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About the Book
The second volume in a trilogy begun in "When Christ and His Saints Slept Here." Hoping to subdue the Church, Henry II--against the advice of Eleanor of Aquitaine-- raises Thomas Becket to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. But when the once worldly Becket discovers faith, their alliance withers.
In When Christ and His Saints Slept
, acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman portrayed all the deceit, danger, and drama of Henry II's ascension to the throne. Now, in Time and Chance,
she continues the ever-more-captivating tale.
It was medieval England's immortal marriage--Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, bound by passion and ambition, certain to leave a legacy of greatness. But while lust would divide them, it was friendship--and ultimately faith--that brought bloodshed into their midst. It began with Thomas Becket, Henry's closest confidant, and his elevation to be Archbishop of Canterbury. It ended with a perceived betrayal that made a royal murder seem inevitable. Along the way were enough scheming, seductions, and scandals to topple any kingdom but their own. . . .
Only Sharon Kay Penman can re-create this truly tumultuous time--and capture the couple who loved power as much as each other . . . and a man who loved God most of all.
About the Author Sharon Kay Penman
is the author of the historical novels A King's Ransom, The Sunne in Splendour, Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, The Reckoning, When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, Devil's Brood
, and Lionheart
. Additionally, she has written four medieval mysteries: The Queen's Man, Cruel as the Grave, Dragon's Lair,
and Prince of Darkness
. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey.