When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
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In When Christ and His Saints Slept, the newest addition to her highly acclaimed novels of the middle ages, and the first of a trilogy that will tell the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, master storyteller and historian Sharon Kay Penman illuminates one of the less-known but fascinating periods of English history. It begins with the death of King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror and father of Maude, his only living legitimate offspring.
 

About Sharon Kay Penman

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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 April 1, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 770 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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England rejects Maude (because she's a woman, she thinks), but she fights for the kingship of her son in France, who as Henry II will finish what Maude began--after marriage to powerful, beautiful Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Penman's latest historical epic concerns the 12th-century struggle for the English throne between Henry I's daughter Maude and her cousin Stephen of Blois.

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