When Christ and His Saints Slept

When Christ and His Saints Slept

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In the wake of King Henry I's death in 1135, the Countess of Anjou, his beautiful daughter, prepares to claim the throne despite the reservations of the late ruler's barons, but her position is usurped by her cousin. As church bells tolled for the death of England's King Henry I, his barons faced the unwelcome prospect of being ruled by a woman: Henry's beautiful daughter Maude, Countess of Anjou. But before Maude could claim her throne, her cousin Stephen seized it. In their long and bitter struggle, all of England bled and burned. Sharon Kay Penman's magnificent fifth novel summons to life a spectacular medieval tragedy whose unfolding breaks the heart even as it prepares the way for splendors to come--the glorious age of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Plantagenets that would soon illumine the world
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009, c1995
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345396686
0345396685
Characteristics: 759 p. : map, geneal. table, 21 cm

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FavouriteFiction Sep 29, 2009

This novel relates the twenty year battle between King Henry's daughter and his nephew over the throne of England.

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