Falls the Shadow – Sharon Penman
Some of you may be wondering why this post for my latest book is a recommendation. It is because of one man, Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, and the fact that Sharon Penman wrote him in such a way that I sobbed when he died in battle. He died at a bend in the river in Evesham, and while I was disappointed by Evesham itself the fact that I was in a town where this man had died was a profound moment for me.
I’m not a history buff, I don’t profess to know much in detail about the history of Britain, only the broader strokes really, but what I love is when an author takes a historical figure and makes me fall in love.
Sharon Penman is an author may books and I can only recommend her entire Welsh Princes series, and also her bloody fantastic The Sunne In Splendour which is the story of Richard III.
Anyway, back to Simon and the bend in the river. We have a lot of sites in England where there have been battles, not least of which are the battles for the throne of England. This was slightly different.
“…Simon led the rebellion against King Henry III of England during the Second Barons’ War of 1263–64, and subsequently became de facto ruler of England. During his rule, de Montfort called two famous parliaments. The first stripped the King of unlimited authority, the second included ordinary citizens from the towns. For this reason, Montfort is regarded today as one of the progenitors of modern parliamentary democracy…”
Simon de Montfort died on 4 August 1265 at the Battle of Evesham, and his remains were buried secretly at the nearby Evesham Abbey. I always remember reading that he was alleged to have said; On hearing that his son Henry had been killed, he replied “Then it is time to die.”
That just kills me every time. And I stood near where he died and I remembered those words, and the power of Sharon Penman’s book made me cry again.
The Summer House
An English House Story #1
Ashby Sebastian Sterling-Haynes has had a lot of boyfriends, but he’s never found the one.
The only person he can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when babysitting her cat goes all kinds of wrong.
Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see.
When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.
Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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