The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



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 III—vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower—from 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.


About Sharon Kay Penman

See more books from this Author
Sharon Kay Penman has lived in England and Wales and currently resides in New Jersey. She is the author of six other novels: Falls the Shadow, Here Be Dragons, The Reckoning, The Sunne in Splendour, When Christ and His Saints Slept, and the first Justin de Quincy adventure: The Queen's Man.
Published January 22, 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin. 948 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Sunne in Splendour

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

The Richard here, moreover, is a ""moralist and idealist"" whose ""sense of self became entwined with the ties that bound him to his elder brother,"" Edward IV, that Yorkist ""Sunne in Splendour."" So, throughout the maze of battles, betrayals, and murder--while the Lancastrian forces supporting ...

Oct 29 1982 | Read Full Review of The Sunne in Splendour


The final battle between the Yorkist King Richard III and the Lancastrian Henry Tudor ends with Richard III losing his crown and his life and Henry Tudor becoming King Henry VIII who married Elizabeth of York, the daughter of King Edward IV.

Oct 13 2009 | Read Full Review of The Sunne in Splendour

Reader Rating for The Sunne in Splendour

An aggregated and normalized score based on 402 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review