A viral The Sunne in Splendour By Sharon Kay Penman is Ebook Penman received her bachelor s degree from the University of Texas at Austin she majored in history and also receiv
A viral The Sunne in Splendour By Sharon Kay Penman is Ebook 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 not enjoy the same success as her straight historical novels, to which she returned in 2002, with Time and Chance, again covering the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II In 2008, she published Devil s Brood, the final book in her trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her latest novel,about their son, Richard Coeur de Lion, titled Lionheart will be published in the US in October of 2011, Down Under in November of 2011, and in the UK in March of 2012.. A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combinatA glorious novel of the controversial Richard III a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far sinned against than sinning This magnificent retelling of his life is filled with all of the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and lore of the fifteenth century, the rigors of court politics, and the passions and prejudices of royalty.. A viral Book The Sunne in Splendour This was Penman's first novel and still one of my favorites. A little trivia: she actually hand wrote a good deal of this novel, lost it and then started all over again. That's commitment! SUNNE traces the life of Richard III, breaking it into three sections of this 800+ page novel:PART ONEsheds light on that confusing Historical time known as the Wars of the Roses (back in the day I never "got it" until I read this piece). For those who never truly understood it, you will get a better grasp from this flowery novel. The Wars of the Roses was basically one of cousins who were all descended from an ancestor king. Add a weak king to the pot and we have a civil war. Anyway, during that period, we get to see a very young Richard and the many relatives he lost to the early Wars of the Roses. Major players such as Richard's older brother, Ned (i.e. future Edward IV), are revealed as are the monk-like, insane King Harry (Henry VI), as well as his wife, Margerite Anjou . . and let us not forget Richard Neville, the Kingmaker, who at one point during his life, held two different English kings captive. During this section, Ned eventually prevails for the Yorks and becomes King Edward IV. Immediately, he has a clash of wills with his cousin, Richard Neville, and this sets up the scenario for . . . PART TWO:where Edward IV takes the throne and immediately unsettles everyone by marrying into the Woodville family, taking Elizabeth as his queen. Unfortunately for everyone, the Queen has a poor personality compared to her ravishing beauty, which creates a number of conflicts. Richard, who is heaped with honors, is not comfortable in court nor are the Neville Family, as well as many other allies. Edward IV keeps them all from killing each other and also puts up with more Lancastrian attempts to seize the throne, as well as an eventual civil war with his Neville cousins, and his very antagonist brother, George, Duke of Clarence. George also makes life hell for Richard's love interest, Ann Neville, but, in the end, Ann and Richard are married. Continuing friction grows on all sides as Ann sees that Richard is overlooking the flaws of his brother, Edward IV.PART THREE:follows us as Edward IV's reign spirals downward. His ailing health and his methods to contain a very sensitive secret force him to not only slay mad King Harry but his brother, George, as well. Of course, other reasons are used but that's another story. In the end though, Edward IV's lifestyle catches up with him, leaving his kingdom in an upheaval. Richard III is appointed as the protectorate of the realm until Edward's son comes of age, but, in truth, the queen and her people do not trust him. Civil war is averted when Richard captures the heir to the throne but even then, things are going badly. Richard loses his one blood son and his allies begin to turn on him. Worse, (view spoiler)[ someone else murders the children in the tower (i.e. this is one of Penman's interesting points where she claims Richard III is not the villain portrayed by Shakespeare) and blames Richard.(hide spoiler)] In the end, Richard loses his wife, feels he is cursed and takes a number of risky measures when a distant Lancastrian pretender to the throne (i.e. future Tudor dynasty) challenges him on the battlefield. Through betrayal and circumstances, Richard III is slain and the Plantaganet line dies out with him. After re-reading many of Penman's novels I have to say that this is still my favorite.Unusual that a first book is written well enough to be comparable or better than later books but there you have it. Penman's writing strengths are in her vivid descriptions, her real and varied characters, her build up of conflict and conclusions and, of course, let us not forget that her love stories are pretty good, too.Overall, this is sterling silver quality, so read it right away. Fans of George Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE should know a good chunk of this historical period influenced him greatly (per some online interviews GRRM did). STORY/PLOTTING: A minus to A; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: A; HISTORICAL ACCURACY: A minus to A; ACTION & WAR SCENES: A minus; WHEN READ: 2003 (third reading) (revised review in March 2012; then later in early October 2012); OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A. (view spoiler)[ Penman's belief that Richard didn't marry the princes in the tower was an interesting one (a la Buckingham). People who travel to the UK should check out York where they have several pro-Richard spots including a tourist site along an old wall.Very sympathetic characters even when they were the clear antagonists. I found "The Kingmaker" to be an especially tragic figure and appreciated that Penman gave him a point of view before he died. Anti-Yorkists still claim that Richard and his brother had The Kingmaker and his brother slain purposefully but others say it was an accident in the heat of battle. We may never know for sure but the battle continues. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman This magnificent book The Sunne in Splendour centres around the life and times of Richard III and his Yorkist family Without question it is a huge read It is the first book of hers I bought years ago and was utterly asorbed by it pages Richard III The Sunne In Splendour A Novel of Richard III The Sunne In Splendour A Novel of Richard III Paperback Illustrated, January , by Sharon Kay Penman Author . out of stars ratings The Sunne In Splendour A Novel of Richard III SUNNE IN SPLENDOUR Warning This is not Shakespeare s Richard III In this novel, Richard is a victim of circumstance and man vilified by the Tudors, but here presented as a decent and normal The Sunne in Splendour short story Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne in Splendour I was a college student when I happened upon the story of Richard III, and the I learned, the convinced I became that he d been the victim of a great injustice, The Sunne in Splendour Books similar to The Sunne in Splendour The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman . avg rating , Ratings A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.