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 unstable and brutal. For centuries, history regarded him as a bad king, yet history also tells us he was intent on bringing a measure of justice to his realm.
Here Be Dragons is also the story of Llewelyn the Great of Wales. At 14, he began a civil war; by 21, he held all North Wales. He was John’s vassal — and most bitter enemy. 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.
And, at its heart, Here Be Dragons is the story of Joanna: daughter to one, wife to the other. Bastard-born, hidden from her father until her embittered mother’s death, then brought, a bewildered five-year-old, to John’s court. Joanna was trapped in the crossfire of their implacable enmity.
Here Be Dragons will not disappoint Sharon Penman’s loyal following.