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When Christ and His Saints Slept

Plantagenets, Book 1
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 36 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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In When Christ and His Saints Slept, the first of a trilogy that will tell the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, master storyteller and historian Sharon Kay Penman illuminates one of the less known but fascinating periods of English history. It begins with the death of King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror and father of Maude, his only living legitimate offspring.  

Contains mature themes.

©1995 Sharon Kay Penman (P)2019 Tantor

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At Last

I've been waiting years for this book to become an audio book, as I have wanted to share it with my blind mother-in-law. This is an all time favorite of mine. Sharon Penman is simply the gold standard in historical fiction of this era. She is an amazing story teller with an academics gift for research. She has taken facts and woven a story that is hard to put down. One of those books that stays with you long after its over. If you interested in the era of the anarchy of the 1st English Civil War and the beginning of the Plantagenet Empire, you must read this novel. I can't wait for the rest of Sharon Penman's book to become available on audio.

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Remarkable Book

Sharon Kay Penman is a truly gifted author. Her books transport you to their stories through a vivid detail that is unparalleled in historical fiction novels. I wish audible would get all of her books.

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Thanks for ending my wait!

I’ve Been waiting for this series to become available on Audible for years. Crossing my fingers for more!

Thanks Sharon!

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Could have used an editor

I appreciate a good historical novel but this could have stood a good editor. Very slow moving and prodding. Great cure for insomnia. The narrator’s pitch also grated on the nerves.

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Outstanding!!!

I’ve read many historical fiction, but other than Pillars of the Earth, this has been my absolute favorite. Her extensive research is obvious and her ability to weave it all into a very entertaining story is amazing. I look forward reading and listening to Ms. Penman’s other works as well as those to come.