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A King's Ransom
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Sharon Kay Penman follows up her acclaimed novel Lionheart with the vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard I of England, Coeur de Lion. November 1192. After his bloody crusade in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Richard and his crew are overcome by a sudden storm, its fierce winds propelling the ship onto the Sicilian shore. But this misfortune is just the beginning. Forced to make a dangerous choice, Richard finds himself in enemy territory, where he is captured in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders and handed over to the Holy Roman Emperor. Imprisoned in the notorious fortress at Trifels, from which few ever leave alive, Richard, for the first time in his life, experiences pure, visceral fear while his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, moves heaven and earth to secure his release. Amid betrayals, intrigues, infidelities, wars, and illness, Richard s courage and intelligence will become legend. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more. Praise for A King s Ransom Masterful . . . [Sharon Kay] Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard [the Lionheart] virtually walks off the pages. Booklist Historical fiction of the first order . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel [Sharon Kay] Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history. Willamette Week A well-researched and impressively detailed narrative displaying a strong commitment to historical accuracy and richly drawn, sympathetic characters. Library Journal Once you start reading you won t want to stop. British Weekly Massively entertaining. Kirkus Reviews"
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About the Author

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of eight previous historical novels: The Sunne in Splendour, Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, The Reckoning, When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, Devil's Brood, and Lionheart. Additionally, she has written four medieval mysteries: The Queen's Man, Cruel as the Grave, Dragon's Lair, and Prince of Darkness. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

Reviews

"Masterful . . . [Sharon Kay] Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard [the Lionheart] virtually walks off the pages."--Booklist "Historical fiction of the first order . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel [Sharon Kay] Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history."--Willamette Week "A well-researched and impressively detailed narrative displaying a strong commitment to historical accuracy and richly drawn, sympathetic characters."--Library Journal "Once you start reading you won't want to stop."--British Weekly "Massively entertaining."--Kirkus Reviews Masterful . . . [Sharon Kay] Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard [the Lionheart] virtually walks off the pages. Booklist Historical fiction of the first order . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel [Sharon Kay] Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history. Willamette Week A well-researched and impressively detailed narrative displaying a strong commitment to historical accuracy and richly drawn, sympathetic characters. Library Journal Once you start reading you won t want to stop. British Weekly Massively entertaining. Kirkus Reviews" Praise for "A King's Ransom" ""A King's Ransom "[is] historical fiction of the first order, a narrative synthesis of the royal marriages and petty rivalries, the personal slights and gestures of loyalty, the grand deeds and simple twists of fate that shape events . . . Instead of history that reads like a novel, Penman achieves something greater: a novel that reads like history."--"Willamette Week" "Penman's long-awaited sequel to her book "Lionheart" covers the last seven years of Richard's life. There's betrayal, war, illness and intrigue....She includes everyday details that get you right into the story . . . once you start reading you won't want to stop."--"British Weekly" "A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist" "Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman's work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages--Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he'd bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans." --"Kirkus Reviews" Praise for Sharon Kay Penman "Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage" "Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl "The gr Praise for "A King's Ransom" "A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist" "Detailed down to the last flagon of wine, Penman's work will please serious fans of historical fiction. . . Characters rise from the pages--Richard, brave warrior, skilled diplomat; Heinrich, "If he were cut, he'd bleed ice"; the mercenary Mercadier; and multitudes more. Seven years of sieges and battles, confrontations in castles and on horseback are lovingly detailed. . . Penman's latest is a massively entertaining work of historical fiction for dedicated fans." --"Kirkus Reviews" Praise for Sharon Kay Penman "Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage" "Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart," set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl "The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George "Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review" "Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional bio Praise for "A King's Ransom" "A panoramic retelling of the tumultuous last years of Richard the Lionheart's life . . . Penman has absorbed herself so fully into the heart and mind of her protagonist that an undeniably flawed but refreshingly human Richard virtually walks off the pages. This atmospheric fictional biography showcases the author's mastery of all things medieval while providing some refreshingly new twists on the life and times of a hallowed hero."--"Booklist"Praise for Sharon Kay Penman "Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage" "Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart", set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl "The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George "Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review" "Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart."--"Booklist" "[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard's capture and ransom."--"Publisher's Weekly" Praise for Sharon Kay Penman "Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished." --"BookPage" "Always happy to read a new Sharon Kay Penman novel: "Lionheart", set during the Crusades, brings both Richard and Saladin to vivid life."--Nancy Pearl "The great Crusader-King Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry."--Margaret George "Sharon Kay Penman transcends beloved-author status: among lovers of historical fiction, she is cherished."--"BookPage" "Penman has written a tour de force that has me ready for the sequel right this minute. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review" "Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters. Her reputation for character-driven, solidly detailed historicals is richly deserved. High Demand Backstory: The popularity of her superbly rendered Angevin trilogy guarantees a ready-made audience for this fictional biography of the always intriguing Richard the Lionheart."--"Booklist" "[A] gritty, unsentimental, and richly detailed epic. . . . Readers will eagerly await the next installment, which will focus on Richard's capture and ransom."--"Publisher's Weekly"

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