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The Reckoning (Welsh Princes Trilogy)
Sharon Kay Penman

St. Martin's Griffin, 2009

“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.” His father’s words haunt Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales, who has been ruling uneasily over his fractious countrymen. Above all else, Llewelyn fears that his life and his own ...


Time and Chance: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 2003

In When Christ and His Saints Slept , acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman portrayed all the deceit, danger, and drama of Henry II’s ascension to the throne. Now, in Time and Chance, she continues the ever-more-captivating tale. It was medieval England’s immortal marriage—Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, bound by passion and ambition, certain to leave a legacy of greatness. But while lust would divide them, it was ...


Here Be Dragons
Sharon Kay Penman

St. Martin's Griffin, 2008

Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England’s ruthless, power-hungry King John. Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce by marrying the English king’s beloved illegitimate daughter, Joanna, who slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband. But as John’s attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales---and Llewelyn---Joanna must decide where her love and loyalties truly lie. ...


Lionheart: A Novel
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 2013

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.D. 1189. 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. This is the Third Crusade, marked by internecine warfare among the Christians ...


Devil's Brood: A Novel
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 2009

A.D. 1172. 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. As a royal family collapses and a marriage ends in all but name, the clash between these two strong-willed and passionate souls will have far-reaching and devastating consequences throughout ...


Walter Scott

Signet Classics, 2009

During the Crusades, Wilifrid, a young Saxon knight, embarks on a series of adventures to prove himself worthy of the princess Rowena, fighting the Normans and the Templars?and allied with such figures as Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart.


A King's Ransom
Sharon Kay Penman

A Marian Wood Book/Putnam, 2014

From the New York Times- bestselling author of Lionheart comes the dramatic sequel, telling of the last dangerous years of Richard, Couer de Lion’s life.   This long-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller Lionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home—in violation of the papal decree protecting ...


Falls the Shadow: A Novel (Welsh Princes Trilogy)
Sharon Kay Penman

St. Martin's Griffin, 2008

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. 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 ...


The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III
Sharon Kay Penman

St. Martin's Griffin, 2008

A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III---a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III---vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower---from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling.   Born into the treacherous ...


When Christ and His Saints Slept: A Novel
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 1996

A.D. 1135. As church bells tolled for the death of England's King Henry I, his barons faced the unwelcome prospect of being ruled by a woman: Henry's beautiful daughter Maude, Countess of Anjou. But before Maude could claim her throne, her cousin Stephen seized it. In their long and bitter struggle, all of England bled and burned. Sharon Kay Penman's magnificent fifth novel summons to life a spectacular medieval tragedy whose unfolding breaks ...


Dragon's Lair (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 2004

July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German prison, held for ransom by the emperor. His mother, Dowager Queen Eleanor, ransacks England for gold to buy his freedom, while his younger brother, John, plots with King Philippe of France to ensure that he rots and dies in chains. When a ransom payment vanishes, Eleanor hastily dispatches young Justin de Quincy to investigate. In wild, beautiful Wales, his devotion to the queen will be ...


Cruel as the Grave
Sharon Kay Penman

Fawcett, 2001

April 1193. England’s King Richard Lionheart languishes in a German prison, and treason scents the air. Richard’s younger brother, John, seizes Windsor Castle, and Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine summons her trusted personal “queen’s man,” Justin de Quincy, to do the impossible– mediate a truce with her rebel son. Amid such fateful events, the murder of a Welsh peddler’s daughter seems small. But the cruel demise of the ...


The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 1998

Epiphany, 1193. Eleanor of Aquitaine sits upon England's throne. Her beloved son Richard Lionheart is missing, presumed dead--and the court whispers that her younger son John is plotting to seize the crown. Meanwhile, on the snowy highroad from Winchester, a destitute young man falls heir to a blood-stained letter, pressed into his hand by a dying man. The missive becomes Justin de Quincy's passport into the queen's confidence--and into the ...


The Reckoning
Sharon Kay Penman

St. Martin's Griffin, 2008


Ivanhoe (Signet Classics)
Walter Scott

Signet Classics, 2001

England's past comes alive in this classic tale featuring the disinherited knight Ivanhoe, his fair lady Rowena, and such larger-than-life characters as Richard the Lion Hearted and Robin Hood. A novel of the crusades, chivalry, and courtly love that not only recreated history, but made history as well.


Prince of Darkness
Sharon Kay Penman

A Marian Wood Book/Putnam, 2005

From the New York Times -bestselling author of Time and Chance , the much anticipated fourth novel in her acclaimed medieval mystery series. Bowing to an urgent summons from his former lover, Justin de Quincy hastens to Paris only to find that the Lady Claudine was, in fact, acting on behalf of his nemesis Prince John. As the Queen's man, de Quincy has already encountered John's murderous side. But now John tells him of a document ...


Senor del norte
Sharon Kay Penman

Alamut, 2010


Ivanhoe (Signet Classics (Pb))
Walter Scott

Perfection Learning, 2001

A fascinating tale of the young noble, Ivanhoe, returned home from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of his childhood friend, Princess Rowena. But nothing good comes without struggle. Ivanhoe becomes involved in the struggle for the crown, takes part in the heart-pounding tournament at Ashyby-de-la-Zouche, befriends a fellow by the name of Robin Hood and his merry men, and is forced to trial by combat with the fierce Knight ...


A King's Ransom: A Novel
Sharon Kay Penman

Ballantine Books, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Sharon Kay Penman follows up her acclaimed novel Lionheart with the vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard I of England, Coeur de Lion.   November 1192. 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. But this misfortune is just the ...


By Sharon Kay Penman Prince of Darkness (First Edition)
Sharon Kay Penman

A Marian Wood Book/Putnam, 2005



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