The Sunne in Splendour and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading The Sunne in Splendour on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Sunne in Splendour [Hardcover]

Sharon Penman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 4.49  
Hardcover 12.29  
Hardcover, 24 Feb 1983 --  
Paperback 6.59 Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

24 Feb 1983
This is the classic, magnificent bestselling novel about Richard III, now in a special thirtieth anniversary edition. Richard, last-born son of the Duke of York, was seven months short of his nineteenth birthday when he bloodied himself at the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury, earning his legendary reputation as a battle commander and ending the Lancastrian line of succession. But Richard was far more than a warrior schooled in combat. He was also a devoted brother, an ardent suitor, a patron of the arts, an indulgent father, a generous friend. Above all, he was a man of fierce loyalties, great courage and firm principles, who was ill at ease among the intrigues of Edward's court. The very codes Richard lived by ultimately betrayed him. But he was betrayed by history too. Leaving no heir, his reputation was at the mercy of his successor, and Henry Tudor had too much at stake to risk mercy. Thus was born the myth of the man who would stop at nothing to gain the throne. Filled with the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and love of daily life, the rigours and dangers of Court politics and the touching concerns of very real men and women, The Sunne in Splendour is a richly coloured tapestry of medieval England.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Hardcover: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (24 Feb 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333344634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333344637
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Product Description

About the Author

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of seven other historical novels and four medieval mysteries set during the reign of Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey, and her most recent book is Lionheart, beginning the story of Richard I and the Crusades. Her next books will be a 30th anniversary edition of The Sunne in Splendour, in September 2013, and A King's Ransom, completing the story of Richard I. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence
Richard did not become frightened until darkness began to settle over the woods. Read the first page
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best 30 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory earlier in the year, I became intrigued by Richard III, the Wars of the Roses and the mystery of the Princes in the Tower. The Sunne in Splendour was recommended to me as the best fictional account of Richard III, so I immediately bought a copy. As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to love this book. Not only did it turn out to be the best historical fiction book I've read for a long time, it was also one of the best books of any type that I've read this year.

The Sunne in Splendour tells the complete life story of Richard III from childhood to death. Penman portrays Richard as a sympathetic figure who has been unfairly treated by history. Sadly, he is often thought of today as the villain of Shakespeare's Richard III: the evil hunchback who murdered his nephews. It's worth remembering though, that Shakespeare lived in Tudor England - and it was Henry Tudor who defeated Richard, the last of the Plantagenet kings.

The Wars of the Roses is the term used to describe a series of battles and rebellions that took place between two branches of the English royal family, the House of York and the House of Lancaster, during the late fifteenth century. I already had some basic knowledge of the period before I started reading this book, but even if you don't I think Penman makes it easy enough to understand. Sometimes a story can suffer from the author's attempts to include every little bit of interesting information they've uncovered in their research, but that's not actually a problem here. Yes, there's an enormous amount of detail, but everything feels necessary and helps to build up a vivid picture of Richard's world.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Factual, and yet Human Drama 21 Aug 2002
The Sunne in Splendour is an incredible book. I have read all of Sharon Penman's novels, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but this is far and away my favourite. I think that Richard III has
had a terrible and undeserved reputation, and this book goes a long way to rectifying this. It is never trivial, or patronising, it just tells a completely different story to the one we have all been brought up to believe. Richard is not portrayed as a hunch-backed, uncaring monster, more as a man faced with unspeakable dilemmas, and no way out. I admit to having a soft spot for Richard Plantagenet, and I do feel that he has been treated very unfairly by history. However, this book enables him to have his say, and to try to put the record straight. He was betrayed, and the battle scene description at Bosworth Field, when he knew that treason had been committed, moved me to tears. This book doesn't just deal in facts, it also
gives the story from a more personal view, and that made it more appealing to me. I loved it. Read it, so will you.
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Fascinating Read 11 Aug 2008
I first read this book when it was published but have just re-read it and feel that I must express my delight and praise for it.

I have a particular love of this period (up to 1603-death of Elizabeth 1st.) and the portayal here of Richard of Gloucester is absolutely excellent; I am one of those who, having read about him for many years, believe that he was much maligned and was not a cripple, and did NOT, in fact, have a hump back. Most of the bad press about him stems from Shakespeare's play, when after all, he (Shakespeare that is) had to be careful what he said about the last deposed dynasty and, obviously, the worse they appeared the better for the Tudors.

The mystery of his two nephews in the Tower is deftly dealt with here, and, I believe, Penman very likely has arrived at the truth. It simply does not ring true that Richard would have had them murdered when they were the sons of his beloved elder brother, Edward IVth.

Much of what is written here by Penman stands up to historical enquiry and I have visited the various castles, etc., which are still in existence,where the family lived.

The fact that Richard was apparently a faithful husband to Anne Warwick is well known, as it was an almost unknown phenomenon in those times and much commented upon; the fact that they knew one another from childhood is well attested. It is also quite true that Richard was greatly loved and respected by the people of York and the surrounding countryside.

The whole panorama of those unsettled times and the larger than life characters is so beautifully portrayed here . The great sadness and very little joy in those times is brought vividly to life.

All in all a great book - well worth the read (you actually don't want to put it down).
I highly recommend it, along with all of Penman's book - they are ALL excellent and meticulously researched.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White rose of York 22 Dec 2005
I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and for some strange reason had never stumbled upon Sharon Penman. I was searching for new books to read when, ‘The Sunne in Splendour’ was recommended to me.
This is a magnificent book and the life of the House of York bounds out of the pages that scarcely allow you awareness of our own time and place. I vested so much emotional currency on this book, that when history revealed itself I was left with an unforgettable feeling of longing and loss.
First of all let me give you the book in short. The book is about Richard III. It starts to follow him as a young lad during the first few years of the War of the Roses. It gives extensive back story into Edward V, Richards’s brother. It takes the house of York from loss to ultimate triumph. Edward ascends the throne and Richard becomes the Duke of Gloucester. This book centres on the man Richard becomes, but it does so through the occurrences in Edwards reign. It then moves to Edwards’s death and Richard’s ascension to the throne and his ultimate battle. By ultimate battle I do not just mean in war. His personal life is as closely scrutinised as his public image, which brings a element of romance and sacrifice into the book.
It gives details and facts that are historically accurate, but what the author has done is to bind history with the characters and filled in their emotions and characteristics based on fact and intuition. The truth of such matters after such a long time is suspect at best, but what this book brings us is a version of what it might have been like. You start to love Richards’s character and adore Edward V, all of a sudden your world is a swirling mass of banners and swords.
The authors view on the Richard III is not uncommon.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too dry...........
This is the first Sharon Penman novel I have tried and to be honest I was extremely disappointed. I am a great fan of medieval history and read many books (both fiction and non... Read more
Published 14 days ago by David Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a great overview of all the events surrounding richard IIIs life. Pretty factual and so a good starting point
Published 18 days ago by Squeakyis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
For all those interested in Richard III s life and times a must read . An excellent novel that once I finished it I had to re-read it immediately. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jean Clare-Tighe
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically accurate and deeply moving
I had forgotten how moving and entertaining a novel can be, least of all a historical novel, yet I found myself wishing this 1200 pages book would never end and rereading it from... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Isa
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really really good book. Couldn't put it down. Well told story of Richard and Anne. Look forward to reading more by this author.
Published 28 days ago by Lesley Frame
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy read
I am sure when I have time to sit for a couple of hours I might get into this book,but if I didnt allready pretymuch know the story of Richard 3 I would give up on it
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I loved this book. Very informative and interesting. Such a tender love storry between richard and anne. Read more
Published 1 month ago by amy hill
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Loyaulté me lie!’
The Sunne in Splendour is an intensely human, political story about two of the Yorkist kings of England: Edward IV and his frequently maligned younger brother Richard III. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives life to historical characters.
I first read this book years ago, and it remains one of my favourite books ever. I cannot vouch for its historical accuracy, but I love the story, and love the way it gives life to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katkin
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!!!
I absolutely love this period, it fascinates me on so many levels.

I've recently started to read about Richard III and I'm now team Richard!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by secretmiss73
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category