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A King's Ransom by [Penman, Sharon]
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Praise for Sharon Kay Penman

"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage"

"Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart", set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl

"The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George

"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished."--"BookPage"

"Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review"

"Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart."--"Booklist"

"[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard's capture and ransom."--"Publisher's Weekly"

Praise for "A King's Ransom"

"A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist"

Praise for Sharon Kay Penman

"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage"

"Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart", set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl

"The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George

"Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review"

"Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart."--"Booklist"

"[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard's capture and ransom."--"Publisher's Weekly"

Praise for "A King's Ransom"
"A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist"
"Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman's work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages--Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he'd bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans." --"Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Sharon Kay Penman
"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage"
"Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl
"The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George
"Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review"
"Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional bio

Praise for "A King's Ransom"
""A King's Ransom "[is] historical fiction of the first order, a narrative synthesis of the royal marriages and petty rivalries, the personal slights and gestures of loyalty, the grand deeds and simple twists of fate that shape events . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel, Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history."--"Willamette Week"
"Penman's long-awaited sequel to her book "Lionheart" covers the last seven years of Richard's life. There's betrayal, war, illness and intrigue....She includes everyday details that get you right into the story . . . once you start reading you won't want to stop."--"British Weekly"
"A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist"
"Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman's work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages--Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he'd bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans." --"Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Sharon Kay Penman
"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage"
"Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl
"The gr

Praise for "A King's Ransom"
""A King's Ransom "[is] historical fiction of the first order, a narrative synthesis of the royal marriages and petty rivalries, the personal slights and gestures of loyalty, the grand deeds and simple twists of fate that shape events . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel, Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history."--"Willamette Week"
"Penman's long-awaited sequel to her book "Lionheart" covers the last seven years of Richard's life. There's betrayal, war, illness and intrigue....She includes everyday details that get you right into the story . . . once you start reading you won't want to stop."--"British Weekly"
"A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist"
"Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman's work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages--Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he'd bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans." --"Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Sharon Kay Penman
"Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage"
"Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl
"The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George
"Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review"
"Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart."--"Booklist"
"[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard's capture and ransom."--"Publisher's Weekly"

Praise for "A King s Ransom"
"A King s Ransom "[is] historical fiction of the first order, a narrative synthesis of the royal marriages and petty rivalries, the personal slights and gestures of loyalty, the grand deeds and simple twists of fate that shape events . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel, Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history. "Willamette Week"
Penman s long-awaited sequel to her book "Lionheart" covers the last seven years of Richard s life. There s betrayal, war, illness and intrigue .She includes everyday details that get you right into the story . . . once you start reading you won t want to stop. "British Weekly"
A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart s life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author s mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero. "Booklist"
Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman s work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he d bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman s latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans. "Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished. "BookPage"
Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life. Nancy Pearl
The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry. Margaret George
Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended. "Historical Novels Review"
Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart. "Booklist"
[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard s capture and ransom. "Publisher s Weekly""

Praise for A King s Ransom
A King s Ransom [is] historical fiction of the first order, a narrative synthesis of the royal marriages and petty rivalries, the personal slights and gestures of loyalty, the grand deeds and simple twists of fate that shape events . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel, Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history. Willamette Week
Penman s long-awaited sequel to her book Lionheart covers the last seven years of Richard s life. There s betrayal, war, illness and intrigue .She includes everyday details that get you right into the story . . . once you start reading you won t want to stop. British Weekly
A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart s life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author s mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero. Booklist
Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman s work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he d bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman s latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans. Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished. BookPage
Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: Lionheart, set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life. Nancy Pearl
The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry. Margaret George
Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended. Historical Novels Review
Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart. Booklist
[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard s capture and ransom. Publisher s Weekly"

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The sequel to Lionheart, completing the story of Richard I

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2639 KB
  • Print Length: 706 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HPYMQHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
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My first book was The Sunne in Splendour which I have read many times over, I collected the whole series. The books about Justin, the Queen's man are equally spellbinding.
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I have yet to finish reading the book but it takes up where "Lionheart "left off and that was thoroughly enjoyable, so I have high exceptations for "A Kings Ransom"
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Big book, big story, but well worth the read.
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I don't think it's any secret that I'm a huge Penman fan (or Penmenian as my good friend J calls it), and I was thrilled to spot this on the Vine newsletter and get an early shot at it.

This is a difficult book to review, since those who are familiar with Richard's history don't need another rehash, and those fresh to the story don't need me spilling the beans. And trust me, there are plenty of surprises to be had, even for those who think they know about Richard being held hostage and his troubles with the French king and his younger brother John.

That pretty much leaves me to discussing MY reading experience, and all I can say is WOW. I was gripped on the first pages with the cat and mouse came of getting home from crusade and trying to avoid the snares set to capture him. While I was aware that Richard had spent time in Germany as a hostage, there was much more to the story, and I was fascinated watching how that experience changed him and how he interacted with others in his life, especially his marriage to Berengeria. I loved his sarcastic nature (he gets some of the best dialogue!) when it was directed towards younger brother John and Philippe Capet (the French king). And speaking of Richard's younger brother John, some of my favorite moments were the family Christmas celebrations and watching him trolling the room for gossip and mischief. I so wish I could quote some of it. It doesn't get better than that.

While this book is a follow up to Lionheart, IMHO it can be read as a stand-alone, and another thumbs up to the author for getting the reader up to speed on previous events without the use of tedious info dumps. I also appreciated how Raimond was used to get the reader up to speed with the Cathar religion, and why the Catholic church was so set against it.
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An excellent sequel to Miss. Penman's 'Lionheart'. No wonder it needed two books!!!! I have never read, in so much detail, about the imprisonment of King Richard and what became of him after his release and how he reacted to his release. It was sad he couldn't allow his Queen to know the terrors he had been through. I wonder what would have happened if he hadn't died. A great man, a great soldier and battle commander, but perhaps not such a great King of England because to Richard, England was only part of his Kingdom. I think his heart always belonged in Aquitaine. Another wonder book by Sharon Penman.
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By far the best, yes I enjoyed Lionheart, but didn't' care for Richard much himself, never have really but in this he became more comprehensible to me. From "when Christ and his angels slept" I've followed Penman's Angevins and the historical detail and accuracy make her by far my favourite author of this genre. A really great read
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The incredible pen of Sharon Penman strikes again. This is my favourite period of history and I always find her historically accurate whilst telling a riveting tale.

Highly recommended.
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well written with the characters coming to life. Well worth a read for any readers looking for a good historical novel
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