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BOOK REVIEW: THE SUNNE IN SPLENDOUR by Sharon Kay Penman

Monday, February 22, 2016



THE BLURB:

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 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 more 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. 

WHAT I THOUGHT OF THIS BOOK:

This book has been on my shelf for a very long time, but its sheer heft and weight meant I kept postponing picking it up. Its 880 pages long!

However, so many people kept naming it as one of the best historical novels ever written and so eventually I took the plunge. 

I’m very glad I did. It’s quite brilliant. Sharon Penman effortlessly weaves together an epic story of love, war, and revenge, bringing to life the enigmatic king ,Richard III.

Most people know Richard III from the Shakespeare play, and from the murder of the Princes in the Tower. 

Sharon Penman believes him unjustly maligned and she does a very convincing job of making her readers think so too. Well worth the wrist strain!

WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS VERSION OF RICHARD III?

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