Sharon Kay Penman

1 Prince of Darkness

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2005-03-31
Description :  <b>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...</b><br /><br />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. 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. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> 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. 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.

2 Lionheart

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2011-10-04
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“The great Crusader king Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of medieval tapestry.”—Margaret George </b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> 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 and extraordinary campaigns against the Saracens. Richard’s surviving brother, the younger John, is left behind—and conspires with the French king to steal his brother’s throne. Only their mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, now freed from decades of captivity, remains to protect Richard’s interests and secure his destiny.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In this engrossing saga, Sharon Kay Penman delivers a novel of passion, intrigue, battle, and deceit. <i>Lionheart</i> 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. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“[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. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved.”—<i>Booklist</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“The beautifully described settings and the characters’ interactions are simply outstanding.”—The Historical Novels Review</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>“Penman takes historical writing to a whole new level.”—<i>The Sacramento Bee</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> <b>“[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic.”—<i>Publishers Weekly<br /></i></b><br />Don’t miss the exclusive conversation between Sharon Kay Penman and Margaret George at the back of the book.

3 The Sunne In Splendour

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2008-01-22
Description :  <b></b><br /><b>The classic, magnificent bestselling novel about Richard III, now in a special thirtieth anniversary edition with a new preface by the author</b><br /><br />In this triumphant combination of scholarship and storytelling, 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.<br /><br />Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. 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.<br /><br />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.

4 Here Be Dragons

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2008-05-27
Description :  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.<br /><br />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 <i>Falls the Shadow</i> and <i>The Reckoning,</i> <i>Here Be Dragons</i> brings thirteenth-century England, France, and Wales to tangled, tempestuous life.

5 When Christ and His Saints Slept

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-04-01
Description :  In <b><i>When Christ and His Saints Slept,</i></b> 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.

6 Devil's Brood

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2008-10-07
Description :  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 Christendom.<br />Devil’s Brood, a breathtaking and sweeping epic of a family at its breaking point, shows how two monumental figures once bound by all-consuming love became the bitterest of adversaries

7 A King's Ransom

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-03-04
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Sharon Kay Penman follows up her acclaimed novel <i>Lionheart </i>with the vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard I of England, Coeur de Lion.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> 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 beginning. 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. Imprisoned in the notorious fortress at Trifels, from which few ever leave alive, Richard, for the first time in his life, experiences pure, visceral fear—while his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, moves heaven and earth to secure his release. Amid betrayals, intrigues, infidelities, wars, and illness, Richard’s courage and intelligence will become legend.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>Praise for <i>A King’s Ransom</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Masterful . . . [Sharon Kay] Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard [the Lionheart] virtually walks off the pages.”<b><i>—Booklist</i> </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Historical fiction of the first order . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel [Sharon Kay] Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history.”<b><i>—Willamette Week</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A well-researched and impressively detailed narrative displaying a strong commitment to historical accuracy and richly drawn, sympathetic characters.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Once you start reading you won’t want to stop.”<b><i>—British Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Massively entertaining.”<b><i>—Kirkus Reviews</i></b>

8 Falls the Shadow

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2008-08-19
Description :  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.<br /><br />This is his story, and the story of Henry III, as weak and changeable as Simon was brash and unbending. 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.

9 Time and Chance

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2002-03-04
Description :  The long-awaited sequel to Sharon Kay Penman's acclaimed novel&#xa0;<i>When Christ and His Saints Slept</i>,&#xa0;<i>Time and Chance</i>recounts the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II in a magnificent story of love, power, ambition-and betrayal.&#xa0;<br /><br />He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France. She was beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, and rich. It was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he said a man makes his own luck. Within two years, Henry had made his, winning the throne of England and exercising extraordinary statecraft skills to control his unruly barons, expand his own powers, and restore peace to a land long torn by banditry and bloodshed. 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. But the once worldly Becket suddenly discovered God, and their alliance withered in the heat of his newfound zeal. 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.&#xa0;<br /><br />Rich in character and color, true to the historical details, sensitive to the complex emotions of these men and women,&#xa0;<i>Time and Chance</i>&#xa0;recreates their story with all the drama, pain, and passion of the moment. It is Penman at her best.

10 The Reckoning

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-04-14
Description :  "Penman's characters are so shrewdly imagined, so full of resonant human feeling that they seem to breathe on the page." —<i>San Francisco</i><i> Chronicle</i><br /><i></i><br /><i></i>"Never forget, Llewelyn, that the world's greatest fool is a Welshman who trusts an English king."<br /><br />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 dream—of an independent, united Wales—might be lost to Edward I's desire to expand his English empire. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />For anyone who has ever wanted to experience the rich tapestry of British history and lore, this bold and romantic adventure must be read.

11 The Queen's Man

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1996-11-15
Description :  Epiphany, 1193: the road out of Winchester was hidden by snow, and Justin de Quincy was making slow progress when he heard the first faint shout. It came again, louder and clearer, a cry for help. Spurring his stallion, de Quincy raced toward the source.<br /><br />But he was already too late. As the two assailants fled, de Quincy cradled the dying man, straining to make out his whispered words. "They did not get it," he rasped. "Promise me. You must deliver this letter to her. To the queen."<br /><br />Eleanor of Aquitaine sits on England's throne. At seventy, she has outlived the husband with whom she had once scandalized the world. But has she also outlived her favorite, her first-born son? Richard Lionheart, England's king, has been missing these last months. It is rumored that he is dead. Many think his youngest brother plots to steal the crown. Only Eleanor's fierce will can keep John from acting on his greed. Only a letter, splattered with the blood of a dying man murdered on the Winchester road, can tell her if Richard still lives.<br /><br />With the same sure touch she has brought to her historical fiction, Sharon Kay Penman turns to the mystery form. Setting her story in a period she captured brilliantly in earlier novels, she introduces Justin de Quincy. Bastard-born, de Quincy is the son of a high cleric who never acknowledged him, bestowing on the boy--in lieu of name or fortune--only an education. As it happens, it is a gift that will take young de Quincy into the very centers of power--and into the heart of danger, making him the Queen's man.<br /><br />Moving from the royal chambers in the Tower of London to the alehouses and stews of Southwark, from the horrors of Newgate Gaol to the bustling streets of Winchester, de Quincy proves his mettle as he tracks a brutal and cunning murderer and uncovers the sinister intrigues of Eleanor's court.

12 Dragon's Lair

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2003-10-13
Description :  The long-awaited third novel in Sharon Kay Penman's much-loved medieval mystery series.&#xa0;<br /><br />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. 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. 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.&#xa0;<br /><br />First introduced in&#xa0;<i>The Queen's Man</i>-an Edgar nominee for best first mystery-Justin de Quincy returns in what may well be Penman's strongest mystery to date.

13 Cruel as the Grave

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-22
Description :  April 1193. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />Amid such fateful events, the murder of a Welsh peddler's daughter seems small. But the cruel demise of the beautiful Melangell so troubles Justin that not even a threatened French invasion can keep him from investigating her death. Yet can he bring Melangell"s craven killer to justice?

14 Ivanhoe

Author : Sir Walter Scott, Regina Marler & Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Historical 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  1962-07-01
Description :  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.

15 Władca Północy

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-07-25
Description :  <b>Bestsellerowa powieść o zawiłych i usłanych sekretami losach wielkich rodów piętnastowiecznej Anglii</b><br /><br /> Koleje losu Anne Neville, siłą poślubionej Edouardowi Lancasterowi, niespodziewanie się odmieniły. Jej mąż dokonał żywota pod Tewkesbury, tym samym Anne uwolniła się od niechcianego małżeństwa. Od zawsze zakochana w Ryszardzie, bracie króla Edwarda i księciu Gloucester, może wreszcie poślubić wybranka serca i poznać rozkosze oraz trudy macierzyństwa.<br /><br /> Z czasem Ryszard staje się wiernym towarzyszem rządów i królewskich wypraw wojennych brata, mimo jawnej niechęci i zazdrości królowej. Jako zasłużony wojownik i rycerz zostaje mianowany namiestnikiem północnej Anglii i wkrótce daje się poznać jako bardzo sprawny zarządca. Niebawem okaże się, jakim władcą jest Edward i jak trwała jest jego pozycja. Okrutne rozwiązanie problemu nieustannych szaleństw brata Jerzego nie będzie jedynym problemem króla. Nad wszystkim unosi się widmo tajemnicy, która już dwukrotnie zabrana do grobu nadal żyje i coraz bardziej zagraża władzy Edwarda.<br /><br /> We <i>Władcy Północy </i>– drugiej części trylogii o Ryszardzie III – wielkie uczucia i szlachetność przeplatają się z najniższymi ludzkimi pobudkami i małostkową zachłannością. Sharon Penman buduje misterną intrygę, w której każdy element, zależnie od zmiany aktualnej sytuacji w angielskiej polityce, może nieoczekiwanie oznaczać zupełnie co innego.

16 Słońce w Chwale

Author : Sharon Kay Penman
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-07-26
Description :  &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Czym Ryszard III zasłużył sobie na to, by przejść do historii jako najbardziej znienawidzony władca Anglii?<br /><br /> &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Sharon Penman podejmuje swoją narracyjną wyprawę w wiek XV i dramatyczne czasy Wojny Dwóch Róż, wiedziona nie tylko historyczną ciekawością, lecz także pasją starcia się z mitem. Chce bowiem przywrócić dobre imię człowiekowi, który stał się&#xa0; uosobieniem nikczemności, przewrotności i bezwzględności w dążeniu do celu.<br /><br /> &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Poznajemy zatem Ryszarda Plantageneta, księcia Gloucester i króla Anglii jako dziarskiego, odważnego, lojalnego i wrażliwego rycerza, który po śmierci przegrał z wrogo spreparowaną pamięcią historyczną.



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