Search Results: "Sharon Kay Penman"


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LIONHEART by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"In the hands of Robert Graves or Mary Renault, the material might have yielded a classic. As it is, a sturdy historical fiction."
A thick medieval oater in which Richard Coeur de Lion meets Al-Malik al-Nasir Salah al-Din, heads roll and the world shakes and shivers. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN'S MAN by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A graceful style, plus a plot rich in local color, puts this among the most attractive by far of the recent spate of mysteries set in medieval times."
The first in a series of medieval mysteries by an author well known for her historical novels (When Christ and His Saints Slept, 1995, etc.) introduces 20ish Justin de Quincy, a foundling who's just discovered that his father is the Bishop of Chester. Read full book review >

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DRAGON’S LAIR by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"The third in Penman's medieval series (Cruel as the Grave, 1998, etc.) sandwiches a polished and absorbing historical mystery in between Justin's frequent encounters with beautiful women and dangerous men."
A sample of the deadly historical intrigue behind the phrase "a king's ransom." Read full book review >

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WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1995

"Penman inventively animates a large cast; and, given the hints of a drama featuring Henry and Eleanor in the works, a solidly beefy introduction to the first skirmishes of the Plantagenets. (First printing of 75,000; Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
In her fifth ambitious historical novel (The Reckoning, 1991, etc.)—and the first of a trilogy—Penman once again tells a tale of kings and queens, singular destinies and double-crosses, at an unhurried pace. Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"With a large cast of sturdy characters, a gripping (true) story, and research that supports, rather than impales, good storytelling: a first-rate historical novel, crowning a solid series."
Third in Penman's ambitious and admirable trilogy (Here Be Dragons, 1985; Falls the Shadow, 1988) centered on the medieval maelstroms of power, passions, and terror during the reigns of England's King John, weak Henry III, and, here, that ``Hammer of the Scots,'' pounder of the Welsh and any others threatening the supremacy of the Crown—Edward I. This is the story of the deadly reckoning, the final defeat of the descendants and allies of Simon de Montfort (whose rebellion against kingly power is chronicled in the first two novels) as well as the tale of the end of an independent Wales. Read full book review >

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A KING'S RANSOM by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"With enough story to fill two Cornwells and a Lambdin, Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans."
In Penman's (Lionheart, 2011) sequel, Richard the Lionheart, deserted by King Philippe Capet of France, has failed to take Jerusalem from Saladin and now treks homeward. Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A wonderfully evocative medieval mystery that weaves historical fact with characters intriguing enough and adventures exciting enough to lure even nonspecialists."
In his fourth adventure (Dragon's Lair, 2003 etc.), Justin De Quincy, unacknowledged bastard son of the Bishop of Chester, is once again plunged into the dangerous work of "the Queen's man." Read full book review >

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TIME AND CHANCE by Sharon Kay Penman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2002

"Perfect for fans of battles lost and won, on the field and in the boudoir, by a vivid cast of characters doing their best to make history live."
The second in a trilogy (after When Christ and His Saints Slept, 1995) about a well-matched royal pair: ambitious Henry II and his feisty Queen Eleanor. Read full book review >

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SHARON by Gilad Sharon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Sharon's son provides a solid template on which subsequent biographers will have to build."
The life and times of Israel's warrior leader Ariel Sharon, chronicled by his son. Read full book review >

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KAY DARLING by Laura McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Delightful, funny, and real: The authors have managed to uncover the twisted and often hilarious souls of their characters without a hint of pretense or sentimentality."
A collaborative debut that follows the uneven journey of three young Canadians whose paths cross and join as they attempt to put their lives in some kind of adult order. Read full book review >

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KAY BOYLE by Joan Mellen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Precise in detail, panoramic in scope, psychologically subtle, more than a literary biography, like Boyle herself, it is social and political history, a film waiting to be produced."
The prolific Mellen (Creative Writing/Film, Temple Univ.) brings a literary talent as well as cinematic eye to the family saga of Kay Boyle (1902-92), an epic life reflecting the great literary and political events of the century. Read full book review >

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KAY THOMPSON by Sam Irvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show business."
Funny-faced girl makes good: the extraordinary career of Kay Thompson (1909-1998). Read full book review >