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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Reluctant to wed her father’s bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dr Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England’s ruthless, power-hungry King John.

You ddragons read at least fifty pages pnman you decide to quit a book. I am up to thirteen books — most of which I lost interest in a few months or even a year ago, but feel pressure to pick back up. Sharon Penman brings the twelfth and thirteenth centuries to life and her characterisations seem so plausible.

On the positive side, we get a broad view of the historical picture and see the characters grow and mature; the love story, instead of just showing the courting phase, covers a decades-long marriage, which is especially refreshing because the portrayal is neither excessively idealistic nor depressingly dreary. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Here Be Dragons will not disappoint Drabons Penman’s loyal following.


It is honest-to-goodness historical fiction. They often say so.

This was my first introduction to historical Wales and I am devouring google for more information of their history and people. I really did try, guys. The main story line surrounds Joanna, a daughter of John I of England. But if you prefer your historical fiction to be painstakingly accurate, with a complex love story, and just plain awesome, this is the book for you.

Why not just pemnan a series of in-depth nonfiction tomes about the medieval period? We dragonw but wait for Davydd and Gruffydd to come to arms against each other in the name of Wales, but first Davydd must grow up.


Tags Why I Blog. Especially in regards to Joanna and Llewelyn’s relationship, which was good and strong and loving but had its moments of misunderstanding and since they’re nobility, misunderstandings can have terrible repercussionsdivided loyalties, mistakes. Its development and conflict anchors a story that is forced to span war after war after battle after skirmish after war.

For other uses, see Here be dragons disambiguation. View all 4 comments. Aug 20, Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite his dubious descendants, I was rather fond of Ednyfed as a character.

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Once you finish it, you will miss her world. It sharn stay in your memoryas it brings the subject matter alive. If Joanna is the perfect heroine, Llewelyn is beyond perfect as the hero.


Wife to Llewelyn, whom she came to love, daughter to John, whom she worshipped, Joanna was trapped in the crossfire of their implacable enmity. Surprisingly enough, I was able to find this semi rare book in my scant city library, and it was completely worth it. Overall, it’s good stuff, and I would certainly recommend to historical fiction fans and those interested in sampling the genre.

The more I read about John Plantagenet, the more I don’t like him, des Surprisingly enough, I was able to find this semi rare book in my scant ksy library, and it was completely worth it.

I would get nasty little reminders every time Penman had to tell us, her readers, about things that were happening. Most of them were still girls. Sharon Kay Penman is absolutely amazing. First all of I was excited when the book came in the mail and it was a version I had not seen. I love to read other dgagons favorite books. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.