For promoters of medieval history, these are an absolute must. During one of my trawls thru the used book vendors was the excitement of discovering Sharon Kay Penman's historic fiction stories of early medieval Britain and Wales. She brings to her papers a refinement of style, barely matched, and a capability to soak up the reader into the world she presents. In the medieval history she presents, the concepts and ideas she suggests, are so acutely drawn that any preconceptions we may have had about some of the characters and events are dropped as we get even more attuned to what's presented. Then it struck me, I spent one or two thousands of bucks on these loads of books, and here I stand to only gain one or two dollars.