[Prime] Time and ChanceAuthor Sharon Kay Penman – Collateralloan.co

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


10 thoughts on “Time and Chance

  1. Shannon Shannon says:

    TIME AND CHANCE picks up where WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT off In the second novel, we follow Henry II who was but a boy as his mother, Maude, fought for the throne In the end, Maude and her opponent tired each other out for almost twenty years, agreeing to leave the throne to her son Henry s rise looked promising as he had a distinguished battle record and married the beautiful and clever Eleanor of Aquitaine, making him the wealthiest man in Europe.But, Henry s future rule proved to no TIME AND CHANCE picks up where WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT off In the second novel, we follow Henry II who was but a boy as his mother, Maude, fought for the throne In the end, Maude and her opponent tired each other out for almost twenty years, agreeing to leave the throne to her son Henry s rise looked promising as he had a distinguished battle record and married the beautiful and clever Eleanor of Aquitaine, making him the wealthiest man in Europe.But, Henry s future rule proved to not be so lacking in turbulence One of his first challenges dealt in trying to conquer Wales which only resulted in many dead and lost time.Things proved better on the mainland where unruly French vassals tried to break away True to his past, Henry spent a great deal of time in the saddle bruising his unruly vassals.During this time, Eleanor was having child after child, yet beginning to resent Henry b c he was ignoring her advice and spending less and less time with her.Overall, the main challenge to Henry was the Thomas Beckett affair, which resulted in a showdown between the Church and Henry s rule As many History buffs know, Henry prevailed at first but suffered later when Beckett was slain by vassals to Henry A good part of this novel covers the actual Historical meetings, conversations and friendship erosion of Henry and Beckett I would put this below WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT, as well as SUNNE IN THE SPLENDOUR It is definitely better than the mystery trilogy she did on the side for fun, but most likely a notch below the Welsh trilogy.The Sunne in SplendourOVERALL GRADE B to B plus


  2. Krista Claudine Baetiong Krista Claudine Baetiong says:

    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 i 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


  3. Deborah Pickstone Deborah Pickstone says:

    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 Penm 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 muchfascinating the politics of the thing are now that I am not so focused on human relationship as I was when younger History becomes everabsorbing as a result.An absolutely excellent novel and her best written so far


  4. Orsolya Orsolya says:

    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 Cha 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 andaction 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 biton 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


  5. Kathy Kathy says:

    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


  6. Laura Laura says:

    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.


  7. Elysium Elysium says:

    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.


  8. Christy English Christy English says:

    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 r 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


  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    Hard 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.


  10. Evita Skinski Evita Skinski says:

    I unfortunately was quite disappointed with this book There were some sections that reminded me of her marvelous writing in Here be Dragons and The Sunne in Splendour , but I feel like this book was just overly complicated and slow, with too many characters irrelevant to the plot and not very well outlined either , and various storylines which didn t seem to have anything to do with each other and honestly could have been spared in benefit of concentratingon Henry and Eleanor In no w I unfortunately was quite disappointed with this book There were some sections that reminded me of her marvelous writing in Here be Dragons and The Sunne in Splendour , but I feel like this book was just overly complicated and slow, with too many characters irrelevant to the plot and not very well outlined either , and various storylines which didn t seem to have anything to do with each other and honestly could have been spared in benefit of concentratingon Henry and Eleanor In no way am I saying that it was a waste of my time Of course, I still finished it and am giving it three stars, as it was a very valuable history lesson, but sadly just that, and not an exciting and emotional experience, as with Sharon Penman s other books previously mentioned Hope I won t be as disappointed with 3 I m very interested in Eleanor of A and I know that I won t read any piece of historical fictionaccurate than Penman s books, so I m willing to give it a go