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The Sunne in Splendour (original 1982; edition 1990)

by Sharon Kay Penman

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Title:The Sunne in Splendour
Authors:Sharon Kay Penman
Info:Ballantine Books (1990), Paperback, 944 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Historical Fiction, Plantagenet

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The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman (1982)

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    LisaMaria_C: For me The Daughter of Time and The Sunne in Splendour go hand in hand. The first is the classic mystery "solving" the mystery of the Two Princes in the Tower and the second a sympathetic biographical novel of Richard III which is well-researched and moving.… (more)
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In the Sunne in Splendour, Sharon Kay Penman vividly brings to life one of the most tumultuous periods in English History; the late 15th century. The principal characters are richly developed and engaging, the level of historical detail is astounding and, despite the book’s immense length (900 pages), the narrative moves quickly and is utterly absorbing. Readers who love historical fiction will not be disappointed.
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  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
I hated nearing the end of this book because I'd fallen in love with Richard and of course knew how horribly it would end. This book prompted me to read a few more novels set in the War of the Roses but none came close to The Sunne in Splendour. ( )
  KateVz | Jan 13, 2016 |
Do not let the size of this volume intimidate you; within these 1000 pages you will live a lifetime and you will never want it to end.
It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and I don’t know what else to say. Between this and Rosemary Hawley Jarman’s We Speak No Treason I’m ruined for historical fiction about Richard III. Nothing else will ever come close. ( )
  Tess_Elizabeth | Jun 21, 2015 |
Thoroughly engrossing, this novel provides a nuanced and honest examination of the life of Richard III, a controversial figure at the best of times. History really comes alive under Penman's authorship and she achieves that rare gift of the novelist--the awakening of sympathies for even the most reprehensible of characters. Highly recommended and one I would certainly reread, despite the 930-odd pages to wade through. ( )
  rwilliab | Nov 21, 2014 |
This richly detailed historical saga chronicles the life of Richard III, and his love match to Anne Neville, amidst the royal intrigue and family drama of the War of the Roses era. This Richard is an admirable idealist who walks a maze of treachery, from allies as well as enemies. Murder is done in his name, but without his knowledge. He struggles to be his own man, and a good man. In the end, the machinations of the court leave him feeling cursed. He is the last Plantagenet rule of England, a truly romantic figure, in a time full of grandeur, hardship, and passion. Throughout, Richard's love of Anne shines and gives him reason to continue living and fighting.
  ktoonen | Sep 16, 2014 |
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Richard did not become frightened until darkness began to settle over the woods.
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And what of those who didn't know him? What happens, too, when all who knew him are dead, when people know only what they've been told? What truth will we be talking about, then?
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"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."
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In this stirring historical novel, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III from his villainous role in history as the hulking, evil hunchback. This dazzling recreation of his life is filled with the sights and sounds of battle, and the passions of the highborn. Most of all, it brings to life a gifted man whose greatest sin was that he held principles too firmly for the times in which he lived, and loved too deeply to survive love's loss.

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Departing from the traditional Shakespearian and Tudor historical portraits, this saga depicts the love story of Richard III and Anne Neville against the backdrop of royal family intrigue.

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