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Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman
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Apr 12, 2011

Read in March, 2011

Happy to find another historic fiction writer with a sizable anthology. It's no Dorothy Dunette work of art, but it was engaging, entertaining, and kept me up late a few nights. Henry II is a historic figure I don't know much about, and I became really intrigued by the relationship between him and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitane. These people never stayed in one place for more than a month or so! Always going from territory to territory, putting down unruly lords, taking over lands, feuding with the church. Henry II is also the king who was besties with the "Saint" Thomas Becket, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, and eventually, inadvertantly (?) caused Becket to have skull lobbed off right in the cathedral after services. That whole relationship was portrayed in such a way that all I could think was - these men were children! I guess some things never change.

So, overall, I liked it. If you like historic fiction, read it!
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