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The Sunne in Splendour Paperback – 22 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (22 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375935
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 108.4 x 532.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,887,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground."
---"Los Angeles"" Times Book Review"

"The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian."
---"The San Diego Union"

"Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He's an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story."
---"The New York Times Book Review"

"Ms. Penman's novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life."
---"Chattanooga"" Daily Times"

“A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground.”
---"Los Angeles"" Times Book Review"

“The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian.”
---"The San Diego Union"

“Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He’s an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story.”
---"The New York Times Book Review"

“Ms. Penman’s novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life.”
---"Chattanooga"" D

"A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian." --"The San Diego Union"

"Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He's an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Ms. Penman's novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life." --"Chattanooga Daily Times"

A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian. "The San Diego Union"

Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He's an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story. "The New York Times Book Review"

Ms. Penman's novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life. "Chattanooga Daily Times""

A painstakingly drawn picture of royal medieval England from bedchamber to battleground. Los Angeles Times Book Review

The reader is left with the haunting sensation that perhaps the good a man does can live after him---especially in the hands of a dedicated historian. The San Diego Union

Those who know Richard III from Shakespeare will find that Sharon Kay Penman presents a contrasting view of the English monarch . . . He's an altogether nice man, a romantic hero as suitable to our late twentieth-century standards . . . as he was to those of medieval England . . . There is a vengeful quality to her insistence that is appealing; it makes for a good story. The New York Times Book Review

Ms. Penman's novel, rich in detail and research, attempts to set the record straight . . . it is an uncommonly fine novel, one that brings a far-off time to brilliant life. Chattanooga Daily Times

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The classic, magnificent bestselling novel about Richard III, now in a special thirtieth anniversary edition --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was moved to pick up this book following the reinterment of Richard III. I had previously read Philippa Gregory's books on the same characters and events, which I felt were better focussed and more polished than this one. However, Penman tells a gripping tale, brings many of the characters to life, and on the whole offers a good read and some memorable and moving scenes.

I do feel that the book would have benefitted from some pruning. I also got irritated by the fact that sometimes the characters are made to speak in a surprisingly modern way, while at others Penman insists on using 'be' instead of am/are/is and throwing in some extra 'do's. Not very consistent.

Finally, the kindle edition has been very carelessly edited - it deserved better treatment! Apart from many typos, there is a very glaring example of the misuse of the autocorrect feature. Someone evidently wished to ensure that the phrase Ma Mère, used by Edward, Richard and George to refer to their mother, was correctly spelled with the accent, so they simply put in an autocorrect instruction to replace mere with Mère everywhere - with unfortunate consequences for any word containing this sequence, yielding words like murMèred and Mèrely... A small detail, but very annoying and revealing of the attitude of the editors.

Nevertheless, I think the book is definitely worth reading for anyone interested in Richard III.
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Great book, I enjoyed reading this when I was young. I'm still 'into' all things medieval, and when I did a tour of some of the battle sites from the Wars of the Roses last year, my wife borrowed my copy so she could familiarize herself with the history without having to listen to me going on about it in a more 'academic' way....! This book proved to be the perfect way to do that, even though obviously the author has to take some liberties with the dialogue etc., and depictions of events (as she herself admits) she tries as far as possible to stick to the known facts. For example, she tries to place people at locations if it is historically known they were at that location on that date.
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As an avid fan of Philippa Gregory and her books about the Tudor dynasty, I bought this book hoping it might be as enjoyable - and I wasn't disappointed. This is a superb book that informed and entertained all in one sitting. I love the Tudors, they were bright, brash and glorious but strangely I had never thought to read of their beginnings - with the death of Richard and the crowning of Henry Tudor. So this was a whole new period of history for me - and I found it fascinating. Edward, the romantic, charming man who won the hearts of his people, his beautiful wife, who somehow never won any hearts but his, the irresponsible and disenchanted middle brother George and the ever serious Richard alongside the Warwicks, the kingmaker himself and his unfortunate daughters. I felt as though I knew them all personally and immediately turned to my second favourite site, Wikipedia, to find out how much of this tale was based in truth. I came to the conclusion that the much maligned Richard was in fact the subject of an amazing smear campaign launched by the Tudor family, an very successful campaign that turned him into a figure of hatred for centuries. It will also make me pay much more attention to the next documentary that comes along about the fate of the Princes in the Tower. It had all the necessary component of a successful historical novel - lots of facts laced with a liberal dose of artistic license. Maybe without the vaguely lustful content of Gregory's Tudors but a wonderful book and highly recommended for any Philippa Gregory fans
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I thought I'd grown out of historical novels, preferring to read 'real' history. But this book is so accurate as to what really happened that I'm hooked again. I'm reading it slowly, only a third through yet, but if you take with a pinch of salt the personal details which may or may not be true, it's a very satisfying read.
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Sharon Penman is so very readable, yet her historical facts are always true to research of this period. An excellent insight into the reign of Edward and Richard, bringing the characters to life as real people.
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If your into all things Richard III then this is a must! Romanticised novel am only half way through, but picturing the hunky Aneurin Barnard in the role of Richard.!! Summer blissfull reading.
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This portray s the life of Richard lll in a sensitive and compassionate way. After your read this book you what to believe Richard is a devoted brother, husband, uncle. all the evidence suggest he was a open, just and fair man.
Oh but doesn't mud stick.
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An excellent book. It was long and held me captivated until the last page. Very, very good. Well done, Penman,
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