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“A masterful picture of Wales in the thirteenth century . . . vividly pictured as grandly beautiful, its people volatile, stubborn, and mystic.” ---The San Diego Union
“There is everything in Here Be Dragons but dragons: princesses held captive in stone towers, bloody wars, princes scheming to dethrone their own brothers, castles under siege, maidens in distress, power struggles for half of civilization, rampant infidelity, lusting, mead guzzling, wine drinking, love affairs that topple kingdoms---how did England survive the thirteenth century? . . . History and fiction bound up together in historical novels have always had their own uneasy alliance. . . . Penman deftly makes the mesh work.” ---The Washington Post Book World
“Remarkable. . . . Her writing is faultless, deftly interweaving the threads of the various story lines into a glowing, living tapestry. . . . This is storytelling at its finest.” ---United Press International
“With a fidelity to historical detail, a deep understanding of the period, a lucid, felicitous prose style, a sensitivity to nuances of character, and a sure sense of drama, the new novel by the author of The Sunne in Splendour is an engrossing tale.” ---Publishers Weekly
Another wonderful title, for it refers to the 15 years of England's darkest time-the civil war between the cousins Queen Maud and King Steven. England was deserted, for Christ and his saints were sleeping. I had never even heard of these royals. Queen Maud was the legitimate heir to the throne, but a woman, and there fore not fit to rule. She is also the mother of Henry, who later married Eleanor of Aquitaine . Pretty heady stuff, more incredible men and women, another book to get totally lost in.
Although it has been years since all these books were first published, I can name 5 stores I have been in in the past 3 months that have one of these titles in the Staff Recommends section.
-Alice Kesterson, Ballantine Regional Sales Manger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
CAreful history, perhaps a bit too given to modern attitudes to human relationsPublished 7 hours ago by Sybil M Ungar
One of the most tedious books I've ever read. I only finished it because I paid good money for it.Published 3 days ago by Cowkitty50
I'll always remember the scene in the movie A Man for All Seasons where Sir Thomas Moore, being tried in Henry the Eighth's Star Chamber, confronts the man who betrayed him. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robin E. Levin
I love Penman's style of writing. Her diction has a way of putting you in the center of the story as an unobtrusive observer.Published 17 days ago by Khaleel
This book had some good parts, but also long stretches of history that seemed irrelevant to the storyline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley
Very good. Some of the timeline was disjointed, and confusing, but overall a good intro to Welsh history. Great character development.Published 1 month ago by yankeeinseattle
What a treat! This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can hardly put it down. I have just ordered the two remaining books of the trilogy, and plan to ready... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Photography Buff