Biography

Sharon Kay Penman

The story behind Sharon Kay Penman's first novel has become legendary. For many years while she was a student and then a tax lawyer, Penman slowly but steadily worked on a novel about the life of Richard III. After finishing the manuscript, however, her only copy was stolen from her car in a busy parking lot. Thankfully, Penman rewrote the entire novel that would become THE SUNNE IN SPLENDOUR. It was published in 1982. She then quit her job to write full-time. Penman is the author of five critically acclaimed historical novels, including HERE BE DRAGONS, THE RECKONING, and most recently, WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT, and one medieval mystery, THE QUEEN'S MAN, a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in New Jersey.

Sharon Kay Penman

Books by Sharon Kay Penman

by Sharon Kay Penman - Fiction, Historical Fiction

This long-anticipated sequel to LIONHEART is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home, he was to spend 15 months imprisoned, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars and illness were ever present.

by Sharon Kay Penman - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Richard I has been known mainly as an absentee king, leaving England to rot while he was off gallivanting in the Holy Land. This novel --- a stirring brew of 12th-century politics, religion and romance --- tells a more intriguing story.