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Sharon Kay Penman

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Penman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in history, and also received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and later worked as a tax lawyer. Penman suffered from an eighteen month bout with mononucleosis.

The Sunne in Splendour, a novel about Richard III of England is one of the most popular books on the Historical Novel Society's list of best historical novels. In 1996, following the success of When Christ and His Saints Slept (which dealt with the Anarchy and the early career of King Henry II of England), Penman ventured into the historical whodunnit with four mysteries set in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine during the reign of Richard I. The mysteries did n...more

Nothing to post about July 21st medieval happenings, but I do have a lovely story about Eleanor of Aquitaine told to me by one of my readers. She said that she’d visited Fontevrault Abbey about fifteen years ago and at the foot of her tomb was one red rose. She asked the guide, “Do you put them there?” He said, “Oh, no, Madame, we find them there.” I think Eleanor would be pleased and I suspect... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.24 · 64,189 ratings · 4,602 reviews · 16 distinct works · Similar authors
The Sunne in Splendour
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 12,161 ratings — published 1982 — 20 editions
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Here be Dragons (Welsh Prin...
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 11,991 ratings — published 1985 — 16 editions
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When Christ and His Saints ...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 7,679 ratings — published 1994 — 13 editions
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Falls the Shadow  (Welsh Pr...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 5,026 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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The Reckoning  (Welsh Princ...
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 4,728 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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Time and Chance (Henry II &...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 4,320 ratings — published 2002 — 11 editions
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Devil's Brood  (Henry II & ...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3,657 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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The Queen's Man
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,620 ratings — published 1996 — 14 editions
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,850 ratings — published 2011 — 14 editions
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Cruel as the Grave
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,904 ratings — published 1998 — 9 editions
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“I inhale hope with every breath I take.”
Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept
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“We tend to forget at times that it is the little ones, the children, who do suffer the greatest hurt. If we cannot comprehend why certain sorrows are visited upon us, how on earth can they?”
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“...A scar signifies past pain, a wound that did not heal as it ought. But it testifies, too, to survival...(Here be Dragons)”
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Rosemary Sharon, thanks so much for contacting me. We share UT Austin as well as a love of historical fiction. Your books sound wonderful!

Sara W Thank you so much for the friend request! I absolutely LOVE your books (as does everyone else in the European Royalty group)!

message 3: by Isis (last edited Aug 13, 2011 01:03PM)

Isis Happy Birthday, Sharon! Hope you've been having a good one.

(It's Beth, by the way, I've been tinkering with my profile today.)

Brenna Sharon, I just finished Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran. Bloody Brillant!! Thank you for the recommendation!

Sharon Penman Brenna wrote: "Sharon, I just finished Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran. Bloody Brillant!! Thank you for the recommendation!"

I'm glad you liked it, Brenna. It grabbed me from that first amazing birth scene. Sharon

Sharon Penman Kimberly wrote: "Thank you for adding me Sharon!"

HI, Kimberly. I spend more time on Facebook because I have never figured out how to navigate Goodreads. So if you're on Facebook, too, do friend me. Sharon

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Anita Elder Hi Sharon. We've exchanged email several times in the past. Looking forward to reading you newest book (after I finish The Sunne in Splendour for the third all-time favorite book!).

message 8: by Anita

Anita Elder Sharon,
I've wanted to see a movie version of The Sunne in Splendour for a very long time! Here's my suggestions for the cast:
Edward IV - Chris Hemsworth
Richard III - Dominic Cooper
Elizabeth Woodville - Lena Headey
Warwick - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Cecily Neville - Helen Mirren
Margaret of Anjou - Fanny Ardant

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