Here Be Dragons - Welsh, Bk 1 Author:Sharon Kay Penman Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England's ruthless, power-hungry King John. Then Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English king's beloved, illegitimate daughter, Joanna. Reluctant to wed her father's bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her c... more »harismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales. But as John's attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales -- and Llewelyn -- Joanna must decide to which of these powerful men she owes her loyalty and love.
A sweeping novel of power and passion, loyalty and lives, this is the book that began the trilogy that includes FALLS THE SHADOW and THE RECKONING.« less
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This was my first book by Ms Penman. I actually bought it for a dollar off a sales table many years ago.
Since then, I have recommended it to more people than I could possibly count. The very best historical fiction, the author takes the real facts of these medieval people, and weaves an unforgettable story that draws you in and carries away your imagination to another continent and another time.
In Ms Penman's books, her characters are REAL. You love with them, hate with them, grieve with them, go to war with them.
And she did the impossible: she made me care about King John, the guy who's been depicted as evil all these centuries, without holding back from telling any of his faults.
This is a beautifully written, histoically acurate account of the struggle between Wales and England in the 13th century. It also is the love story of Welsh Prince Llewelyn and his arranged marriage to the daughter of King John, Joanna. The story gives insight into the turbulant times of truces, alliances, and the fragile bonds that may or may not hold. It's a truly remarkable piece of historic fiction.