Time and Chance

Time and ChanceHard to really review this one, as I had so little time to read that I spent like 3 months trying to get through it, while only reading about 10 minutes a day So I never really got into the feel of it or got attached to the characters They just didn t seem as real to me as in some of her other books and I m not sure if it was my reading schedule or the way it was written.All together, not one of her better ones in my opinion. Sometimes the titles are a tad confusing, but I have managed to read most of Penman s books and have always enjoyed them for her ability to bring these figures of history to life with realistic dialogue and setting descriptions.In this book I admit to admiring her fictional character Ranulf very much indeed The reading of this rather long book took some time and it was rewarding for me.Kindle Purchase In When Christ And His Saints Slept, Acclaimed Historical Novelist Sharon Kay Penman Portrayed All The Deceit, Danger, And Drama Of Henry II S Ascension To The Throne Now, In Time And Chance,she Continues The Ever Captivating TaleIt Was Medieval England S Immortal Marriage Eleanor Of Aquitaine And Henry II, Bound By Passion And Ambition, Certain To Leave A Legacy Of Greatness But While Lust Would Divide Them, It Was Friendship And Ultimately Faith That Brought Bloodshed Into Their Midst It Began With Thomas Becket, Henry S Closest Confidant, And His Elevation To Be Archbishop Of Canterbury It Ended With A Perceived Betrayal That Made A Royal Murder Seem Inevitable Along The Way Were Enough Scheming, Seductions, And Scandals To Topple Any Kingdom But Their Own Only Sharon Kay Penman Can Re Create This Truly Tumultuous Time And Capture The Couple Who Loved Power As Much As Each Other And A Man Who Loved God Most Of All The reign of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine was nothing short of dramatic from their personal lives to politics to that of religious undertones Add Thomas Becket to the mix and it was a soap opera to the extreme Sharon Kay Penman follows up When Christ and his Saints Slept with the second book in the series, Time and Chance Time and Chance picks up the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II a few years after When Christ and his Saints Slept In usual Penman style, Time and Chance begins slowly establishing a multitude of figures characters and the setting by recapping events from the first novel which can bog down readers Too often, nothing is truly happening in Time and Chance and the characters merely discuss everything through dialogue The reader is left hoping something happens which barely does and that there is less talk and action Sadly, this is a common thread in Time and Chance as the plot is simply too slow The novel contains marvelous characters filled with intrigue but doesn t truly show the woven web There is a lack of development resulting in Time and Chance feeling quite stiff while the reader does not bond to the characters or story properly Penman does ,however, incorporate beautiful literary language into her prose which is delightful and makes the setting feel real due to the high level of detail sometimes, too much detail Time and Chance gains the advantage of being vivid and illustrative in the storytelling.One of the main issues with Time and Chance is that the formative characters Henry, Eleanor, and Thomas are weak and aren t on the forefront The reader is therefore provided a bigger overall view of events but there isn t anyone in particular to follow which slows down Time and Chance.Penman s presentation of the relationship between Henry and Becket is emotionally charged in regards to the events dialogue occurring However, there are large chronological time lapses and Penman doesn t cohesively offer a viewpoint of how or why their friendship fell apart Thus, Time and Chance gets a boost in reader anticipation but also leaves with unanswered questions.As Penman s novel progresses, it is slightly off course and disjoined with various storylines covered but the feeling of, Oh let s talk about that or We need to return to this being the general tone Time and Chance basically is a bit of a filler novel and appears to set up events and a plot but doesn t necessarily have any true action Again too much talking but not enough doing.The final quarter of Time and Chance adds an emotional burst with the depiction of Becket s assassination Even those familiar with the history will feel highly visual descriptions, truly bringing the event to life Sadly, after this, the text seems pointless and concludes on a meaningless note but sets up the plot for the next novel.Penman offers an Author s Note to explain some of the historical liberties taken in Time and Chance which helps answer some reader questions discrepancies Time and Chance is a worthy HF novel but notably not as strong as When Chris and his Saints Slept The novel feels slow and a bit on the filler side than a moving read It should also be noted that Time and Chance doesn t hold well as a standalone novel and is best read in conjunction with the series after When Christ and his Saints Slept Time and Chance isn t terrible but not as strong as one would expect from the hype. Did not enjoy this as much as When Christ and His Saints Slept Mainly because parts including Becket were kinda boring But I liked Ranulf and the parts concerning Wales. It pains me to give anything by Sharon Kay Penman fewer than 4 or 5 stars, because she s one of my favorite authors But this book just didn t fascinate me like her others did Usually I am completely engrossed by her writing, but I never really felt a connection to these characters It s an interesting story Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II and the murder of Thomas Becket but for some reason I never really got into it I just don t think it s as well written as some of her other books. The second novel in her trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Time and Chance covers the period of the middle years of Henry s reign, up to and including the notorious murder of Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury That, along with the deteriorating marriage to Eleanor are the twin foci of the book given the tumultuous events of Henry s reign, who, as well as being the ruler of England, controlled land in France the King of France although Henry was nominally a vassal of the French king , there is plenty of drama to fill the pages of this superbly told and equally well written book return return Penman s first in the series, When Christ and His Saints Slept, covered the period of the English Civil War between Maude, Henry s mother, and Stephen, who seized the English after Henry I death, even though Henry had exacted an oath from his barons to honor his choice of Maude as heir In that book, Penman does an outstanding job of presenting both sides of that bitter, 19 year war that devastated England return return She does an equally brilliant job in presenting both sides of the increasingly acrimonious and finally lethal conflict between Henry and Beckett over the respective boundaries of power of Church and State The long view of history is on Henry s side BUT, in the context of the 12th century, as Penman so deftly shows, not only was that not clear but there was also a powerful argument on Beckett s side Two different men less stubborn, less proud might have been able to settle the differences there were certainly countless attempts to do so, especially efforts by the then pope But Penman makes clear that both men were at fault for their inability to yield The controversy which ended in the murder of Becket was one of the most dramatic events of the Middle Ages it was recorded in detail Equally so with Beckett s murder there were five eyewitnesses, who wrote detailed accounts So Penman has plenty of rich material to work with, and she does an outstanding job return return Just as fascinating is her rendition of the marriage between Henry and Eleanor, the probable causes for their increasing estrangement, which no doubt will culminate in her third and final book on Henry and Eleanor But Penman does a masterful job in her presentation of the couple, again showing both sides of the troubles between them It s nearly impossible, however, not to side with Eleanor, arguably the most powerful and fascinating woman of the Middle Ages return return Stashed in between the two central dramas are wars with the Welsh and various rebellious barons of Henry s domains, and the tension between Henry and Louis VII, the St.Louis of French history, with whom Henry had to walk a fine line as he struggled both to keep his lands on the continent and expand his power whenever the opportunity arose return return In Penman s hands, all the characters come alive Henry, Eleanor, and especially Beckett reveal themselves both in words and actions to be complex characters Penman is particularly good at dialogue Most of her main cast are historical figures carried over from her first book is the fictional character of Ranulf, supposedly one of Henry I s many illegitimate children as Penman puts it, Henry had at least 20, so why not use one of them , and therefore uncle to Henry II Ranulf serves beautifully, as he did in the first book, as an window on the Welsh at this time, important actors during Henry s reign return return I particularly liked the structure of the book, which she used in When Christ and his Saints Slept Segmented into slices of time set in particular locales, the structure is very effective, allowing for abrupt changes in time and place without disrupting the narrative in the slightest There is also a nice sketch of England and France, showing the locations of major cities, towns, and castles, especially those that play an important part in the story The book opens in July, 1156 at Chinon Castle in France and ends in Wales in 1171, with much unresolved, waiting the final chapter in The Devil s Brood return return There is no finer historical fiction that I know of Highly recommended. Like most of Sharon Kay Penman s work, this novel is one I come back to from time to time and enjoy again I just read TIME AND CHANCE again over the holiday weekend, and as always, Sharon s work took me back to the past I spend a lot of time with Eleanor and Henry in my own work, so it was wonderfully refreshing to see characters I love from her point of view Her research is impeccable, and the stength of it, as well as her love for her characters comes through in her novels If you haven t read her yet, run and get her books If you are a fan of the Plantagenets as I am, you won t be sorry. Another great work by Sharon Kay Penman I didn t find it as engaging as the first installment, When Christ and His Saints Slept maybe it s because reading about the enigmatic Thomas Becket and his unwarranted self sacrifice in my opinion wore me out , but it s still a page turner nonetheless.After finishing this book I have gained so much admiration for Henry II, flaws and all He must ve been truly exceptional to have most of the realm s good men rallying and even dying for him I m not one into appreciating the grand privileges and affluence afforded to persons of noble birth, but for him I d easily make an exception Postscript I still enjoyed the exploits of my favorite fictional hero, Ranulf, and was saddened by the fate of the Poet Prince, Hywel. Heavily politically orientated, the second installment of the early Plantagenets Henry II is one of my historical heroes, not for being heroic though he was a very able warrior and leader but for his establishment of the basis of our legal system and the imposition of peace relatively in England after the catastrophic years of the Anarchy His success in achieving control over an empire consisting of England and most of France is truly astonishing He was a very controlling man and Ms Penman makes a good psychological case for this over the two novels, showing how his parents mutual attempts at destruction of each other may have affected him and exaggerated a need for control and also how it affected his desire to have the future of his own sons settled within his lifetime The tragedy of this noble aim was that he could not let go of any control to his sons leading to utter mayhem and the breakdown of his relationships with all of them It s a tragically modern dysfunctional family and illustrates so well how little people have changed Susan Howatch rather brilliantly reset this story into the late Victorian through to WWII period and it was entirely believable You could reset it into today and it would work.The whole sorry saga of Henry and Thomas Becket plays out through this novel Why did Becket turn on Henry after being such a fast friend Who can know Ms Penman sees Becket as a chameleon, able to be what the person he was with wanted him to be but that doesn t answer his extreme and secret piety as it was exposed at his murder the hair shirt and scourging etc I suspect that rather than being a chameleon he was a perfectionist and once he took holy orders at Henry s behest he tried to serve God as perfectly as he had previously served his King Unfortunately the two jobs were mutually preclusive of doing both to perfection he had to choose and God won.Another thing I have noted on re reading this is how much fascinating the politics of the thing are now that I am not so focused on human relationship as I was when younger History becomes ever absorbing as a result.An absolutely excellent novel and her best written so far.

Penman received her bachelor s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in history, and also received a Juris Doctor J.D degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and later worked as a tax lawyer The Sunne in Splendour, a novel about Richard III of England is one of the most popular books on the Historical Novel Society s list of best historical novels In 1996, following

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  • Paperback
  • 544 pages
  • Time and Chance
  • Sharon Kay Penman
  • English
  • 13 May 2019
  • 9780345396723

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