With this novel Sharon Penman moves to a new set of characters and to 12th Century England and the early civil war between Stephen and his cousin, The Empress Made - A long fight to won the English throne. Stephen was handsome, unreliable and beguiling. Maude was courageous, beautiful and insanely arrogant. They fought for twenty years and ...Read MoreWith this novel Sharon Penman moves to a new set of characters and to 12th Century England and the early civil war between Stephen and his cousin, The Empress Made - A long fight to won the English throne. Stephen was handsome, unreliable and beguiling. Maude was courageous, beautiful and insanely arrogant. They fought for twenty years and devastated England. Their flair for dramatic events and immense catastrophes made sure that they were never boring.Read Less
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Great historical novel. The book provides a view of the chaos in the history of English kings as well as the political manipulations of the era.
Sep 18, 2009
A Bloody Time in English History
This historical novel was interesting, covering the disruptive time during the 12th century when Maude and Stephen fought for the crown of England. It was an easy read--neither dry, nor technical. I would recommend it, although Ii would have liked to have read more about the effects on the common people, who suffered so very much. The title of the book is very appropriate for these years of turmoil, but the book lacks the sorrows that must have been rampant.
Oct 11, 2008
See my review of Time and Chance, the second book in this trilogy.
May 25, 2007
Sharon Kay Penman is brilliant depicting this period of English history with great accuracy . Enjoyed greatly her wrting style
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