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When Christ and His Saints Slept. By Sharon Penman.
on 6 September 2017
I bought the paper back of this book when it was first published and have enjoyed reading it many times. Unfortunately my eye sight is not as good now and have not been able to read it for many years. What a joy it has been to be able to read it again on Kindle. Miss Penman's beautiful writing covers this dreadful period of our history known as The Anarchy with such obvious research and has made it so interesting. I still feel so sorry for The Empress. She was a very much misunderstood person and her one fault seems that she was born a woman. Everyone took a risk with Stephen who was a lovely man, a brilliant battle commander but a terrible king. Surely Maude could not have done worse, but she was never given the chance. So many dead, so much blood which lasted for almost 19 years. Everything fell apart for Maude after the death of her beloved Robert. She returned to Rouen and continued to fight for Henry. This book finishes with Henry and Eleanor still very much in love and with a young family and the majority of their long, turbulent lives in front of them. Although Eleanor had times when she didn't like Henry very much, I don't think she ever stopped loving him. Can not wait to reread the next book. A great book, beautifully written.