When Christ and His Saints Slept

When Christ and His Saints Slept

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Baker & Taylor
The first volume of a trilogy that will follow the lives and fortunes of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine presents the story of Maude, imperious daughter of Henry the I and England's uncrowned queen, and her trusted, tormented cousin Stephen. 75,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In this novel, Sharon Kay Penman brings to life a dark period in English history, painting a canvas rich in the textures and colors of the era. Here is the pain and suffering of the innocents, the conniving and duplicity of the barons; here is the terrible reality of lawlessness - the burning towns, ravaged countryside, weary people. But above all, here are two extraordinary adversaries: A woman whose courage outran her common sense, who found that her skirts bound her more tightly than any rope. And a man of inordinate charm, as valiant in battle as he was able in friendship - but a man whose life was based on a broken oath and a treacherous lie, tragic flaws that would destroy him.
Beginning as friends, they ended in the bitterest enmity, their bloodiest wounds self-inflicted. And if Stephen lost the crown, Maude would never wear it.
But in a final irony for both, Maude would indeed be the mother of kings, for it was her eldest, Henry, who would establish the Plantagenet dynasty and, with Eleanor of Aquitaine, electrify the medieval world.

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A novel depicting a dark period in English history follows the story of Maude, daughter of Henry I and England's uncrowned queen, and her cousin Stephen, as their battles for the crown of England lead to twenty years of anarchy

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1995
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805010152
0805010157
Branch Call Number: FIC Penman, S 100.1 1995
Characteristics: 746 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.7 61.0 67004

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This novel relates the twenty year battle between King Henry's daughter and his nephew over the throne of England.

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