- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (17 Aug. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747232679
- ISBN-13: 978-0747232674
- Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.9 x 5.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet Paperback – 17 Aug 1989
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A richly textured tapestry of medieval Wales (Sunday Telegraph)
Strong in atmosphere and plot, grim and yet hopeful...carved in weathered stone rather than in the sands of current fashion (Daily Telegraph)
From the bestselling author of the Brother Cadfael Chronicles, a medieval epic of Llewelyn, the first true Prince of Wales.See all Product Description
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Please read this book!!!!
My only small complaint would be that it sometimes got bogged down in to much detail, but that's easy to skip over.
All and all a very wonderful read, the story will weave a spell around your life for awhile. A book to get lost in!
Other reviewers clearly didn't mind this, but for me this was a major drawback, especially is such a large quartet. In the end it was just too distancing, especially when the same story has been told so much better, in my opinion, by another author.
The brothers of Gwynedd contains all four of the Welsh novels of Edith Pargeter: Sunrise in the west, The dragon at midday, The hounds of sunset, and Afterglow and nightfall. It is the story of Llewelyn, the one, true and only Prince of Wales along with his interactions with his three brothers. The story is seen through the eyes of Llewelyn’s confidante Samson, born on the same day as the Prince. Through intrigue and battle, Llewelyn is seen as a truly majestic and tragic figure, and, by novel 4 and knowing what will happen, one still hopes that Llewelyn and Wales will succeed and that his brother David will not yet betray him again. Pargeter is sympathetic to the Prince even though he is listed as a rebel and traitor in most of the internet sources I checked to gain a better background for Welsh history. But the truth is that the victors write history and Edward Plantagenet won.
The four novels are dense reading in very small print with a scholarly style and in a period of history that is unfamiliar to most modern readers. The sections on Welsh law and the treaties and court battles were difficult reading. There is no map of Wales included and one is definitely needed to track the unfamiliar place names. It’s hard to figure out who Pargeter is talking about since the names are similar. (King Henry's wife, sister, son's wife and niece are all named Eleanor!) And it was really difficult to keep track of all the various characters so a who’s who list would have been helpful. There was a very short glossary of Welsh terms.Read more ›
A great read and well written and highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't finish even the first part. As i know the story (history), I found the writing tedious and the characters uninteresting.Published 1 month ago by clara2201
Amazing book A spectacular story &what a life they all led, Edith Pargeter has done an fantastic job, the way she writes and captures peoples characters and personalities is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by amacrob
Another excellently researched and written book from this internationally acclaimed author, I did however find it a little ponderous in places though but would still recommend it.Published 23 months ago by Mrs. Alison Standring
A very scholarly and readable account of the turbulent time in Wales. Brilliant characterisations! A thoroughly enjoyable read and great insight into the period.Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by Elizabeth Davis
Edith Pargeter's novel, The Brothers of Gwynedd is comprised of four stories: Sunrise in the West, The Dragon at Noonday, The Hounds of Sunset and Afterglow and Nightfall. Read morePublished on 18 May 2010 by Amy M. Bruno
The condition that this book was sent and received in was disgusting. If I had known this before hand I would not have even paid the postage. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by J. Butler