Sharon Kay Penman and her ‘lifelong companion’, Richard III

After the sad news earlier this year of the death of Sharon Kay Penman, author of ‘The Sunne in Splendour’, I heard the very welcome news this weekend that her archive has been donated to (and readily accepted by) the Richard III Society. Huge thanks to her family, and Stephanie Churchill Ling and Susan Troxell for facilitating it.

This morning I came across a post by Stephanie on Sharon’s blog – with excerpts from her early journals, including mention of her ‘lifelong companion’, Richard III, and her devastation at the theft the first (and only then existing) manuscript of ‘The Sunne in Splendour’, and I thought I should share it with you as I imagine many of my readers will find it of interest.

As a writer myself, I can only begin to imagine how devastating it must have been for Sharon to have had her thousand-page manuscript – several years’ work – ripped away from her with no chance of retrieving it.

The blog post can be found at:

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

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A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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