Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

The Welsh trilogy

User avatar
diamondlil
Bibliomaniac

The Welsh trilogy

Postby diamondlil » Tue August 26th, 2008, 10:35 am

The Welsh trilogy features the books Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning.

User avatar
Rowan
Bibliophile
Interest in HF: I love history, but it's boring in school. Historical fiction brings it alive for me.
Preferred HF: Iron-Age Britain, Roman Britain, Medieval Britain
Location: New Orleans
Contact:

Postby Rowan » Tue August 26th, 2008, 3:56 pm

You know, before I joined HF, I never thought of Wales as being anywhere to really visit, but after reading SKP, I want to visit there as much as anywhere else in the UK.

I'm adding those to my TBR list.
Last edited by Rowan on Tue August 26th, 2008, 3:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Added another thought.

User avatar
Margaret
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
Contact:

Postby Margaret » Tue August 26th, 2008, 4:22 pm

I visited Wales in the 1990s. We should have budgeted more time there, because we weren't able to do everything we wanted to do. Wandering around Anglesey Island was fun - I remember a small burial chamber we could go inside (bones all long gone), and there was a nice view of the mountains on the mainland. People very friendly. Cardiff was also fun. I ate laver bread (fried seaweed sandwiches) - very tasty!
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

User avatar
nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Welsh Triology

Postby nona » Fri September 5th, 2008, 5:24 pm

I finished SKP Welsh triology earlier today, she really has a way of drawing you into the story. With Here Be Dragons I found I wanted to hate the English and felt Joanna's and Llwellyns turmoil and happiness (didn't understand why she cheated & still don't). I admitt I cried a little when I read the end in Falls the Shadows, and the Reckoning was just as emotional. Definately three of my most favorites. I'm looking to buy all three in hardcover for my little private library, that way I can have a two copies of each.

User avatar
Tanzanite
Bibliophile
Location: Northern Virginia
Contact:

Postby Tanzanite » Fri September 5th, 2008, 11:40 pm

Here Be Dragons is one of my favorite books and I think the best of Penman's works.

Ash
Bibliomaniac
Location: Arizona, USA

Postby Ash » Sat September 6th, 2008, 2:10 am

>(didn't understand why she cheated & still don't).

She felt guilty that her father killed the hostages and wasn't he related to them? The whole book is an emotional tug and pull between her feelings for King John and Llewyllen, both of whom she loved. So I wasn't surprised by it, esp as I think Penman shows it as him instigating it.

User avatar
LCW
Compulsive Reader
Location: Southern California

Postby LCW » Sat September 6th, 2008, 4:16 am

That was what I got from it too, Ash. HBD is one of my favorite books! Loved it!

But I have to say I bawled my eyes out more in Falls the Shadow than any other book I think. The Reckoning was great but I didn't shed one tear. Weird!
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. --Arnold Lobel

User avatar
nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sat September 6th, 2008, 7:53 pm

no I knew she felt guilty for what John did but I would never sleep with him because of the relationship to the victims and my guilty feelings, to me if you love your spouse then you would not cheat under any circumstance, never in my life would I sleep with another man then my husband. I believe she got bored with her husband and he whooed her but I don't understand why she acted on it, does that make sense?

User avatar
EC2
Bibliomaniac
Location: Nottingham UK
Contact:

Postby EC2 » Sat September 6th, 2008, 8:10 pm

"nona" wrote:no I knew she felt guilty for what John did but I would never sleep with him because of the relationship to the victims and my guilty feelings, to me if you love your spouse then you would not cheat under any circumstance, never in my life would I sleep with another man then my husband. I believe she got bored with her husband and he whooed her but I don't understand why she acted on it, does that make sense?


Yes, it makes sense to me Nona. I can agree with the way SKP portrays it because it's perfectly feasible that it might have been like that in Joanna's head. Was it really like that in history? Was it really such a great love match between her and Llewelyn? I'd like to think so - I guess a lot of us would, but we'll never know.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

User avatar
nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sat September 6th, 2008, 8:25 pm

when I got to that part in the book I found myself wondering if it was such a match, I guess they loved one another but under the pressure it cracked a little as some relationship do, at least they found it within themselves to move on ad find peace afterward.


Return to “Sharon Penman”