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Subject: Why we love Sharon Kay Penman
Date Posted: 1/15/2011 7:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2009
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For those who may not have seen this:

Sharon's Blog on History vs. Fiction

 

(Edited to fix link)



Last Edited on: 7/20/11 12:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/15/2011 7:28 PM ET
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Thanks Deb, I saw that also and used it in a discussion I'd been having over at goodreads on medieval romances. A nice thing to point to and say "this is where I'm coming from" when I'm pissing and moaning about those crappy Zebra medievals devil

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 7:45 PM ET
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Excellent article.  Yes, that's EXACTLY why we love her.  She takes on the whole, huge stage of the Plantagenet Britain, with its family relationships and politics, and makes it make SENSE to us, within the confines of MA realities.  Adore it. 

I think she goes exactly how far an author should go for modern sensibilities:  no farther than to create scenes that explain to us where their mindset is coming from, so that we can relate to it somewhat.  I can forgive errors in factual things like clothing, food, or weapons that weren't available in that time and place far more easily than I can forgive an author giving modern, Western sensibilities to characters. 

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 10:14 PM ET
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I agree and truly appreciate the historical accuracy. I have to add that I believe she writes some of the best dialogue of any author today, hitting the provervial "nail on the head" with regard to her characters.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 3:08 AM ET
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This is why she is my Goddess!   Can I get a witness?

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 12:47 PM ET
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For those of you on Goodreads, Lionheart has just been listed for a giveaway.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Thanks Cathy!

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 11:13 AM ET
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I enjoyed reading this so much.  Thank you!

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 10:14 AM ET
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Those of you members of Librarything there are 25 copies up for grabs there.

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 10:49 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2008
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I just read my first Penman novel (The Queen's Man), thanks to the reading challenge.  I can't believe I had never heard of her before I came on here, I LOVED it!  Now I'm just waiting for my number to come up on the wish list, as I've wished for every book of hers that I could find listed in the system.

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 11:57 AM ET
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Yes, Heidi, Penman is wonderful, isn't she?  (And that Justin's not bad either. wink)

Hope you get her other books soon -- she's one of the few authors that I automatically buy -- I'm not patient enough to wait for that slow-moving WL.

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 3:02 AM ET
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Deb, if I get through the rest of my HF challenge books and still haven't gotten any of the other Penman books through WL I will definitely consider buying them instead.  My problem is that I'm now reading Outlander and am loving that as well!  These reading challenges are dangerous, my WL is maxed out and I'm still coming across new authors to love.