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by Sharon Kay Penman

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: Medieval England

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Betrayal, death, power plays, passion and drama flow through the pages of this conclusion to Penman's trilogy. A novel of immense power, it brings the final years of the lives and marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine into sharp focus. Readers will see a family disintegrate and the world change.

The tempestuous marriage
of Henry and Eleanor, two strong-willed, passionate, brilliant strategists, is nearly over as their four sons struggle with their father for land and power. Henry has made the eldest, Hal,
his co-regent, but he has given him
no authority.

The anger Hal and his brothers feel boils over, allowing Eleanor to encourage their open rebellion against Henry. Years of battles, treachery and hate between them explode in the climax, which leaves a dysfunctional family in shambles. (Putnam, Oct., 752 pp., $28.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Putnam

Published: October 2008

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