When Christ and His Saints Slept

When Christ and His Saints Slept

A.D. 1135. 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.

Title:When Christ and His Saints Slept
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345396686
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    When Christ and His Saints Slept Reviews

  • Emily May

    “Why is it honesty when a man speaks his mind and madness when a woman does?” So 12th century England is basically A Game of Thrones.I really enjoyed what Penman did with this book and it's mad...

  • Shannon

    Penman's broad epic scope focuses on the dynastic struggle for the crown of England. This takes place in the early 12th century when Henry I, who had over 20 illegitimate children, loses his one legit...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    You will look at this book and find the 742 pages daunting, but I will relieve your mind on that score. The book reads fast. Penman keeps the pages moving bringing history to life and putting flesh on...

  • Gary

    What makes Sharon Penman's historical novels set in medieval Britain so amazing is how they combine sticking quite close to historical facts, with making a thrilling read enjoyable to modern readers, ...

  • Iset

    It was with great anticipation that I returned to Sharon Penman’s When Christ and His Saints Slept, the first book by Sharon Penman that I ever read at the tender age of 10, and which for good reaso...

  • Bryon

    I liked this book, and am a fan of Penman's...but there were a few issues that I had with this one:1.) "Head-hopping": Sometimes it's really hard to tell who she's talking about, and you have to go ba...

  • Tania

    "A man can be our enemy, Eustace, and still be a decent sort.I've read all of Philippa Gregory's king and queen books, and this is only my second title by Sharon Kay Penman. I enjoy them both but for ...

  • SonOfYork

    Sharon Penman has, for a long while now, taken first place on my list of favorite authors, in any genre! No matter which genre I delve into, no author (so far) has been able to draw me in as well as P...

  • Manybooks

    Now I read Sharon Kay Penman's When Christ and his Saints Slept many many years ago (I purchased a hardback copy with much anticipation when it was first released, mostly because of my adoration of El...

  • Sage

    This is not a great example of historical fiction. The story is thin and feels like it is just there to connect the historical elements that the author had researched and wanted to tell us about. It's...