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Sharon Kay Penman was born in New York City on August 13, 1945. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She worked as a tax lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. She wrote The Sunne in Splendour, which chronicled the life of Richard III, while she was a student and a tax lawyer. After finishing the manuscript, her only copy was stolen from her car. She eventually rewrote the book and it was published in 1982. Her other works include Here Be Dragons, The Reckoning, When Christ and His Saints Slept, The Queen's Man, Cruel as the Grave, Dragon's Lair, Prince of Darkness, Lionheart and A King's Ransom. She won the 2001 Career Achievement Award for Historical Mysteries from Romantic Times. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Here Be Dragons 2,381 copies, 58 reviews
The Sunne in Splendour 2,224 copies, 71 reviews
When Christ and His Saints Slept 1,903 copies, 60 reviews
Falls the Shadow 1,424 copies, 27 reviews
The Reckoning 1,276 copies, 19 reviews
Time and Chance 1,230 copies, 40 reviews
The Queen's Man 1,199 copies, 31 reviews
Cruel as the Grave 933 copies, 11 reviews
Devil's Brood 874 copies, 38 reviews
Lionheart 806 copies, 52 reviews
Dragon's Lair 784 copies, 14 reviews
Prince of Darkness 627 copies, 15 reviews
A King's Ransom 413 copies, 29 reviews
The Land Beyond the Sea 154 copies, 10 reviews
Dangerous Women (Contributor) 949 copies, 41 reviews
Dangerous Women 2 (Contributor) 76 copies, 1 review

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Sharon Kay Penman was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. She majored in history at the University of Texas at Austin, and received a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She worked as a tax lawyer before becoming a writer. While still a student, she started to research and write her first novel, The Sunne in Splendour (1982), a fictional account of the life of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III of England. However, after the only copy of her manuscript was stolen from her car, she was devastated and gave up writing for several years. Eventually she was inspired to begin again, and 12 years later, while practicing law at the same time, had produced the 936-page novel. In the early 1980s, she began publishing the "Welsh Trilogy" of historical novels set in medieval Wales. It was followed by the "Plantagenet series," novels about the life of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. In 1996, she published the first in a series of medieval mystery novels, The Queen's Man. It was named a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.
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