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Falls the Shadow: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Simon de Montfort was a man ahead of his time in the thirteenth century, a disinherited Frenchman who talked his way into an English earldom and marriage with a sister of the English king, Henry III. A charismatic, obstinate leader, Simon soon lost patience with the king’s incompetence and inability to keep his word, and found himself the champion of the common people.

This is his story, and the story of Henry III, as weak and ...

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Overview


Simon de Montfort was a man ahead of his time in the thirteenth century, a disinherited Frenchman who talked his way into an English earldom and marriage with a sister of the English king, Henry III. A charismatic, obstinate leader, Simon soon lost patience with the king’s incompetence and inability to keep his word, and found himself the champion of the common people.

This is his story, and the story of Henry III, as weak and changeable as Simon was brash and unbending. It is a tale of opposing wills that would eventually clash in a storm of violence and betrayal—an irresistible saga that brings the pages of history completely, provocatively, and magnificently alive.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429922951
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: Welsh Princes Trilogy , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 66,867
  • File size: 905 KB

Meet the Author


Sharon Kay Penman is the author of six critically acclaimed historical novels and four medieval mysteries, one of which was a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.


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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Really Interesting

    The characters are really interesting, but it does deal more with the events in England than in Wales. I found it compelling and very difficult to put down--another of Penman's adictive reads.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Historical and well written

    I really enjoyed the character development. From what I know of this time period, which I am still learning, I found the characters to be true to themselves and to be exciting to read. Ms. Penman does a great job taking the reader from the English court to the Welsh lands and across the channel to the French court while tying it all together. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and this one is enjoyable, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Falls the Shadow

    Okay, but I liked Here be Dragons much more. I just did not find Simon de Montfort's story that interesting. I loved it when the story focused on Wales and Llewelyn and his brother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2009

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    Penman's the best

    Even when you know the historical events and their outcome, one just can't help but get caught up in the intrigue - the book is still a "page turner" and like Penman's other books, I just couldn't put it down. Until I started reading her novels, never did I have a full understanding of when the events happened and what led to the events, the rebellions, who was who in each member of the royal court - she brings all the figures in history to life. I will read all of Penman's books - so she'd better keep writing. I've said this about her other books - they should be required reading - she does an excellent job in weaving the fiction into thehistorical facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

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    This book really kept my attention. There are a lot of characters and they all come to life. The time period was interesting and I felt like I was there right along with everyone in the book. That is what a good book should be like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Hail to the Haunting deMonfort Legacy

    Falls the Shadow seemlessly draws the reader into the world of King Henry's England, integrating the danger of that world (i.e. sudden violent death and the importance of maintaining royal favor among nobles)with the timeless beauty of a true love story (Nell and Simon, Ellen and Rob). Layered throughout is the constant back drop of violence, war and conquest that permeated everything and everyone in this world. From the crusades to war with the French to civil war to the conquests of Wales..the reader tastes and smells and touches the blood and the blood shed. This makes the characters real in their vulnerability-- prone as they are to sudden violent young death. Yes, almost without exception the Men of Henry and Edward's England, were fighting for something. In reviewing the history of the times, one can't always remember what the fight is about -- but rather that there was indeed a fight. Enter Simon. Ahead of his time. A man born a noble and yet self made in England. Simon speaks of accountability and responsibility to all men. Simon fights and the reader knows what he is fighting for. Simon fights and the deMonforts stand together behind their husband's and father's conviction. No matter what. This is what makes their love story so enduring. Their family story so compelling. The final chapter so tragic. After reading Here Be Dragons I thought there was no way I could love a sequel more. Yet Penman has a way of inviting the reader into the hearts and souls of her characters. This makes it very easy to care about them as they are introduced and subsequently developed. I grieved for the deMonforts, for example, just as I wept for Joanna in Here be Dragons. I've just begun reading the reckoning and I already love Hugh. From what I understand, however, a return visit to Llewelyn is in order and I look forward to that as well. Great entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    just got done

    I just finished this awesome book! I was actually crying towards the end. I am just a sissy i suppose but this is a great book. Sharon Kay Penman has once again gotten my attention with great writing. Now just if i could figure out what order to read the rest of her books in.

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