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The Sunne in Splendour

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**To celebrate thirty years since its first publication, Pan Macmillan are proud to publish this special, re-edited edition, with a new author's note ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Grasshoppah

Historical Novel

by Grasshoppah on Dec 16, 2010

The Sunne in Splendour is Sharon Kay Penman's first novel, and what a beginning it was. It is, for anyone interested in "real" history and a ripping good tale, a first rate novel. The story of Richard III and the fates that forged him. The story is one of unflagging loyalty to a brother and king who sometimes did not deserve it. If you want to meet the real Richard III, read this book, and while I have you here, pick up The Devil's Brood, also by Sharon Kay Penman. Wonderful story of Henry II and the viper's nest of sons who plagued his life.

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Rosalie S

Sunne in Splendour

by Rosalie S on Sep 2, 2010

Very pleased to receive this book at a competitive price.

Jekyll

Counterpoint to Shakespeare

by Jekyll on Jul 9, 2010

The book starts with the battles between the York and Lancaster factions for the crown of England. It ends with the defeat of Richard III at Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor, who joined the houses of York and Lancaster by marrying Edward IV's daughter. The book covers the battles and intrigues in 15th century England. It casts Richard III in a more favorable light than did Shakespeare's play. The play was written during the reign of the Tudors and is very political to make Richard out to be a monster. Recent writings have indicated that Richard was much maligned after his death. This is a lengthy book, but if one enjoys books dealing with English history, it will be very enjoyable.

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donna

RICHARD III ALIVE AGAIN

by donna on Jul 17, 2007

THIS AMAZING AUTHOR HAS REDEEMED RICHARD III FOR ALL TIME. LONG DEPICTED AS EVIL INCARNATE, THE AUTHOR HAS PAINTED A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PICTURE OF RICHARD AND GIVEN A PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER. ALTHOUGH QUITE A LONG BOOK , ITS PACE IS VERY FAST. THE BATTLE SCENES ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING IN THE BOOK. SHARON KAY PENMAN WRITES OF THESE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED SO MANY YEARS AGO AS IF SHE WAS AN EYE WITNESS. THIS NOVEL GOES ALONG WAY IN DISPELLING THE PROPAGANDA SPREAD ABOUT BY THE TUDORS TO BOLSTER THEIR CLAIMS TO THE ENGLISH THRONE.

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DayLee

Truly a

by DayLee on Apr 17, 2007

Ms. Penman spent many years researching the documents and accounts of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, and it shows. History is always written by the victor and in no case is this truer than in Richard's. He is most often portrayed as a malformed, evil regent/king who may have murdered his nephews to prevent their accession to the throne of England. Ms. Penman has found the man behind the myth. Richard's life is revealed to be one that, while filled with strife and sorrow, is loyal and true to his friends and family. The first time I read this book I was unaware of the author until I read the battle scene that Richard, Duke of York, fought in France. It seemed I could smell the hot blood and cold steel and hear the ringing of swords clashing and the neighing of horses falling under the weight of their riders armour. I immediately turned to the cover and thought, "Who wrote this?" Sharon Kay Penman had won my reader's heart. I lost my copy of this book when a hurricane came through our home and I was only halfway through the book. I asked my mother to try to get another copy. She did so and, of course, read it first! She told me I would love it and she had already ordered more of Ms. Penman's books. She was so right, as mothers often are, and we have even been privileged to meet Ms. Penman and hear the story of how she came to write this book. Sunne in Splendour is history at its best...not dry facts and dates, but life as it must have been lived. Richard comes alive and I thank her with all my heart for giving him back to the world.

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