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Sharon Penman
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6 Aug 2009 Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy 3

In this gripping tale of passion, politics and conflict, King Henry II finds himself brutally betrayed by his wife Eleanor and three eldest sons when they enter into a rebellion against him. Aligning themselves with Henry's most bitter enemy, King Louis of France, their treacherous actions will have devastating consequences as they bring about the downfall of a brilliant man and a powerful empire.

In Devil's Brood, the compelling story of Henry and Eleanor's once great love affair is explored in an uniquely vivid way. What twists of fate turn love to hatred? What points of principle and ambition cause these two icons to struggle for power, leaving their family tragically divided and their turbulent marriage finished in all but name?

Sharon Penman's glorious trilogy reaches its spellbinding conclusion.

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141038551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038551
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an American of Irish-English-Welsh heritage, and I currently live in New Jersey, although many of my readers imagine I am happily dwelling upon a Welsh mountaintop--but no such luck. I was once a tax lawyer, which I looked upon as penance for my sins. Like most writers, I was born with a love of the written word, although I never expected to be able to support myself as a writer; when you read about starving artists in their garrets, most of them have starving writers as roommates. But I was very lucky and I have been blessed to make my living as a writer for the past twenty-seven years or so. All of my novels--eleven at last count--are set in the Middle Ages, and focus upon England's most colorful dynasty, the Plantagenets. It is almost as if they lived their dramatic and often wildly improbable lives with future historical novelists in mind, and I am very grateful to them--especially to the Angevins,Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and their equally famous children, known to their contemporaries as the Devil's Brood.

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'Bloody and violent deaths, tearful betrayals by close relatives, dizzying shifts of power... very convincing' The Times 'Told with such urgent drama... A flowing plot and impressive research fill Sharon Penman's historical novel with political intrigue and bloodshed' Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sharon Penman is one of the world's leading historical novelists. Her debut, The Sunne in Splendour, was an international bestseller. She has written eight further books including When Christ and His Saints Slept and Time and Chance, the first two novels in Penman's unforgettable trilogy of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives in New Jersey.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History comes to life.. 10 Mar 2009
Sharon Penman has again managed to truly bring the pages of her novel to life. The trials and tribulations of Henry and Eleanor, the scheming of their children, and the brutality of medieval life, are all played out to tremendous effect. Whoever said that fact is more interesting than fiction would be blown away with Penman's novels. I can highly recommend them all. In fact do not start with this book, but with its predecessors, When Christ and His Saints Slept and the brilliant Time and Chance. All Penman novels are five star winners...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Families, who'd have em? 23 Sep 2013
By Liz
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Wow, this is one scary family. Eleanor of Aquitain's boys all fighting one another, no trust between them and they all want the Crown of England. This book made fantastic reading, bringing this era vividly to life. Brother No1 Henry died leaving his remaining brothers to fight it out between them. And this they did but with no love lost between them. You just need to read this great book to get the feel of their constant fighting against each other and looking over their shoulders all the time. Eleanor was one ruthless lady who wanted it all for her favourite son Richard. I shall read this book again in time as I enjoyed it so much.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Sharoan Kay Penman is an iconic writer and has a huge fan community. I am one of them ever since I read "The Sun in Splendour".

This is the long awaited third volume of Mrs. Penman's series on King Henry II and his Queen Elenor of Aquitaine. It is the last chapter when the family collapses and the family feud starts. Henry II and his consort Eleanor and their sons Young King Henry, Geoffrey of Brittany, Richard the Lion Heart and John Lackland are stuff for legends and endless books. On top the cousin of France poisons the atmosphere further. The struggle for power and crowns, greet, jealousy, hate and sexual lust are a powerful mixture which creates a most explosive atmosphere. It is a monumental struggle with large than life personalities.

Mrs. Penman again presents a masterful picture of the times and the personalities. She writes as if she was there. History and fiction are bound together in historcial novels might cause some upsets but not in a Penman novel. Her command of history is simply too good to cause resentment or commit mistakes. The fiction parts just help to accentuate the messages and the real events. She simply has an unique gift to portrait humans and their feeling that they seem to breath on the page. It is a remarkably detailed - at times maybe even too detailed - look on this long lost time. She opens with her vivid portrait the door to this world and one gets hooked. Pageantry and grandeur, war and peace, conflict and treachery, human fraity and loyalty are brought alive. This is historic novel writing at its finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "all families have their little ups and downs" 12 Oct 2008
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine thought they had it all - the greatest empire since Charlemagne, healthy children including the heir and several to spare - so how did it all go so wrong? The Devil's Brood takes up the story where Time and Chance left off with the murder of Thomas Becket, as Henry returns from his self imposed exile to Ireland. Henry's three eldest sons are chafing at the bit to have lands and power of their own and egged on by Louis of France they join with their mother Eleanor in rebellion against their father. In time Henry quells the rebellion and forgives his sons, but he cannot forgive his wife and queen and he imprisons her. Even though Henry forgave his sons, they are still not happy with his generosity and it eventually leads to more power struggles and back-biting amongst the brothers, particularly young Hal, who suffers the ultimate punishment for his reckless deeds.

This was a fascinating story of a brilliant, powerful king whose blind love and trust in his sons lead him to making mistakes in judgment that eventually lead to his downfall. I also loved seeing a different side of the haughty, queenly Eleanor we saw in Time and Chance, as unlike her sons she does come to recognize the wrongness (well sometimes) of her actions and the cataclysmic effects those actions had on her family. Some readers may find the first part of this book a bit slow paced as Penman does spend time setting up the back history of Henry, Eleanor and the Becket murder, but hang in there as about half way through when the boys start turning on each other the pages literally started flying. Penman's dialogue was exceptional, although I couldn't decide who got the best lines, Henry or Richard - they just smoked off the page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 12 Sep 2013
"John, watching in dismay, saw his great chance slipping through his fingers, and he swung around to demand of his father, "Papa, does this mean Richard has bested you and Aquitaine is lost?" Eleanor winced, Geoffrey rolled his eyes, and Henry gave his youngest a look John had never gotten from him before. "My life would have been much more peaceful if I'd had only daughters," he snapped. "As for Aquitaine, it is yours if you can take it."

Third part of SKP's ever growing 'Plantagenets' series and the final one dealing with the Middle Ages power couple, Henry Fitz Empress and Eleanor of Aquitane.
Henry returns from a self-imposed exile in Ireland after the murder of Thomas Becket to more trouble than even the rebellious Archbishop gave him - this time it comes from within his own family - his wife and sons.
The king had his oldest son crowned in his own lifetime and others come into their inheritance, gaining money and supporters, which turn out to be a fatal miscalculation. Added to that is king Henry's stubbornness, inability to relinquish control and to see another's point of view - it's a recipe for disaster.

This is my favourite book in the series so far. There's never a dull moment, always something happening, usually some disaster, and the characters are quite unforgettable - I especially liked the "kids" - Hal, fun-loving and impressionable; Richard, fearless, with an infernal temper; Geoffrey, smart and calculating; and John, a quiet boy who's never known mother's love. And offcourse, wee Joanna.

As always, there are glimpses into Medieval life and culture through the eyes of minor characters and too many deaths guaranteed to break the reader's heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite authors. Captures the period
Published 9 days ago by Jennifer Goodchild
5.0 out of 5 stars ... masterpiece how's she manages to create the characters is amazing....
Another masterpiece how's she manages to create the characters is amazing. Though I still see Eleanor as Katherine Hepburn aka TH e Lion in Winter
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Neil Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars must read,
must read ,all three books in trilogy brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Great story - but getting a bit lost with all the characters
Published 1 month ago by Paul Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I have all of Sharon Penman's books on Kindle (not ...
I have all of Sharon Penman's books on Kindle (not The Queen's Man etc) but have noticed that TIME AND CHANCE is not avaliable on Kindle. I wonder why? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars very well researched
I learnt more from Sharon's book about the 1100's than I ever did at school. A really easy read with full insights to the life and period of the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Ruth Dorrington
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel
I had read the first and second books and enjoyed them both. I enjoyed this one just as much. I love to read history books and learn all the facts about history but an historical... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Caroline Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil's Brood (Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy 3)
The Devil's Brood is the last in the trilogy of Eleanor of Aquitaine and as usual I hated getting to the last page. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Benmaric
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Penman
Sharon Penman is such a master of writing of this period and I love all of her books. Very enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by Dinah Milgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
As ever, Penman's book stands head and shoulders above others - well researched and well written. Spent far too many night hours reading this in bed. Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by S. Morley-Newman
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