Penman Collection Comes to Rutgers–Camden

A selection of titles from the Penman collection.

The family of Sharon Kay Penman, New York Times bestselling novelist, donated her research library to the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University–Camden, and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Several hundred titles have been given to Robeson. Penman wrote historical novels set in medieval Britain and was known for her meticulous research. Before her writing career she worked as a tax attorney and graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. Penman lived in May’s Landing and died on January 22, 2021. Her works include standalone novels, such as The Sunne in Splendour, focusing on Richard III, and the Plantagenet series, five novels following the lives of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The books donated to the library cover a broad range of subjects, including medieval medicine, the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, history, literature, politics, the lives of women, and other related subjects.

Julie Still