She also received a Juris Doctor J. When the page manuscript was stolen from her car, Penman found herself unable to write for the next five years. She has a second home in the Welsh mountains where, she says, the history inspires her and provides material for her novels. She had plenty of material to be written about the "rebellious sons and disgruntled brothers and conniving kings and willful queens" of the Plantagenets and hoped to write as many as a dozen books on the subject. Whether in Wales or in England, a noble wife had responsibility for a household, complete with household knights, whom the wife relied upon to keep the household safe.

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A paradoxical man, he was charming, generous, clever — and he was unstable and brutal. He was capable of great kindnesses, but he butchered child hostages. He was the youngest son and favorite of Henry Plantagenet, but he would betray his father in order to seize the throne of England. For centuries, history recorded him as a bad king, upon whom the Magna Carta was forced.

At 14, he began a civil war; by 21, he held all North Wales. His dream of a free and united Wales, unencumbered by English laws or lords, was to spur a lifelong crusade that left little time for peace or pleasure. He would cherish her, cosset her, and yet use her as a political pawn, marrying her off at fifteen to a wild Welsh prince She was terrified, but he was the father she adored and obeyed.

Wife to Llewelyn, whom she came to love, daughter to John, whom she worshipped, Joanna was trapped in the crossfire of their implacable enmity. It makes for an engrossing, entertaining, and just plain wonderful read.

History and fiction bound up together in historical novels have always had their own uneasy alliance. Penman deftly makes the mesh work. Her writing is faultless, deftly interweaving the threads of the various story lines into a glowing, living tapestry. This is storytelling at its finest.


Books by Sharon Kay Penman

Start your review of Here Be Dragons Welsh Princes, 1 Write a review Shelves: fiction-historical , physical-own , event-met-author , region-europe , , lawyers-turned-authors I used to have a rule: You will read at least 50 pages before you decide to quit a book. Then a few years ago, I vowed to completely finish every book I start. The unintended consequence of this stricter policy is that my currently-reading shelf exploded. I am up to 13 books most of which I lost interest in a few months or even a year ago, but feel pressure to pick back up. Honestly, looking at that shelf fills me with dread. Just when I was considering reverting to my fifty-pages rule, along I used to have a rule: You will read at least 50 pages before you decide to quit a book. I am up to 13 books — most of which I lost interest in a few months or even a year ago, but feel pressure to pick back up.


Sharon Kay Penman

The Land Beyond the Sea Beschreibung bei Amazon Sharon Kay Penman is one of the famous American novelists who loves to write her novels based on the historical fiction genre. Most of the novels written by her revolve around the Welsh and English royalty and are set during the Middle Ages in England, France and Wales. She is well known to do a lot of research work before writing her novels, which can be seen easily in the quality of her novel writings, such as the events, characterizations, various settings, etc. Author Sharon Kay Penman began her writing career in the year when her first novel was published. Just after completing her academic studies, Penman began to work as a tax lawyer, before going to become a full time author.


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