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Title:When Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)
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Publisher:Ballantine Books
ISBN:0345396685
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Number of Pages:784
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical, Medieval, British literature

When Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1) by Sharon Kay Penman

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC When Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1) A D As church bells tolled for the death of England s King Henry I his barons faced the unwelcome prospect of being ruled by a woman Henry s beautiful daughter Maude Countess of Anjou But before Maude could claim her throne her cousin Stephen seized it In their long and bitter struggle all of England bled and burned .

Sharon Kay Penman s magnificent fifth novel summons to life a spectacular medieval tragedy whose unfolding breaks the heart even as it prepares the way for splendors to come the glorious age of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Plantagenets that would soon illumine the world

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This is Simon de Montfort s story and the story of King Henry III as weak and changeable as Montfort was brash and unbending It is a saga of two opposing wills that would later clash in a storm of violence and betrayal a story straight from the pages of history that brings the world of the thirteenth century completely provocatively and magnificently alive Above all this is a story of conflict and treachery of human frailty and broken legends a tale of pageantry and grandeur that is as unforgettable as it is real, A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history br br 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 br br 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 more sinned against than sinning br br 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, Thirteenth century Wales is a divided country ever at the mercy of England s ruthless power hungry King John Then Llewelyn Prince of North Wales secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English king s beloved illegitimate daughter Joanna Reluctant to wed her father s bitter enemy Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales But as John s attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales and Llewelyn Joanna must decide to which of these powerful men she owes her loyalty and love br br A sweeping novel of power and passion loyalty and lives this is the book that began the trilogy that includes FALLS THE SHADOW and THE RECKONING, b i br i b In i When Christ and His Saints Slept i acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman portrayed all the deceit danger and drama of Henry II s ascension to the throne Now in i Time and Chance i she continues the ever more captivating tale br br It was medieval England s immortal marriage Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II bound by passion and ambition certain to leave a legacy of greatness But while lust would divide them it was friendship and ultimately faith that brought bloodshed into their midst It began with Thomas Becket Henry s closest confidant and his elevation to be Archbishop of Canterbury It ended with a perceived betrayal that made a royal murder seem inevitable Along the way were enough scheming seductions and scandals to topple any kingdom but their own br br Only Sharon Kay Penman can re create this truly tumultuous time and capture the couple who loved power as much as each other and a man who loved God most of all br br b i br i b