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Editions. Here be Dragons . Sharon Penman · Paperback. Buy from Buy from – arrow icon. Hive · Waterstones · Amazon. An absorbing. Set in the 13th Century, Here Be Dragons is the story of King John and his England. A paradoxical man, he was charming, generous, clever — and he was. Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England’s ruthless, power-hungry King John. Then Llewelyn, Prince of North.

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But I cannot for the life of me get into this book! We still use power and ignorance to fuel our wars and pride and wounded egos to justify them.

But she wasn’t a woman I could really admire, and my sympathy was almost the pitying kind. It was her husband Llywelyn who sought it out because of his great kya for her and I would have enjoyed that expression of love in the story. I am sitting at work and I cannot concentrate for my mind keeps going back to these characters, one minute I am smiling the next tearing up. And it’s hard to get across the information we need without sounding like you character’s a mouthpiece for your history lesson, giving us a lecture.

What dgagons beautiful day. I think he made a fascinating historical figure to define and I grew to admire him as much as Penman seems to.

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

I can’t wait to read more of her books. View all 4 comments. It was exhausting, but I loved it. I really liked this. Languages Cymraeg Edit links. This is one of the few page books I’ve read where I didn’t feel it could have been any shorter.

I just can’t read this any more. But I’m not sure I’ll read any more Penman. The man you adore, who used to walk you to the ice cream truck, admits to killing a dozen young women. Meaning I pushed through nearly two hundred pages before the two main characters even meet. Like Katherine, there is romance, tension, adventure and war. A worthwhile read, just know it is not a quick breeze, but one well worth the investment.


The writing is superb. Joanna, a neglected waif, claimed by the then-Prince John, adored her father–he was so kind to little children, although his own childhood and youth were decidedly rocky.

In Penguin reissued a paperback edition.

This book was over pages of fantastic reading!! Here Be Dragons is the first in Sharon Kay Penman’s Wales trilogy, which follows the ruling families of Wales in the thirteenth century, a turbulent era for the small country on the borders of England, as their princes fought to protect Welsh independence from the encroaching English.

Undoing a character merge. On the one hand it’s about the power struggle between England and Wales in the s. So, smack this book right in the middle! Many, if not most, are true.

Almost all of the major characters are factually based, and Penman says that she also cast peenman secondary characters from real-life molds.

Here Be Dragons

View all 7 comments. An extremely compelling and memorable novel-one of the best in it’s genreabout love and lust, passion and powerand the sgaron politics of 13th century Wales and England.

Their love for each other and their life together is such a fantastic story – one that I will read again, I’m sure.

Email is reviewer at burtonbookreview. I haven’t taken that long to read a book since The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hated to put this book down for the entire pages.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery dragone. My one complaint would be the description of dratons legitimization of Johana which she describes as obtained by her brother, king Henry, an illogical choice since it could potentially–though unlikely–give her claim to the crown. There is probably the same amount of violence here, but it is less immediate.


But as John’s attentions turn again and again to subduing Walesand LlewelynJoanna must decide where her love and loyalties truly lie. If there were a list of characters in the index it would have been visited as often as the map with its ever changing borders to track down drgons castle was being conquered at the time. The characters were all fully developed, and even at th There was one aspect of successful kingship, however, that John had always utterly lacked – luck.

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View all 24 comments. She was out promoting her latest book, Lionheart. But the hotheaded Gryffudd is temperamentally unsuited to rule Wales, and Llewelyn knows that, so he agrees to name Davydd as his successor. Once you finish it, you will cragons her world.

I usually shy away from historical fiction starring real people, finding that such books are often dry–that, or widely derided for inaccuracy. Pages with citations lacking titles Pages to import images to Wikidata. How refreshing it was to read this book after the dreadful The Virgin’s Lover.

His mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, had eyes “”that pinned him to the wall”” and father Henry II, weary of power grabs, promised much, delivered little. To those of you who love this book so much, I wish you well.