Set in the days of Richard the Lionheart of England, For the King’s Favor is the tale of the heir to the earldom of Norfolk, Richard Bigod, and how he came to marry the King’s former mistress, Ida de Tosney.
I was very pleased with this novel. It reminded me a lot of Sharon Kay Penman’s style: rich historic backdrop, with excellent character development and a great (and very true) storyline. She fills in aspects of relationships that are not known, but likely to be true, without taking anything away from important historical facts. Having read Penman’s books on Richard the Lionheart, I was pleasantly whisked back to that story, but with the emphasis being Bigod and de Tosney. I’ll definitely have to read more by this author.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008
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