The long awaited and highly anticipated final volume in Penman s trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine a 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 Henry s confrThe long awaited and highly anticipated final volume in Penman s trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine a 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 Henry s confrontation with the Church and self imposed exile to Ireland, Devil s 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 Henry s 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 villains only flawed human beings caught up in misperceptions and bad judgment calls Most devastating to Henry was not his sons rebellion but his wife s betrayal in joining them How could it happen that two people whose love for each other was all consum
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Devil s Brood The long awaited and highly anticipated final volume in Penman s trilogy of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine a tumultuous conclusion to this timeless story of love power ambition and betrayal Wher
There s probably a connection between why I read 3 Sharon Kay Penman books with such ease back in the early to mid 2000s and yet couldn t finish one in 2012 At the same time ye olde 2000s I was going through a high fantasy phase and huge doorstoppers with a cast of thousands riding around to villages and other countries talking about quests and prophecies, surrounded by a zillion details, fit in quite well with Penman s style of having a cast of thousands riding around to taverns and castles tal [...]
Devil s Brood is an absolute rollercoaster of a novel Now in my mind, there are two types of rollercoaster novels One kind swings wildly from one extreme of emotion to another, melodramatically creating mountains out of molehills, its plot twists coming out of nowhere, the kind of rollercoaster that leaves you feeling queasy and desperately wanting to get off The other kind of rollercoaster novel sweeps you up and off you go, the highs and lows built up ahead of time, creating anticipation, but, [...]
Rating 3.5 starsI read historical fiction for two reasons to learn and to be entertained.There s no doubt that Penman s research is impeccable As a new reader to this era, I now feel I know the story of Henry II, his sons, their rebellions and their contemporaries very well The information given is interesting and thorough I couldn t have asked for a fuller, complete picture.The entertainment side was less successful for me In her quest to tell the whole story, Penman felt she had to include ev [...]
If Eleanor of Aquitaine s marriage to King Henry II wasn t passionate and tumultuous enough it gets even spiced up when their sons rebel against their father with Eleanor s aid resulting in her captivity house arrest Sharon Kay Penman leaves the drama of the murder of Thomas Becket behind in Time and Chance and follows the family breakdown with the third book revolving around Henry and Eleanor in, Devil s Brood Devil s Brood follows familiar ground with the subject of Eleanor and Henry but Penm [...]
There is one thing you can t fault Penman for and that s her research It s thorough, copious and usually factual, almost OCD in places But what I do fault her for is her need to include every single word of it in her novels This one was so bloated by research that it floated belly up slowing the narrative, distancing characters from the reader and was downright tedious distracting in places And as fascinating as most of the information was although I could well have lived without knowing how 12t [...]
Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine thought they had it all the greatest empire since Charlemagne, healthy children including the heir and several to spare so how did it all go so wrong The Devil s Brood takes up the story where Time and Chance left off with the murder of Thomas Becket, as Henry returns from his self imposed exile to Ireland Henry s three eldest sons are chafing at the bit to have lands and power of their own and egged on by Louis of France they join with their mother E [...]
This story is several hundred pages of epic dissension between brothers, sons and father, and husband and wife cheered on by those wanting to shatter the empire said to rival that of Charlemagne s, and supported by their expedient sycophants I would jump off to their time if I only could and give each of Henry s four sons a smack in the head for being so self serving and power hungry, for still wanting of the pie when they were already given their share, for brewing deception and discord and di [...]
I have enjoyed Ms Penman s writing for many years She seems to be able to accurately craft characters and scenes that are true to life within the context of their age She is one of the few medieval writers that can describe strong female characters, and yet does not pander to an audience, or seem to cross the line in modernizing them At least that is how it seems to me Her Eleanor of Aquitaine is amazing in this book She is the most three dimensional and conflicted of all of the major characters [...]
There is much less in the way of historical error in this book Ms Penman s research has tightened up and become outstanding, by fiction standards and actually by historical standards I have read less convincing historians.This very comprehensively tells the story of the dysfunctional family dynamics that tore the family of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine apart, the tragedy of the death of two sons and the heartrending end of Henry himself Along the way, we also get the story of William Marshal [...]
I m seeing Richard I of England in whole new light and it s as dim as a gutting candle but I digress Richard is a product of his time and that time was dark and disturbing.Ms Penman once again makes medieval life and history as palpable as what we see on the news today, the persons as real, whole and flawed as ourselves separated by a thousand years Devil s Brood concludes the story of Henry II of England and his queen Eleanor Duchess of Aquitaine and concentrates on the ill fated rebellions of [...]
Another wonderful book by SKP, where the struggle for the power between Richard s sons prevails over most of his kingdom The strong character of Eleanor shows already her fight for women rights on state decisions even in a medieval era The dialogues between the main characters are very well written within an historical context based on a very careful historical research performed by SKP.
Wow Penman has done it again She manages to take a remote time in history and absolutely make it come alive, along with the major characters Absolutely one of the best historical fiction writers around, this book is well researched and such an easy read
Wow, what a great history lesson and what a story Sharon Kay Penman really knows how to make history come alive I can t wait to read of her books
In 1172 Henry II has been on the throne, ruling his vast kingdom that stretches from England to the Mediterranean, for eighteen years His passionate marriage to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine is as volatile as ever and their sons are nearing adulthood.As Henry works to extricate himself from his problems with the Church that were created by the murder of Thomas Becket, his oldest son Hal has plans of his own Hal has been crowned king while his father still rules and he is chafing under his father s [...]
I had all three books of Sharon Kay Penman s series on the dynasty that resulted in Richard the Lionheart and during my first read several years ago, I had to wait between books until the next one was published It was great to read all three in a row I feel like I know them all so well The investment of time paid off I love how the focus shifts to the new generation without making you feel like you ve left the old generation behind For example, the fictional character of Ranulf was one of my fav [...]
My prevailing feeling while reading this book was helplessness, I often felt like shaking one character or the other to make them see reason It was such a heap of incomprehensions and unforgiving pride, love badly shown and bitter betrayals.However, you can touch the love the author feels for her protagonists, always finding at least an act to redeem them, even only on their deathbed.Eleanor talking to her dead husband best summarises all the struggle Ah, Harry, we were so well matched, you and [...]
Wow this is the third installment in the series about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine Devil s Brood is the tumultuous story of Henry and Eleanor s sons and the struggle over ruling such a sprawling and diverse kingdom This is a truly epic, and amazing story so many characters, battles, political intrigues, family feuds, marriages are going on throughout the story I loved every minute of I found myself crying over events that occurred over 900 years ago Sharon Kay Penman has the ability as an a [...]
I LOVED THIS BOOK Of course I loved it it s Sharon Kay Penman,but this is SKP on the top of her game Opening this book was like falling into the 12th century becoming completely immersed in it.I m starting Lionheart right away so that I can prolong the experience my own enjoyment of her fabulous books I can t wait for A King s Ransom to come out, I hope she continues the series with another book about John after that Bravo, Sharon this really is one of the best books of all time
I always like an historical novel, and Penman s attention to detail and development of character are superb I have a fascination for Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and this novel fleshes out the motivation for their behaviour as well as giving the reader an overall picture of life in the 12th Century The story of the family discord, the ambition and Henry s desire to retain power remind me of a current mining magnate and her children
Nope, waiting doesn t change things Everybody still dies The death that really hurt was the one I knew the least about the third son, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany I really hope his marriage was similar to Penman s portrayal, because at least Constance had some happiness for a few years When he died, my alternate history mind went a little crazy, wondering what might have been if Geoffrey had been there to A protect his son, Arthur and B actually inherit the throne after Richard s death If there h [...]
I have enjoyed every SKP book I ve read, but after her heartbreaking Welsh Trilogy, I ve ceased being emotionally compelled by them I would read, enjoy the characters and the writing, but would remain emotionally aloof.Well, not any .I ve found myself emotionally devastated by this book, drawn in and helplessly reading about all these complicated, dysfunctional, ocassionally brilliant people destroying themselves and each other wanting to jump into the book and somehow stop it I haven t felt thi [...]
SKP is really one of my favorite authors, but after reading Here Be Dragons, everything else falls short When Christ and His Saints Slept is a close second I have always appreciated her historical accuracy, but I felt like she tried to cover too much history in too few pages with this book There were times when I found myself skimming pages to get to the plot She took her time with Christ His Saints and the plot was compelling, despite being much longer There were times when I felt like history [...]
I suspect that if I had the time I might really enjoy this trilogy However, my criticism of this book is that, despite the dialogue, it still feels a lot like non fiction The issues and characters are still too large I am not drawn into an engaging personal story about characters who feel like real people, so much as seeing grand historical events acted out The trick, I think, for really top notch historical fiction is to draw the reader into an engrossing personal story that then plays out acro [...]
If you like A Game of Thrones or the movie The Lion in Winter and want to know the real stories this is a writer for you.
I came across this author through her medieval mysteries which led me to her historical novels all of which I ve enjoyed With exhaustive research Penman has a knack for vividly bringing these distant past times and historical figures to life All this without miring down the reader in excessive detail, her novels provide a front row seat to royal traditions, banquets, marriages, power plays and battles the characters very human and well developed And though the books are lengthy in pages they re [...]
Everybody s favorite dysfunctional 12th century family is back in this densehistorical novel about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and theirtemperamental offspring I ve always been an admirer of Penman s novels she s a genuine scholar of medieval English history and her research isinsanely detailed, but unlike many historical novelists she doesn t feelcompelled to dump all of it over your head Instead she lets her absoluteassurance in her field create a rich, persuasive backdrop and context forth [...]
Devil s Brood is the long awaited latest installment of Sharon Kay Penman s brilliant Eleanor of Aquitaine series Preceeded by When Christ and His Saints Slept and Time and Chance, Devil s Brood seamlessly picks up the story of King Henry II and his dysfunctional family just as his eldest children reach adulthood and begin wreaking havoc in Henry s world.Where Saints and Time and Chance were a recounting of the convoluted politics of the time and the circumstances that led to Henry s grabbing of [...]
11.04At the ending of the book, the author acknowledges the 1969 movie The Lion in Winter starring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O Toole as Eleanor and Henry, and I was very pleased with this because throughout the book whenever Eleanor was speaking, especially with Henry, I could hear Katherine s rich voice and throaty laughter It was a shame that movie didn t cover ground, but there were things in that movie that did not ring true to the author and have been omitted from this book although it i [...]
This was my second read of this book, and I wrote my review on Nook.
It is enough that we answer for our own sins without being held to account for the sins of others The third novel of Ms Penman s trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, this book picks up the story some months after the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1171 The novel deals with the consequences of a family at war within itself and the impacts both on the individuals involved and on the political landscape of Europe and beyond Henry Fitz Empress ruled England as Henry I [...]