A historical fiction novel by Sharon Kay Penman. ''The Sunne in Splendour'' covers 33 years, from 1459 to 1492, focusing on the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses and in particular Richard III, whom Penman depicts as a heroic character, vilified after his death by political enemies.
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!!This book contains examples of:
* ArrangedMarriage
* BigBrotherWorship: Richard's relationship with his older brother Edward.
* BornLucky: Edward... well, at least it's invoked plenty of times.
* CainAndAbel: George and Edward (Isabel even lampshades this); subverted in that Edward isn't exactly a good guy himself. Later George and Richard, too.
* CantHaveSexEver: [[spoiler:Richard and Anne can't have sex after she gets diagnosed with tuberculosis, for fear he'll get infected too.]]
* TheChessmaster: King Louis of France.
* ClearMyName: Penman wrote the book partially to do this for Richard. Also, toward the end, the characters become increasingly concerned about how history will view them.
* CloudCuckoolander: Harry of Lancaster, of course. Edward and Richard think [[spoiler:[[ConspiracyTheorist George]]]] is becoming this, as well.
* CoitusInterruptus: Richard and Anne's intimate moment was cut short when Buckingham walked in on them, to deliver an urgent message.
* ConflictingLoyalty: The most obvious example of this would be poor [[HonorBeforeReason Johnny Neville]], [[spoiler:who died fighting against York... and yet secretly wearing its colors]].
* CoolUncle: Richard, to all his brothers' children except young Edward, but especially Bess.
* CreatorBreakdown: Penman's first copy of the manuscript was stolen, making her so depressed that she didn't write a word for five years. Finally she rewrote the whole thing from scratch.
* DeadGuyJunior: The same names get recycled over and over.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In spades.
* DeusAngstMachina: The last 200 pages or so of the book. Everything that could possibly go wrong in Richard's life does so, in the most brutal way possible. Justified in that it comes straight from the historical record.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Anne. Major tearjerking scene.
* DoomedByCanon: Those familiar with the War of the Roses will know what's coming.
* {{Doorstopper}}
* DoubleInLawMarriage: Brothers Richard and George marry sisters Anne and Isabel.
* DownerEnding
* DueToTheDead: Everyone is appalled when the bad guys behead or otherwise mistreat the bodies of those fallen in battle. The good guys accord their dead enemies a decent burial. [[spoiler:When Richard fails to do so, with Will Hastings, it's a clear sign of a HeroicBSOD in progress.]]
* DyingAlone
* EnemyMine: Marguerite and Warwick are probably the most clashing example.
* EvilUncle: How young Edward views Richard. The rest of the nieces and nephews.... not so much.
* FeudingFamilies: York and Lancaster
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The way most of the main characters react to Elizabeth Woodville Grey and Margurite of Anjou.
* GreenEyes: Elizabeth Woodville and George.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: George's poor son Edward.
* HonoraryUncle: Jack Howard, to Bess.
* IncestIsRelative: Provided there's a papal dispensation.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler:Anne]]
* KillEmAll: Well, mostly. Elizabeth Woodville, Bess, Francis Lovell and a few other characters make it.
* KingMaker: Warwick was the original kingmaker. Also seen later on with [[spoiler:Buckingham, who does this for Richard, and then the Stanleys and Northumberland, who do it for Henry Tudor]].
* KnightTemplarParent: Marguerite d'Anjou to a T.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Anne suffered one miscarriage after another after giving birth to Edward. [[spoiler:Edward died at age 10.]]
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: Edward IV might have thought through his romantic choices a bit better.
* MaritalRapeLicense: Poor Anne.
* MarryForLove: Surprisingly.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Warwick really didn't like the whole "let's promote all the Woodvilles" thing.
* MoralityKitchenSink
* NeverMyFault: George.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: Richard, George and Edward, respectively.
* OffWithHisHead
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Edward exercises this with his brothers, with varying success.
* RoyalBrat: Edouard shows signs of this.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: George's attitude toward life.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Happens in France, much to Richard's dismay.
* SecretRelationship: Hoo boy.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Rob Apsall, after Sandal Castle, and Francis, after the foiled attack on Henry Tudor.]]
* StormingTheCastle
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Richard and Anne
* VillainsDyingGrace
--> '''Edward''': I'd not stain my hands with a woman's blood.
-->'''Marguerite''': Even if it were a mercy?
-->'''Edward''': Especially if it were a mercy, Madame.
* WarIsHell
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Although that never ends well for the traitor.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Edward and Warwick.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Joan. We never even find out if she survived the sacking of Ludlow.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Women never get executed for treason, no matter how serious their crimes.
* YourCheatingHeart: Played straight with Edward IV. Slightly subverted with Richard, who sired two bastards before married Anne.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Anne.
** Edmund had shades of this, too.