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The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III | Sharon Kay Penman
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The classic, magnificent bestselling novel about Richard III, now in a special thirtieth anniversary edition with a new preface by the author In this triumphant combination of scholarship and storytelling, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard IIIvilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Towerfrom his maligned place in history. Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning. With revisions throughout and a new author's preface discussing the astonishing discovery of Richard's remains five centuries after his death, Sharon Kay Penman's brilliant classic is more powerful and glorious than ever.
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This is what cat camping looks like. 😂

Tamra He lays belly up when he‘s hot. 6mo
JenReadsAlot 😻 6mo
Dragon 😻 6mo
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Aims42 Lol! Love this 😻😻😻 6mo
AmyG Awww 💕 6mo
Crazeedi Perfect!!😻 6mo
rabbitprincess Awwww fluffy tummy! ♥️♥️😻 6mo
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Still plugging away the tagged book.....🐌 I haven‘t been reading a whole lot.

Pic is above our campsite near Red Lodge, MT.

Cathythoughts Beautiful nature 6mo
Hoopiefoot That‘s so beautiful! 6mo
Soscha That‘s book is a steel door stopper. I enjoyed the bit I read, but I knew there was no way I‘d finish it by the due date. 6mo
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tammysue Gorgeous view! 💙 6mo
Zelma Ooh, very pretty! 6mo
Tamra @Soscha it definitely is! For that reason I downloaded to Kindle. 💪🏾 6mo
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On pool duty. I hope this chunkster has more than just political intrigue and war. Kay‘s writing is quite engaging otherwise.

Andrew65 This is one of my all time favourite historical fiction books. 6mo
TrishB Mine too! I‘m not sure there was much else going on then! 6mo
Tamra @Andrew65 I‘m glad to hear it! She certainly is making Richard a sympathetic character. 6mo
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Tamra @TrishB probably not in those circles! 6mo
Crazeedi I love Her books 6mo
CouronneDhiver Pool crunches are fun ... way easier. Lol 6mo
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The next few posts will fall under a category I‘m calling #RealLifeLitfluence.

Points for this beauty of a chunkster go to the flippin‘ coolest Litten with the best hair, insane reading speed, and downright exemplary mum skills, @TrishB !

I can‘t wait to dive into this glorious epic of historical fiction.

Cathythoughts What a brilliant & lovely description of @TrishB 8mo
saresmoore P.S. The cover is pretty terrible, isn‘t it? Just something about that ‘80‘s font and amateur pencil shading made me happy. 🙃 8mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts Can‘t believe I forgot to mention her diehard football loyalties! 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic description of @TrishB , all on point! 👍❤️ You need to add Trish being the biggest Numan fan! 😁 8mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
MaureenMc I really hope to be as cool as @TrishB when I grow up. 😍 (It‘ll never happen, but ya gotta have goals.) 8mo
TrishB What a lovely thing to say 😘❤️ thank you! I hope you love this book as much as I do. I think @LeahBergen has this cover, it‘s so ugly it‘s lovely! 8mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @MaureenMc 😁😁😘 thank you lovely peeps! 8mo
saresmoore @MaureenMc Amen to that! 8mo
batsy Agreed @MaureenMc ! @TrishB is the coolest 🖤 8mo
TrishB @batsy aww 🥰 thank you 8mo
LeahBergen @TrishB 😆😆 I DO have this ugly cover! I hope you love it, Sara. It‘s a great, big immersive experience. 😄 8mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I‘m sure you were at least a subconscious influence in this purchase. 😄 8mo
Susannah I just don‘t understand all the talk of this as an ugly cover. It‘s GLORIOUS! 😍😉 (edited) 8mo
Reggie Also see: Badass Feminist. ❤️@TrishB 8mo
saresmoore @Reggie Yas! ✊ 8mo
saresmoore @Susannah It really does have a sweeping, epic vibe to it! 8mo
TrishB @Reggie 😁😘 8mo
Centique @TrishB 🙌 coolest for sure! 8mo
TrishB @Centique 😘 8mo
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I love SKP. She cracks me up...from her Facebook page. I am dying for her new book.

LeahBergen 😆😆 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks.. I‘m now following her.😊 11mo
Crazeedi Thanks! I'm going to follow her too, I really enjoy her books 11mo
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IT IS FINALLY HERE! My “new” copy got lost in the mail and the 3rd party bookseller didn‘t have another. Instead, they sent a “very good” used copy. Well, let‘s just say that I disagree with their version of “very good” and they‘d better be processing a partial refund, but OMG! It is beautiful and my February TBR may have just gotten thrown out the window. #PenmanPosse #RichardIII #LongLiveTheKing

LeahBergen Oooohhh! I must say ... that cover is much better than my 1980s one I showed you. 😂😂 12mo
Mdargusch I‘ve heard good things about that book. 👍🏼 12mo
DGRachel @Mdargusch It‘s what got me hooked on historical fiction. Sharon Kay Penman is phenomenal. 12mo
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Andrew65 @Mdargusch @dhrachel Such a great book and makes you see Richard III from a different perspective than that presented by the Tudors. Love the cover! 12mo
KarynGood I‘ve got to read this one! 12mo
Dragon Loved this book! Enjoy! 😀🐉 12mo
TrishB It‘s a beautiful book and read ❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Looks fab ♥️👍🏻 12mo
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Lucky enough to visit two wonderful second hand/collectible book shops in York today thanks to Helen‘s list!
Spotted this on one of the first edition shelves, never seen this cover before. Got my son to pass me it off the shelf and it‘s lovely! He then told me the cost and I put it back. As soon as we left the shop hubby went back and brought it for me! He‘s a good guy ❤️

Jas16 A very good guy! That is wonderful. I just bought a copy of this book to send to my sister because of one of your posts. 12mo
GingerAntics That‘s so sweet!!! 12mo
DGRachel Wow! That‘s awesome! 12mo
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jhod Well done hubby! 12mo
Melissa_J That‘s awesome of your hubby 😊👌🏻 12mo
Leftcoastzen Wow , neat cover , great husband!📚 12mo
squirrelbrain Aawww bless him! ❤️ #husbandsoflitsy are the best! 12mo
KerriNTurner Aww he‘s a sweetie! Glad you got the book 😊 12mo
margreads He's a keeper!! 12mo
TrishB @Jas16 I hope she likes it 😁 12mo
Caroline2 Ahhhh bless him! How lovely is that!!! 😃 12mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain they certainly are 💜 those book shops are awesome! 12mo
TrishB @Caroline2 he‘s a big softy! The kids take advantage way too much!! 12mo
GingerAntics I‘d say. 12mo
Kalalalatja What a man! 👌 12mo
arubabookwoman I love that book. At the end, I was crying and saying to myself, “Don‘t go Richard—Stay away from Bosworth Field!” He didn‘t listen. 12mo
batsy Awww, lovely of him 💕 12mo
Tanisha_A How sweet! 💗 12mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja @batsy @Tanisha_A he‘s very thoughtful like that! 12mo
TrishB @arubabookwoman I know! I always hope for another ending! 12mo
rohit-sawant So sweet of him! 12mo
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Not nearly as impressive as the copies owned by @LeahBergen and @TrishB but I think it‘s interesting that the cover art on Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning matches Leah‘s hardcovers. And dang it ladies! I have new books to read but now all I want to do is reread these!

TrishB And also that U.K. ones don‘t have ‘Kay‘ on! 13mo
DGRachel @TrishB I never noticed that! 13mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @DGRachel I think I read something about there already being an author in the US with the name Sharon Penman, so she added her middle name? 13mo
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LeahBergen And these are great as they all match so nicely! 13mo
DGRachel @LeahBergen They do look lovely together on the shelf. 🥰 13mo
CaitZ All these posts have got me wanting to re-read them, too. 13mo
Crazeedi I read the first one, must continue this series!!! 13mo
batsy I like the look of these covers 💜 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen such a great find 😁 @DGRachel 13mo
TrishB @CaitZ @Crazeedi go for it! 13mo
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@TrishB posted her pretty copies of this wonderful historical novel today.

May I present my copy? It‘s the 1982 first US edition and I seriously think it is one of the ugliest covers I own. Oddly enough, I can‘t part with it.

😆😆😆 I warned you, Trish.


merelybookish Richard Iooks like he belongs in Clan of the Cave Bear. 😆 13mo
TrishB I have never seen that one before! I think I‘m speechless 😶 who designs these things! 😂😂 but I wouldn‘t part with it either! 13mo
TrishB @merelybookish 😂😂 there was obviously a trend! 13mo
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DGRachel @LeahBergen @TrishB I‘m a bit jealous of your hardcover editions of SKP‘s early novels. I have this one in trade paper and I‘ve never seen the hardcover available of this or the Welsh Princes trilogy anywhere except online for insane prices. 13mo
TrishB @DGRachel my hardcover Welsh princes were in a charity shop!!! I literally nearly had a heart attack when I saw them......up til then I only had paperback. 13mo
DGRachel @TrishB I would have squealed and made a fool of myself. 😂😂 13mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish Richard-Jondalar?? 😆😆 Hmm... they were both published in the early 80s 🤔 13mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Isn‘t it horrific?? The actual Sunne in Splendour flag looks like a fried egg. 13mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel @TrishB I found my hardcover Welsh trilogy for a few dollars each at book sales. Mine are the US firsts, though ... I think they have different covers? Oh oh! Time to share again! 😆 13mo
TrishB @DGRachel I pretty much had palpitations buying them! 1.99 each....😁 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen the worse it gets, the more you love it in a totally weird way... 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen yay!! 13mo
DGRachel @LeahBergen Yes! Please share the covers! 13mo
merelybookish I thought the egg was a weird headress. 🤣 13mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish It totally looks like one, now that you mention it! 😆 13mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel Coming right up! @TrishB You need to share the UK covers of the Welsh trilogy too. 😄 13mo
Reviewsbylola I agree, pretty heinous. Sometimes those covers are the best tho! 13mo
Melissa_J I wouldn‘t part with it either, ugly or not! 13mo
CouronneDhiver Eek 😬 Don‘t like any of those covers. Lol 13mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola They are! 😆 13mo
LeahBergen @Melissa_J It‘s a keeper! 😂 13mo
Cinfhen Hubby is in middle of this series!! He LOVES it!!!! 13mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen He hasn‘t caught your “fear of the chunkster”? 😆😆 13mo
Cinfhen Nope!!! He loves those chunky reads 😂😂😂 13mo
Cinfhen He mocks my “easy readers” 13mo
rubyslippersreads The Egge in Splendour. 😂 13mo
MrBook Aaahhhh!!! 🙈 13mo
LeahBergen @MrBook Right??? 😂😂 13mo
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#icanseethesuninlatedecember #winterwonderland
One of my all time favourite books.

batsy The edition on the left is fab, but I also love that Penguin cover 😍 13mo
Cathythoughts Love the cover on the left too @batsy 👍🏻💙 13mo
Andrew65 And mine! 13mo
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TrishB @batsy there are a few others I‘ve seen and I‘m always tempted! 13mo
TrishB @Andrew65 I always look fondly at it because it‘s such a great read! 13mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts when that came out I felt really old as it was a 30th anniversary edition and I remembered buying it in original release! 13mo
Melissa_J One of the best books ever!! I‘m totally team Richard III, history has wronged him! 13mo
DGRachel You are making me want to reread this!! 13mo
Cinfhen Hubby‘s newest favorite author!!!! 13mo
Cinfhen Hubby has a different cover...I think it‘s red 13mo
LeslieO I haven‘t read this yet but it‘s on my shelf! 13mo
TrishB @Melissa_J exactly! 13mo
TrishB @DGRachel because it‘s so good! 13mo
TrishB @Cinfhen he has good taste! I‘ve seen the red cover too! 13mo
TrishB @LeslieO you‘ve got a great waiting for you 👍🏻 13mo
LeslieO Looking forward to it. I loved The Princes in the Tower by Allison Weir. 13mo
TrishB @LeslieO Weir has a very different approach/opinion on RIII, should be interesting for you to read. 13mo
LeahBergen I have the really ugly US 1st edition cover. 😆😆 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen post yours when you get the chance! 13mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Will do. Prepare yourself. 😆😆 13mo
TrishB @LeahBergen can‘t wait 😁 13mo
DGRachel @TrishB @LeahBergen OMG! I just found a new copy of the 30th anniversary edition on AbeBooks for just under $50. Guess who‘s going to have a hardcover edition in 7-21 days? 😍😍 13mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel Awesome!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 And I soooo want to reread the Welsh trilogy now. Hmm... 2019 buddy read? 😆 13mo
DGRachel @LeahBergen YES, PLEASE!!!! I am purposely not doing any challenges this year, beyond the normal Goodreads total and *maybe* MountTBR. I want to be free to read what I want when I want and not feel the pressure of fitting prompts and running out of time. 13mo
saresmoore I have never read these books, but all the posts are making me want to! 13mo
TrishB @DGRachel fab 😁😁 @LeahBergen I may join in depending when you do it! But don‘t arrange around me just in case. 13mo
TrishB @saresmoore there are no better historical fiction books 😁 13mo
rubyslippersreads @LeslieO Me too. This is definitely going to be my year to read it. 13mo
rubyslippersreads @DGRachel What a wonderful find! 13mo
rubyslippersreads @Melissa_J As a lifelong #Ricardian, I need to read this. 13mo
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Finally reading it!

toofondofbooks It's amazing 😊 2y
arubabookwoman Loved that book. We all know from history how it ends, but at the end, as I was crying, I was mentally pleading with Richard, “Don‘t go. “Don‘t go.” (To Bosworth Field). 2y
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#favouritebook #favoritebook #ReadingWomenMonth

My head has just about exploded trying to choose just one book, so many great books to choose from. Ended up going with one from one of my favourite authors but again could have still chosen from a number of her books! What‘s not to love about Richard III‘s story.

DGRachel I love that cover! 2y
Weaponxgirl I've not heard of this author before, will search her out now 2y
Melissa_J I support your pick fully 👍🏻 2y
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Andrew65 @Weaponxgirl I also strongly recommend her Welsh Princes Trilogy Which starts with (edited) 2y
Andrew65 @DGRachel It is a great cover! 😊 2y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Knew you would. 😊 2y
TrishB Wonderful 😁 my kids are picking my books at the moment as my tbr is completely overwhelming! So they‘re picking off the piles! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Awesome that you're joining in on this challenge! 👏 will have to check this book out 2y
Andrew65 @ephemeralwaltz I hoped you didn‘t mind me joining in, I assumed it was about women authors not what women were reading. So many of my favourite authors are women. 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz @andrew65 ABSOLUTELY! @thereadingwomen are a podcast that celebrate books written by or about women on a regular basis. 👏👏👏👏 Thanks for joining in on spreading the love! 2y
Tove_Reads Finally started reading this one! 2y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yey! Will be keen to see what you think of it. 2y
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#7favesin7days. Day 2


TrishB Oh yes 👍🏻 great pick and I‘ve never seen that cover before!! 2y
Kdgordon88 It is on the first edition hardback. 😀 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one‘s on my shelf, waiting to be read! 2y
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1. Historical Fiction
2. Not much
3. Don‘t have one
4. Elizabeth I

Tagged author is a favorite.

@Captivatedbybooks #kingsandqueensthisorthat

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I received The Sunne In Splendour for Christmas, and I was super excited to start it - it was going to be my first post-Christmas read. But sadly my mum was also excited about all things Richard III and begged me to let her keep it and read it first. I‘m home for the weekend, and the first thing I did was check her progress. Not long to wait now!!! 😆

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Sunne in Splendour | Sharon Kay Penman
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Thanks everyone for your help with my requests! I now have oh-so-many chunksters on the way; Seton, Penman, Howatch, Rutherford, Uris, Dunnett, Eco, Falcones, McCullough... I spent 37,40 incl. postage. Who let the 🤓 out? #yearofthechunkster

TrishB They all sound fab 👍🏻 especially Penman! 2y
LeahBergen Sounds wonderful! 2y
Andrew65 Which Rutherfurd books did you get? 2y
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Tove_Reads @Andrew65 Sarum and Dublin. 2y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Thanks I own Sarum, read the first book in the Dublin Saga and am currently about a quarter of the way through Ireland : Awakening - also published as 2y
Tove_Reads @Andrew65 bought quite a few first-in-the-series-books. Let‘s see which I like, hopefully all of them! Unfortunately they were out of Here Be Dragons. 2y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads That‘s a shame! 2y
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📚 The Sunne is Splendour, one of the best works of historical fiction of all time, is about The Wars of the Roses and Richard III. You won‘t look at RIII again after reading this.

🍬 Fave candy: Sour gummies of any kind

❓Generation: Gen X

📱Brand? Kleenex

👩🏻‍🔬Weekend plans? Helping my daughter with her science project, which involves building a model of the solar system 🌞🌎


Lissa00 Love this book! 2y
rubyslippersreads I need to read this! (I think I've been saying this ever since I joined Litsy! 😄) 2y
Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads One of my favourite historical fiction reads of all time! 2y
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Melissa_J @rubyslippersreads don‘t feel bad! I have a whole bunch of books on my shelves I‘ve been meaning to read for ages. 2y
DarcysMom Such a wonderful book! I love SKP beyond all reason. 2y
LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️ 2y
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This is my favorite book by Sharon Kay Penman. I have read it at least four times over the years. It is my go to book when I am ready to settle in for a long read on a cold night. I highly recommend this author.

rubyslippersreads This has been on my TBR list for ages. 2y
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Hmm... the UK and Europe, between 900 and 1600 AD. Too broad? 😉 (and I can't even decide if this IS my favourite era).


DGRachel Sounds like the perfect stretch of time and place to me. I approve. 😍 2y
Melissa_J I love that "era" too ? 2y
drokka I think it's a rather lovely sized bucket. I'd place a charger under it, you know, for some centenary spillage. 😉 (edited) 2y
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LeahBergen @Melissa_J I so know you do! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @drokka I love the phrase "centenary spillage"! ???? 2y
Leftcoastzen omg! Finally found all of the Lymond series at a library sale , please tell me they are as good as I think they may be.? 2y
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I certainly think so! As long as you enjoy an erudite and immersive series of historical fiction (and I think you do!). 😊 2y
TrishB Ditto 👍 2y
rubyslippersreads @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen some day I want to read the Lymond series. 😀 2y
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This is me being Star-struck. I love SKP she is my absolute favorite author. She has responded to a few of my comments and posts that I've tagged her in and it left me giddy like a teenager. The Sunne in Splendour is my all time favorite book ( if I had to pick) I also love Elizabeth Chadwick whose books I found out about through SKP's blog.

Moonpa Haven't read Sunne in Splendor yet - a little intimidated by the page count! Loved When Christ and his Saints Slept 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Moonpa omg! You don't even notice it. If you have read her before please read Sunne it is incredible ❤️❤️ 2y
Dogearedcopy Ooh! 'Sunne in Splendour' is my absolute favorite of hers, and one of my favorite books overall! 🙂 2y
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Here is my #alltimefavorite work of historical fiction. This book will make you change your views of Richard III. Unless you are already Team RIII, that is, in which case it will reinforce your views of him 🤴🏻#backtoreading

DGRachel Yes! Love this! 2y
rubyslippersreads I'm totally #TeamRIII, but can you believe I haven't read this book? I need to remedy that if I want to call myself a #Ricardian. 😄 2y
Melissa_J @rubyslippersreads What???? Get yourself to a bookstore pronto! You must read it 😊 2y
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rubyslippersreads @Melissa_J I actually own the ebook, so I really have no excuse. 😏 2y
Melissa_J @rubyslippersreads well then, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read it this year 😉 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yep! You need to read this. ❤️ 2y
SharonSmith I read this years ago - cant remember a thing about it but i know i loved it. 2y
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#SundayShelfie 📚 The two banks of shelves on the left contain nothing but works of historical fiction - and I have two more bookcases full of the genre not pictured - while the bank on the right is for non-fiction, mysteries and various other genres. #backtoreading

After a long day at work there is nothing I enjoy more than hanging out here with a good book #whatafeeling #augustgrrrls

Robothugs 😍😍 2y
rabbitprincess AMAZING! ♥️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ahhhh beautiful 📚💕❤️ 2y
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Dragon Lovely 👍📚🐉 2y
Sace It's beautiful! 💗❤️💗❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Super jelly 💕💕gorgeous 2y
JoeStalksBeck God , that is gorgeous! 2y
JoeStalksBeck How tall are those ? 2y
TrishB Lovely 💓 2y
emilyhaldi Amazing 2y
Melissa_J @JoeStalksBeck they run floor to ceiling, so nine feet. They are completely anchored to the wall to take weight off of the floor. 2y
JoeStalksBeck Holy crap I need those! That are perfect! 2y
DivineDiana A lifelong dream! 2y
Bluebird Oh my! How fabulous! 2y
LeahBergen Magnificent!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Gezemice Gorgeous! 2y
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rubyslippersreads I need to read this. (Though probably not right after the #chunkster that is #GWTW 😄). 3y
DGRachel I LOVE this cover. 😍 I do not need another copy of this book. I have the paperback and Kindle version, but this is so beautiful. I should own all of SKP's work in hardback, right? I owe it to her, as a fan of her work, to support her. Right? Yes. That's why I must find and buy this... 3y
Robothugs 💗 Good choice! :) 3y
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TrishB @rubyslippersreads it's awesome 😀 3y
TrishB @DGRachel I have this one in all formats so I truly think you should 😂 I have one more to get in hardback, slowly brought them all again where I only had paperback! 3y
rubyslippersreads @DGRachel @TrishB And as the anniversary edition, isn't this one slightly revised? So you owe it to yourself to complete your collection. 😄 #enabler #Ricardian 3y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It's revised?? Oh oh. I may need to check it out. I have a US first edition of this and the cover is HIDEOUS. 😂 3y
DGRachel @LeahBergen I just saw that cover when I went looking for this edition and you're right - it's AWFUL! What were the publishers thinking? 😂😂 3y
DGRachel @TrishB @rubyslippersreads I knew I could count on your support. 😂. I need this one and the Welsh Princes trilogy in hardcover. I have all the others. (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @DGRachel It's brutally bad, isn't it? I have to keep it though as I have them all in first editions. 😂 My first edition cover for Here Be Dragons is laughably awful, too. It actually has a dragon. Flying through the sky. 😳 3y
TrishB @DGRachel @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads yes SKP found some errors and corrected them for this edition. She found them due to new research. That flying dragons cover 😱😱 3y
Cinfhen Yay 😊 #NoRain 3y
Melissa_J I ❤️that book 👍🏻 I may have to invest in a new edition as mine's a little beat up. 3y
TrishB @Melissa_J it is a lovely version 😀💗 3y
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#aintnobody that writes historical fiction like Sharon Kay Penman. The Sunne in Splendour is one of the best historical fiction books out there, but also have to recommend The Welsh Princes Trilogy that I ❤️ and When Christ and His Saints Slept. Big tomes but well worth the effort!

DGRachel That cover!!!! 😍😍😍😍 3y
DGRachel And I absolutely agree with this assessment. I almost used her for this prompt! 3y
Andrew65 @DGRachel Amazing how often we have similar thoughts for the prompts! It is a striking cover. 3y
Cinfhen Uh oh...I saw the words "big tomes" #pageCountPhobia ?? 3y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Sorry didn't mean to frighten you. 😂 3y
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My very battered copy of The Sunne in Splendour. One of my top ten all time favorites. I can't even tell you how many times I've read this.
#maybookflowers @RealLifeReading
It doesn't have a lot to do with #sunshine, but it was the first one that came to mind.

Andrew65 Agree, one of my favourites too. 3y
Melissa_J This was this first book that came to my mind for the prompt, too. One of my all-time favourite novels 😊 3y
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Sharon Kay Penman is an #authorIlove #17booklove

DGRachel 😍😍😍 3y
LeahBergen Me, too! 3y
howjessreads I keep meaning to read her!! 3y
Andrew65 Love her books! 3y
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I love historical fiction and non-fiction about #royals, especially English and Scottish royals. Here are some of my favourites. #readjanuary

DGRachel SKP ❤ 3y
Melissa_J @DGRachel she's my favourite ❤️ 3y
DGRachel @Melissa_J mine, too. I scared a bookseller at Borders when Devil's Brood was released. I'd just gone into browse, he asked if I needed help, I saw the book on the new release shelf (had no idea it was out), squealed like a little girl, and ran to the shelf rather than answer him. 😳🤣 3y
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LeahBergen The ONLY one of these that I don't own (or haven't read) is The Great and Terrible King. 😂 I'm thinking that we have pretty similar tastes? 😉 3y
Melissa_J @DGRachel LOL. Do you like Elizabeth Chadwick's novels? She is also a favourite of mine. 3y
Melissa_J @LeahBergen Based in your posts, I definitely think our tastes are very similar. This means I'll be watching out for all of your recommendations 😊 3y
DGRachel She's on my TBR, but I don't think I've read anything by her, yet. 3y
Tracey_19 I loved The Sunne in Splendour and hope to start reading When Christ and His Saints Slept before the end of the month! 3y
Andrew65 @Tracey_19 You're in for a treat Tracey! I love SKP too! 3y
Andrew65 I've read 4 of these books, although I prefer Bring Up The Bodies to Wolf Hall. 3y
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I'm totally obsessed with the English monarchy 1066-1485, but especially Henry II/Eleanor and their offspring and the Wars of the Roses, especially Richard III.
The Sharon Penman book is the ' bees knees' of historical fiction!

LeahBergen Yep. Loved it! 3y
DGRachel I love the cover on your edition! *swoon*😍📚 3y
TrishB @DGRachel 💗 I love all the different covers 😀 3y
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krismac I love Sharon Penman books! 3y
deirdrebeecher Love the sunne in splendour, would also recommend Josephine Tey The Daughter of Time for more Rickardian historical fiction. 3y
Oblomov26 As an old Richardian the Sunne in Splendour is an old favorite 3y
TheSloanRanger The Sunne in Splendour was one of two books that made me change my ever pro-Lancastrian mind about Richard III. It's so good! I also loved Here Be Dragons by Penman, fond memories of reading the entire thing during a ten hour layover in Colombo! 3y
Dragon I second @deirdrebeecher 's The Daughter of Time recommendation. It's a short book but full of fascinating info on Richard . 👍🐉 (edited) 3y
TrishB @Dragon @deirdrebeecher Daughter of Time was the book that started my RIII obsession! Much loved 😀 3y
TrishB @picklebacksandpaperbacks They're so good aren't they 💗 3y
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I might have gone a teeny, tiny bit overboard during Book Outlet's Boxing Day Sale. I took my TBR list on GR and ranked it by average rating, then looked for deals. Plus two translated poetry books that I'm hoping will work for #readharder2017. 14 books for under 60 bucks! Yowza. Now patience until they arrive ...

SharonGoforth The Sunne in Splendor is so good!! 3y
rubyslippersreads I've wanted to read this book for ages--I've got to work it into one (or more) of the 2017 reading challenges. 3y
christineandbooks Would you mind sharing the titles of the poetry books? That is going to be a hard category for me to figure out... 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @christineandbooks There you go - links in the comments above. I'm hoping I can get through one of them. Any ideas for the POC spiritual journey challenge item? 3y
christineandbooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I plan to read Life of Pi for that category as I've been meaning to read it anyway.Thanks for the poetry recommendations! 3y
Suzze I bought 11. I have no idea where I'm going to put them. House is at explosion level. 😜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @christineandbooks Thanks. Not sure what I'm picking, but Life of Pi certainly fits the bill. I'll keep you posted on the poetry once it arrives! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SharonGoforth I'm excited to read it! @rubyslippersreads I need to see if I can do that also. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suzze I know what you mean. I'll have to find a way to justify them to my DH. 😎 3y
twohectobooks Hope you have a better time with The Sunne in Splendour than I did! (edited) 3y
Suzze @BarbaraTheBibliophage Luckily I only have Tink ?to judge me and she's like "whatevs". ? 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @twohectobooks Uh - oh. Well, no matter what happens I didn't pay full price for it so I'm okay. 😜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suzze He's really very tolerant as long as it doesn't encroach on his space. He told me over the weekend that mess makes him feel very stressed. He's getting more OCD as we age! 3y
Suzze @BarbaraTheBibliophage My ex was okay with all my books. That is not why we split after 26 years. 😜😜😜 3y
LeahBergen I followed The Sunne in Splendour with the nonfiction 3y
LeahBergen ☝️It was a fascinating combination. 😀 3y
Reviewsbylola That's a great method! 3y
Reviewsbylola Also Nicholas and Alexandra is great. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen Wow - that's a great combo and the nonfiction sounds fascinating! Thanks. It's now in my stack. 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola Thanks. I just read Julia Baird's bio of Queen Victoria so I thought the Russian family extension would be interesting. 3y
OrangeMooseReads I did that too. Ended up with 18 books for about the same amount lol 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @OrangeMooseReads Wow - you got such an impressive deal! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
OrangeMooseReads @BarbaraTheBibliophage I was surprised. A couple of the books were $2 and $3 3y
MamaGina I've got a big box coming too - 16 total❣my probable choice for POC spiritual journey is 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MamaGina That's the perfect book for that prompt. I read it this year and loved it, despite the sadness. Enjoy your Boxing Day box! 3y
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One of my all time favorites. Highly recommended

LeahBergen SO good. ❤️ 3y
TrishB 💗💜❤ love this book. 3y
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While it is the fourth of Penman's novels that I read, her novel about Richard III is actually her first. Richly detailed and well researched, it's a fantastic novel about a fascinating (and much maligned) monarch. #debutnovel #booktober

Moonpa I've read most of her books except this one. How long did you take to read this? I'm imitated by the size. 3y
DGRachel @Moonpa I read it 20 years ago, so I really don't remember. I don't think it's much bigger than some of her Plantagenet novels. If you've read those I don't see any reason to be intimidated by the size. 😊 3y
Dragon Loved this 📚 3y
LeahBergen This is one of my faves by Penman and it reads remarkably fast @Moonpa 3y
Moonpa @DGRachel @LeahBergen Thanks! I've been struggling through Devil's Brood so I've been hesitant to start another big book. 3y
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