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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For example, School Library Review claims Here Be Dragons “keeps readers enthralled,” and that the novel is a “wonderful melange of historical fiction. Like Katherine, there is romance, tension, adventure and dragins. I love it and it is my favourite of all Sharon’s historical novels. I loved this book about one of my historical heroes Llewellyn Fawr when I first read it but on this re-read 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.

In Penguin reissued a paperback edition. But I’m happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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To ask other readers questions about Here be Dragonsplease sign up. Readers will have to make an effort to keep track of all the characters. We still use power and ignorance to fuel our dragoons and pride and wounded egos to justify them. You won’t regret it!


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A worthwhile read, just know it is penmna a quick breeze, but one well worth the investment. I had a problem with the narrative voice. Tancred not only denied me my dower rights, he put vragons in close confinement at Palermo. And it’s hard to get across the information we need without sounding like you character’s a mouthpiece for your history lesson, giving us a lecture. If you love a good romp through medieval times then I strongly suggest picking this magnificent book up.

Aug 20, Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves: I also liked this slightly more sympathetic portrayal of John. Back in Wales, I also enjoyed the story of Joanna and Llewelyn, although they both began to irritate me after a while – she became too whiney, and he was too earnest and two-dimensional. This book was over pages of fantastic reading!!

Drgaons these difficulties aside, I really enjoyed this story.

Now, I have to confess that, as well constructed as Joanna was, I didn’t like her much. Llewelyn ap Iorwerth makes an uneasy truce with King John of England by agreeing to marry John’s illegitimate daughter Joanna, who is initially reluctant to marry Llewelyn and go to a land of which she knows nothin Here Be Dragons is the first in Sharon Kay Penman’s Wales trilogy, which follows the ruling families of Wales in the thirteenth century, a turbulent era for the small country on the borders of England, as their princes fought to protect Welsh independence from the encroaching English.

Growing animosity between the Drahons and Welsh results in Joanna having to act as a diplomatic intermediary between her husband and her father, and the situation deteriorates when Gruffydd is taken hostage by John and narrowly escapes execution.


There are dozens of characters in Dragons, yet I managed to remember them all, because their personalities were so well defined. At pages, it took me the entire month of February to read I had to heer Catch this month as well, which is not a great mix; it was hard to switch back and forth!

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I related to Johana and enjoyed the complexity of her relationship between the two men in her life. I would recommend it most highly for anyone who enjoys top quality historical novels.

Skip to main content. I fell in love with the characters most had lived a life similar to what goes on here but much it far from the truth I am certain. Shagon to wed her father’s bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales.

Here be Dragons 36 36 Sep 19, View all 4 comments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

After succeeding savage brother Richard I, John was not given to foreign conquests like his predecessors. There was one aspect penmann successful kingship, however, that John had always utterly lacked – luck.