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Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman
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Jun 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, historical, fiction
Recommended for: Fans of historical fiction, espeically Plantagent England
Read in June, 2008

Penman did an amazing job of detailing the early to middle years of Henry II's reign. She covers his relationship with Eleanor, their children's births and his oldest son's coronation as well as his feud with Thomas Becket. The book is sweeping in scope but I was a bit disappointed in two areas - Penman has Eleanor deal with Henry's affair with Rosamund Clifford by withdrawing and learning to "love him less". She never confronts him on this. It seemed a bit out of character for Eleanor (at least to me). And we never understand Thomas Becket's betrayal from his point of view. I would have liked to read Penman's take on why Becket became so adamant about the Church's rights, why he "betrayed" Henry. But even with these flaws I thought it was a great work of historical fiction.
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