Falls the Shadow

Falls the Shadow

Book - 2008 | 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
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Simon de Montfort was a man ahead of his time in the thirteenth century, a disinherited Frenchman who talked his way into an English earldom and marriage with a sister of the English king, Henry III. A charismatic, obstinate leader, Simon soon lost patience with the king’s incompetence and inability to keep his word, and found himself the champion of the common people. This is his story, and the story of Henry III, as weak and changeable as Simon was brash and unbending. It is a tale of opposing wills that would eventually clash in a storm of violence and betrayal—an irresistible saga that brings the pages of history completely, provocatively, and magnificently alive.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 0312382464
9780312382469
Branch Call Number: FIC PENMAN
Characteristics: 579 p. : ill ; 21 cm

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sarahcharlotte999
Jan 12, 2018

Another enjoyable Penman tale, but a bit one-sided.
The Simon-Henry, Simon-Nell and the Llewelyn-Llelo-Davydd relationships crackle.
Unfortunately, here be some crazy burnishing of Simon de Montfort's legacy. Historically, Simon had as much sympathy for Jews as Shakespeare did for Shylock. But, Penman's Simon responds thoughtfully to petitions from Jews even as his advisors gasp in shock. I don't think so!

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GummiGirl
Sep 21, 2012

Lots of battles and romance. Gives a good feel for life in medieval England.

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glendamiller
Jul 14, 2011

This is the 5th one I have read in this series and I am still enjoying them and looking forwarding to reading the last one.

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