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Devil's Broodby Sharon Kay Penman
Another engrossing historical saga from Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood concludes her trilogy on the tumultuous events that swept across 12th-century England. When the passionate marriage of King Henry II and his legendary queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is destroyed by ambition and betrayal, the ramifications are felt throughout Europe. Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, Penman's novels never fail to bring the Middle Ages and their inhabitants vividly to life.
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The long-awaited and highly anticipated final volume in Penmanas trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaineaa tumultuous conclusion to this timeless story of love, power, ambition, and betrayal.
Where the second novel in the trilogy, Time And Chance, dealt with the extraordinary politics of the twelfth century, climaxing with the murder of Thomas Becket and Henryas confrontation with the Church and self-imposed exile to Ireland, Devilas Brood centers on the implosion of a family. And because it is a royal family whose domains span the English Channel and whose alliances encompass the Christian world, that collapse will have dire consequences. This is a story of betrayal as Henryas three eldest sons and his wife enter into a rebellion against him, aligning themselves with his bitterest enemy, King Louis of France. But it is also the story of a great king whose brilliance forged an empire but whose personal blind spots led him into the most serious mistake of his life.
Sharon Kay Penman has created a novel of tremendous power, as two strong-willed, passionate people clash, a family divides, and a marriage ends in all but name. Curiously, it is a novel without villainsaonly flawed human beings caught up in misperceptions and bad judgment calls. Most devastating to Henry was not his sonsa rebellion but his wifeas betrayal in joining them. How could it happen that two people whose love for each other was all consuming end up as bitter adversaries? That is the heart of Penmanas tale in Devilas Brood,
A.D. 1172. Henry IIs three eldest sons conspire against him and align themselves with his greatest enemy, King Louis of France, but its Eleanor of Aquitaines involvement in the plot to overthrow her husband that proves to be the harshest betrayal. As a royal family collapses and a marriage ends in all but name, the clash between these two strong-willed and passionate souls will have far-reaching and devastating consequences throughout Christendom.
Devils Brood, a breathtaking and sweeping epic of a family at its breaking point, shows how two monumental figures once bound by all-consuming love became the bitterest of adversaries.
About the 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 Queens Man.
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