power-hungry King John.
Falls the Shadow: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 2St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Simon de montfort was a man ahead of his time in the thirteenth century, a disinherited Frenchman who talked his way into an English earldom and marriage with a sister of the English king, Henry III. It is a tale of opposing wills that would eventually clash in a storm of violence and betrayal—an irresistible saga that brings the pages of history completely, provocatively, and magnificently alive.
A charismatic, obstinate leader, Simon soon lost patience with the king's incompetence and inability to keep his word, and found himself the champion of the common people. This is his story, and the story of Henry III, as weak and changeable as Simon was brash and unbending.
The Reckoning: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 3St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Above all else, llewelyn fears that his life and his own dream—of an independent, united Wales—might be lost to Edward I's desire to expand his English empire. Alive from the pages of history, this is the hauntingly beautiful and compelling tale of a game poised to play itself out to its bloody finale as English and Welsh cross swords in a reckoning that must mean disaster for one side or the other.
For anyone who has ever wanted to experience the rich tapestry of British history and lore, this bold and romantic adventure must be read. Penman's characters are so shrewdly imagined, so full of resonant human feeling that they seem to breathe on the page. San francisco chronicle"never forget, Llewelyn, that the world's greatest fool is a Welshman who trusts an English king.
The Reckoning: A Novel Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 3 #ad - His father's words haunt llewelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales, who has been ruling uneasily over his fractious countrymen.
The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard IIISt. Martin's Griffin #ad - Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning. With revisions throughout and a new author's preface discussing the astonishing discovery of Richard's remains five centuries after his death, Sharon Kay Penman's brilliant classic is more powerful and glorious than ever.
The classic, now in a special thirtieth anniversary edition with a new preface by the authorIn this triumphant combination of scholarship and storytelling, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III—vilified as the bitter, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, magnificent bestselling novel about Richard III, twisted, the princes in the Tower—from his maligned place in history.
The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III #ad - Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, King Edward IV.
When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel Plantagenets Book 1Henry Holt and Co. #ad - In when christ and his saints slept, the newest addition to her highly acclaimed novels of the middle ages, and the first of a trilogy that will tell the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, master storyteller and historian Sharon Kay Penman illuminates one of the less-known but fascinating periods of English history.
. It begins with the death of king Henry I, son of William the Conqueror and father of Maude, his only living legitimate offspring.
Devil's Brood Plantagenets Book 3G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Henry ii’s three eldest sons conspire against him and align themselves with his greatest enemy, King Louis of France, but it’s Eleanor of Aquitaine’s involvement in the plot to overthrow her husband that proves to be the harshest betrayal. 1172. A breathtaking and sweeping epic of a family at its breaking point, Devil’s Brood shows how Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine—two monumental figures once bound by all-consuming love—became the bitterest of adversaries.
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Lionheart Plantagenets Book 4Marian Wood Books/Putnam #ad - Lionheart is a sweeping tale of a heroic figure—feared by his enemies and beloved by those he commanded—who became a legend in his own lifetime. This is the third crusade, marked by internecine warfare among the Christians and extraordinary campaigns against the Saracens. Only their mother, eleanor of aquitaine, now freed from decades of captivity, remains to protect Richard’s interests and secure his destiny.
Richard’s surviving brother, the younger John, is left behind—and conspires with the French king to steal his brother’s throne. New york times bestseller “the great crusader king Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of medieval tapestry. Margaret George A.
Lionheart Plantagenets Book 4 #ad - D. 1189. In this engrossing saga, battle, intrigue, Sharon Kay Penman delivers a novel of passion, and deceit. Sharon kay penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. After the death of his father, henry ii, and the early demise of two of his brothers, Richard is crowned King of England and immediately sets off for the Holy Land.
Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. Booklist “the beautifully described settings and the characters’ interactions are simply outstanding.
A King's Ransom Plantagenets Book 5Marian Wood Books/Putnam #ad - After his bloody crusade in the kingdom of Jerusalem, Richard and his crew are overcome by a sudden storm, its fierce winds propelling the ship onto the Sicilian shore. Amid betrayals, intrigues, and illness, wars, infidelities, Richard’s courage and intelligence will become legend. November 1192. Imprisoned in the notorious fortress at trifels, experiences pure, visceral fear—while his mother, for the first time in his life, Richard, from which few ever leave alive, Eleanor of Aquitaine, moves heaven and earth to secure his release.
But this misfortune is just the beginning. Sharon kay penman follows up her acclaimed novel Lionheart with this vivid and heart-wrenching New York Times bestseller about the last event-filled years in the life of Richard I of England, Coeur de Lion. Forced to make a dangerous choice, richard finds himself in enemy territory, where he is captured—in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders—and handed over to the Holy Roman Emperor.
Prince of Darkness Justin de Quincy Mysteries Book 4Berkley #ad - Justin only concedes to john’s request when he realizes that the welfare of the woman he serves, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is also at risk. Despite john’s hunger for the crown, he’s unwilling to put himself at risk for regicide—and he wants Justin’s help in discrediting the document that implicates him.
It is a concession that will take him to a bloody chamber at Mont St Michel, to a putrid dungeon in Brittany, to a murderous encounter in a Paris cemetery, and to the unraveling of a conspiracy that might have changed the course of English history. The edgar®-nominated author of the medieval mysteries featuring Justin de Quincy places the Queen’s Man far from home—and in the presence of a most cunning foe.
Prince of Darkness Justin de Quincy Mysteries Book 4 #ad - . Justin de quincy has been lured to Paris by his nemesis, Prince John, on a mission of mercy. The prince is suspected in a plot to kill his brother, King Richard.
Time and Chance Plantagenets Book 2G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - The sequel to sharon kay penman's acclaimed novel when christ and His Saints Slept, ambition, Time and Chance recounts the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II in a magnificent story of love, power, and betrayal. He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France.
She was beautiful, intelligent, headstrong, and rich. What becket saw as a holy mission-to protect the Church against State encroachments-Henry saw as arrant betrayal, and they were launched inevitably on the road to murder. Rich in character and color, sensitive to the complex emotions of these men and women, Time and Chance recreates their story with all the drama, true to the historical details, pain, and passion of the moment.
Time and Chance Plantagenets Book 2 #ad - Only in one instance did henry err: elevating his good friend and confidant Thomas Becket to be Archbishop of Canterbury, he thought to gain control over the Church itself. Within two years, expand his own powers, winning the throne of England and exercising extraordinary statecraft skills to control his unruly barons, Henry had made his, and restore peace to a land long torn by banditry and bloodshed.
It was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he said a man makes his own luck. But the once worldly becket suddenly discovered God, and their alliance withered in the heat of his newfound zeal.
Dragon's Lair Justin de Quincy Mysteries Book 3G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - The third novel in sharon Kay Penman's much-loved medieval mystery series featuring Justin de Quincy. July 1193: richard lionheart, eldest and most favored son of Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitane, languishes in an Austrian dungeon, held for ransom by the Holy Roman Emperor. But the queen has already begun to meet the ransom demands, and it is only a matter of time before the Austrians turn over their royal prisoner.
And then one of the ransom payments vanishes in the fastnesses of Wales, itself wracked by rebellion and intrigue. Into this maelstrom, eleanor sends her trusted man, Justin de Quincy—and murder soon follows. Lusting after the crown in england, his brother John plots with his country's bitterest foe, King Philippe of France, to see to it Richard never leaves Austria alive.