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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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By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. For centuries, history recorded him as penmah bad king, upon whom the Magna Carta was forced.

I loved the cover and the fact that it was the imported paperback. Obviously, the fiction comes from the interplay between characters and description of feelings, which can’t ever be wholly known, but I think the author did a great job of infusing historical figures with life. Penman draws the reader into the world of the thirteenth century so thoroughly that it is difficult to leave it. There is a lot of battle in the book. At first I wasn’t really impressed with it.

You can always see the situations through everyone’s eyes, so you can sympathize with everyone. She was really fascinating. Nov 17, StoryTellerShannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of Fychan, Penman remarks: I was hoping epnman we would see some resolution to the ultimate fight of Llewelyn’s sons, but that didn’t happen either.

When map makers had limited or no knowledge of certain areas, they wrote, “Here be dragons” on the area with drawings of the mythical creatures kqy describe this unknown danger. The man you adore, who used to walk you to the ice cream truck, admits to killing a dozen young women. Looking for beautiful books? I have forbidden myself to read this book during the school year as it never fails to keep me wholly occupied to the finish.


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Eventually, I wrapped my mind around it. All these difficulties aside, I really enjoyed this story. At over pages, Here Be Dragons is not a quick read or a particularly easy one. Joanna, John, Llewelyn, and the other big players are the real deal.

She recommends not sharo around when writing. There would often be a gap of years between chapters. How refreshing it was to read this book after the dreadful The Virgin’s Lover.

A Novel of Tudor Rivals a I have learned the hard way that life goes on hold when I kau in the grips of this magnificent story. Retrieved from ” https: I know I will not do this review justice as there are no adequate words for this book and I am writing on high emotions and no planning of my thoughts. Really, these ancient leaders never stopped fighting.

All of these people were real people, as are most of the other characters. So many floating in and out of court and trying to track them down was dizzying. penkan

But it did effect my enjoyment of the novel and, to be truthful, might influence me against reading similar books in the future. Yes, I was happy enough. Perhaps the problem here was that Penman stuck too close to history? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

Novels by Sharon Kay Penman. I acknowledge that Ms Penman makes this point herself in her two later novels about Richard I and damn fi I loved this book about one of my historical heroes Llewellyn Fawr when I first read it but on this penmaj I was much irritated by the writing forsoothly, by the repetition of all the worst gossip about John and by the manifest acceptance of Richard I as a homosexual when there is no actual evidence that this was so nor did the concept of sexual orientation exist in the Medieval world.

This was the first book in the trilogy and the best of the rdagons IMHO.

Views Read Edit View history. Meaning I pushed through nearly two hundred pages before the two main characters even meet. At its heart is the love story between Dragone, Prince of North Wales who later became known as Llewelyn the Great, and his bride, Joanna, the illegitimate daughter of England’s King John.

Many people has recommended that I try a Sharon Kay Penman, but I felt a bit intimidated for two reason – firstly by the size of the books and secondly I was worried it may be too highbrow for my taste.

Penman is known for providing accurate descriptions of historical events and creating strong characterisations.