Sharon Kay Penman is the author of seven previous historical novels: When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, Devil's Brood, and four medieval mysteries set during the reign of Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey, and is working on A King's Ransom, which will complete the story of Richard I.
"The great Crusader king Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all
his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry by
Sharon Kay Penman. She brings him and his legendary enemy, Saladin,
before us, both on the battlefield for Jerusalem and in the quiet
of their private chambers. It's as if you were there, in this
strange, beguiling, vanished time that haunts the Middle East even
today. Penman has triumphed in capturing its elusive essence and
the blazing glory of the English king called Lionheart."
-Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I: A Novel"