The last book I remember reading of Ms Penman's was Devil's Brood 6 years ago. Their later estrangement must have been difficult for her. With two such extraordinary parents, much was expected of them. Maggie, I don't see that not bringing up the homosexual or not rumours in the novel detract from it. I found myself drawn most to the scenes between Eleanor of Aquitaine and her children, but that may simply be due to my own interest in the queen and her offspring.
He was undoubtedly prideful, yet he was able to laugh at himself. I grudgingly had to admit, chapter by chapter, that he began to grow on me. Both sides really believed they were doing the will of God. She is particularly known for writing the Plantagenet series and the Welsh Princes trilogy. But she has glided through history like a sad ghost, leaving few footprints behind.
My solution, buy the audiobook. This is a king who doesn't hesitate to force women into unwanted marriages nor to slaughter men who surrendered to him when required out of military necessity, who has a bad temper, holds grudges and can be ruinously stubborn. It is refreshing and exciting to discover something new about a man and events that happened so long ago. Tthe political battles between the Kings of England and France were telling and well portrayed — the less than Christian behavior and attitude of the Kings of England and France toward one another made taking Jerusalem even more difficult than the superior forces of Salah al-Din. John, the youngest son, was left behind - and with Richard gone, he was free to conspire with the French king to steal his brother's throne. There's enough material here to easily fill two books - six-hundred pages of minute 8pt text - though sadly, while being undeniably articulately well written, is a very sterile and not at all invigorating telling of Richard I's life. And the portrait that emerged of Richard was more complex and intriguing than I expected.
Despite the departure of the French from Outremer the Crusader states established after the First Crusade , Richard seizes strategic cities in the Holy Land as he maintains diplomatic relations with the Saracens. But that is to set a very high bar, and I'm sure few, if any, historical novels published this year will be as good as Lionheart. But he was also intelligent, very well educated, imaginative, pragmatic, eloquent, and capable of magnanimity. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. This is historical fiction at its best and I loved every page of it. Her descriptions of the places and the way she creates a visual ambiance so vividly are second to none.
This could be for a number of reasons; one being that since I have started writing myself, I have a more discerning eye, or I have simply out grown Ms Penman's style and lean more towards the rather more masculine re-telling of history rather than the romantic slant that some authors put on their novels. I am not saying that they were madly in love; medieval people—especially the highborn—did not marry for love. Interestingly, Richard shares the fictional spotlight with his fiercest and most respected rival, Saladin, sultan of Egypt and military leader of the Saracens. Summary of my feelings reading this book: Interesting! Will they smoke off the pages like Henry and Eleanor in When Christ and His Saints Slept? Overall, I did not feel that this was one of Penman's best, but I will still be eagerly waiting to get a copy of King's Ransom when it comes out in a few months. I love how tactical and strategic he was.
Their wives are always long-suffering. And of course that would give me another opportunity to write about his extraordinary mother, Eleanor, and what writer could resist a temptation like that? We do know that she was very pious, founding an abbey during her long widowhood. At the risk of raising a few festive groans: quality Penmanship. My solution, buy the audiobook. This could be for a number of reasons; one being that since I have started writing myself, I have a more discerning eye, or I have simply out grown Ms Penman's style and lean more towards the rather more masculine re-telling of history rath It has taken me awhile to get to grips with how I will write this review. Henri, André, Eleanor, Joanna, Berenguela. Being an Angevin no doubt helped this.
But she has glided through history like a sad ghost, leaving few footprints behind. Without a doubt, the publication of Lionheart was the most anticipated event of my literary year, and I can hardly convey my impatience as I waited to get my hands on a copy. He was a fascinating paradox: a man shockingly careless with his own life, but careful with the lives of the men under his command. When others have managed to portray the same events in 2D, Sharon has managed to go somewhere between 3D and 4D. We have no way of knowing. I always buy both of your books as soon as they drop. I spent most of Devil's Brood being very confused by Richard and wanting to thwack Henry upside the head.
One of my favourites scenes has to be the dinner between Eleanor, Berenguela and their party and Constance and Heinrich and their party, after a chance meeting. When Wales bled, so did Llewelyn. Thanks everyone for comments so far. Her characters don't sound like reality tv stars nor is her history risible such as that of Philippa Gregory. Maude never had the intention of wearing the crown, if Stephan loses it. Only their mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, now freed from decades of captivity, remains to protect Richard's interests and secure his destiny. As per usual, Sharon is tackling a political situation of intense complexity, with a veritable cast of hundreds of characters, but again by rendering this deftly and carefully she keeps everything clear and understandable.
We get some sense of their foes as well, but primarily from the Eurocentric point of view--we never really get inside the heads of the defending Muslims. Were any of your characters as shadowy as Berengaria, Margaret? I came, I saw, and I found out for myself that these books by Sharon Kay Penman will never be to my tastes. My favorite resources were the chronicles. I was surprised, therefore, to discover that their marriage seemed to have gotten off to a promising start. If the search for the historical Jesus has proved him elusive, how much more so for the search for his followers. In Lionheart, a gripping narrative of passion, intrigue, battle and deceit, Sharon Penman reveals a true and complex Richard - a man remarkable for his power and intelligence, his keen grasp of warfare and his concern for the safety of his men, who followed him against all odds.
. Author Sharon Kay Penman began her writing career in the year 1982 when her first novel was published. At the same time, Richard was not flawless and as ever, Penman created a wonderfully multi-dimensional character. Joanna is a mother figure to Alice and then to Berengaria. Feminine details like, how she wears her hair, how glorious she looks that day, what gorgeous silks she has in her coffers, where she keeps her jewellery, how everyone is beautiful who should be beautiful and everyone is ugly who should be ugly, inner most thoughts of women about their husbands and girlfriends and babies, how every woman on woman scene is like the girls from Sex in the City meeting at their favourite cafe or nightclub. I am looking forward to the next one, though. No long passages, or chapters that could safely be left out of the book without the story suffering.