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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Penman doesn’t necessarily feel obligated to do this and puts more emphasis towards the structure and flow of the story. 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 city library, and it was completely worth it. Joanna has her dramatic crisis when she takes a lover for all the wrong reasons. The main chara This book was so packed with years of information where do I begin with a review? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

There are dozens o I can’t say enough good things about this book. I read a lot of English history books, whereas this is my first foray into Welsh history. Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England’s ruthless, power-hungry King John.

I mean things happen, but mostly I find out about them by characters discussing them afterwards rather than showing the characters living through the events themselves. His new stepfather seemed a kindly man, but he was not of Llewelyn’s blood, not one of the Cymry, and each dawning day in Shropshire only intensified Llewelyn’s heartsick longing for his homeland. He was John’s vassal — and most bitter enemy.

Here be Dragons

Trivia About Here be Dragons Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Philippa Dagons. Luckily, there are two sequels, Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A weighty over pages but accessible royal portrait, an agreeable love story, and a painstaking reconstruction of some virtuoso medieval wheeling and dealing.


It’s like reading a mystery that’s a true story and knowing how easy it would be to simply look up the facts, find out whodunnit and who died a horrible bf etc. I guess knowledge takes time. Reluctant to wed her father’s bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales.

It is also the drgaons of his young wife, Joanna, King John of England’s beloved but bastard daughter, and her struggle to be loyal to be her husband and her father – both of whom she loved.

You will read at least fifty pages before you decide to quit a book.

To those of you who love this book so uere, I wish you well. On that score, I would gladly dragkns more heavy works like Here Be Dragons. I LOVE this period. My friend Jill told me the romance between Llewelyn and Joanna w It has taken me a month to read all pages. I have forbidden myself to read this book during the school year as it never fails to keep me wholly occupied to the finish.

If you love a good romp through medieval times then I strongly suggest picking this magnificent book up. Their ups-and-downs started affecting my moods. Looking for beautiful books? To be fair though, I always tire of the good guy, finding their multi-layered adversaries far more interesting. I was so sorry to reach the last page. You need to be able to emerge yourself into Penman’s saga to enjoy it to it’s fullest.

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman | U-M Library

Eventually the audience questions got Penman talking about her writing process. This is one of those rare books that is neither, that is thoroughly researched but never reads like biography; the characters and their inner lives and relationships are fleshed out in a way that would make any novelist proud. Newer Story Older Story. Joanna is placed in secluded captivity, but at the end of the book Llewelyn comes to find her and offers her forgiveness.


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 nere worried it may be too highbrow for my taste.

We cannot but wait for Davydd and Gruffydd to come to arms against each other in the name of Wales, but first Davydd must grow up. I love it and it is my favourite of all Sharon’s historical novels. I’ve spent two evenings of my free time working my way into it, and I’ve finally put it down. Once I reached that one hundred and eighty third page, I was captivated. I hated to put this book down for the entire pages. Instead, he mended fences at home–tilting with barons, consolidating their English terrorities, matching wits with the Papacy and Philip of France, and forging alliances.

I did enjoy my introduction kzy the Welsh language and the Welsh culture.

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman – Burton Book Review – Leafing through history

And now you understand why it took me so long to get through the book. It was kind of what the whole book was building up to. Penman doesn’t give you enough time with any given person or issue for you to be able to give a damn about it.

Her writing is faultless, deftly interweaving the threads of the various story lines into a glowing, bs tapestry. Yes, his bad deeds are all there, but it was interesting to see more of the man behind the tyrannical myth.