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

She made a valiant attempt to incorporate this exposition into conversations, but it never quite managed to sound realistic. I only gave the book four stars, because I cannot penmaan it in my heart to forgive the slow start.

I learned so much about thirteenth-century England and Wales, but it never felt forced. Please provide an email address.

Book Review: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

Joanna’s character dragonss easily likable, until she commits a sin so grievous that I had an issue with even continuing the book. Children’s Literature In Education.

Still, I would not call it a romance novel, it is so much more than that no offense romance fans. And it’s hard to get across the information we need without sounding like you character’s a mouthpiece for pemnan history lesson, giving us a lecture. And characters would give these odd monologues to catch readers up on what happened. Then Llewelyn, Hege of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English king’s beloved, illegitimate daughter, Joanna.


Review quote “A masterful picture of Wales in the thirteenth century.

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Where I got the book: Aug 20, Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I felt the devises used to help the reader pronounce the odd names were rather obvious though and would have preferred a pronunciation guide. There are dozens o I can’t say enough good things about this book. The only downfall is the length My friend Jill told me the romance between Llewelyn and Joanna w It has taken me a month to read all pages. Like Katherine, there is romance, tension, adventure and war.

Welsh Princes 3 books. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It was kind of what the whole book was building up to. It is also the story of his young wife, Joanna, King John of England’s beloved shsron bastard daughter, and her struggle to be loyal to be her husband and her father – both of whom she loved. I learned quite a bit from her recreation and became fascinated with a more accurate history of king John beyond what Heere Hood would have you believe and even more so Llywelyn whom I’d never heard of or even been that educated on the history of the Welsh and their battle to remain sovereign to a much larger England.

Tancred not only denied me my dower rights, he put me in close confinement at Palermo. Most surprisingly, it is through Joanna’s view of her father that we can sense a bit of a humanized King John, who is often seen as a murderous and diabolical king. In particular, Penman’s characters are strong individuals, sometimes, as some reviewers pointed out, too strong.

Although it took me 3 weeks to read this novel, I actually really enjoyed it. I also liked this slightly more sympathetic portrayal of John. Miss Penman has vividly captured the action, gore, romance, intrigue and whatnot of this medieval period The main chara This book was so packed with years of information where do I begin with a review? I’m not finished with the book, but I think I’m gonna call it quits. Wife to Llewelyn, whom she came to love, daughter to John, whom she worshipped, Joanna was trapped in the crossfire of their implacable enmity.


Here be Dragons has it all.

You won’t regret it! Pages with citations lacking titles Pages to import images to Wikidata. Yes, I was happy enough.

The characters were all fully developed, and even at their worst I still felt sympathy for them. Although somewhat anachronistic in tone and diction, Penman’s book neatly untangles a portion herf the crisscross politics of the time.

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Her characters are vivid and passionate, convincingly drawn and consistent with their historical actions, and she balances their personal stories with the overall events of the period perfectly, never letting one overwhelm the other. Aug 10, Zoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: The time span, though, is both good and bad. First, this is NOT an easy read.