- Sharon Kay Penman
Sharon Kay Penman (b.
August 13, 1945in New York) is an American historical novelist, of Anglo-Irishancestry. She is well known for her novels and mysteries about English and Welsh royalty during the Middle Ages.
Penman received her bachelor's degree from the
University of Texas at Austin, she majored in history, and also received a Juris Doctor (J.D.)degree from Rutgers UniversitySchool of Law, and later worked as a tax lawyer. Penman suffered from an eighteen month bout with mononucleosis[http://www.sharonkaypenman.com/penmanchronicles.htm] .
Penman's twist on history is to take a minor figure who actually existed, but of whom little is known beyond their name, and makes them the protagonist in the story. Her research is thorough; most of the events she describes have a basis in historical sources and mentions in the author's note if they are otherwise untrue.
"The Sunne in Splendour", a novel about
Richard III of Englandis one of the most popular books on the Historical Novel Society's list of best historical novels. In 1996, following the success of "When Christ and His Saints Slept" (which dealt with the Anarchyand the early career of King Henry II of England), Penman ventured into the historical whodunnitwith four mysteries set in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaineduring the reign of Richard I. The mysteries did not enjoy the same success as her "straight" historical novels, to which she returned in 2002, with "Time and Chance," again covering the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. Two further mysteries have followed.
In UK editions of her books, Penman has now dropped the middle name "Kay" and the initial which she originally used.
Here Be Dragons" (1985)
# "Falls the Shadow" (1988)
# "The Reckoning" (1991)
Justin de Quincy (mystery series)
# "The Queen's Man" (1996)
# "Cruel as the Grave" (1998)
# "Dragon's Lair" (2003)
# "Prince of Darkness" (2005)
# "When Christ and His Saints Slept" (1995)
# "Time and Chance" (2002)
# "The Devil's Brood" (2008)
The Sunne in Splendour" (1982)
* [http://www.sharonkaypenman.com/ Sharon Kay Penman webpage]
* [http://loadedquestions.blogspot.com/2008/07/interview-with-sharon-kay-penman.html Interview Sharon Kay Penman] in which she discusses a stolen Richard III manuscript, her fan base and writing her upcoming novel "Devil's Brood".
* [http://www.llywelyn.co.uk Current website for Aber]
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