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Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr [Kindle Edition]

N. Gemini Sasson
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Please note: The Kindle Countdown for this book had to be rescheduled. It will be available at a reduced price beginning on June 21st.

The story of Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh Prince of Wales.

In the year 1399, Welsh nobleman Owain Glyndwr is living out a peaceful gentleman's life in the Dee Valley of Wales with his wife Margaret and their eleven children. But when Henry of Bolingbroke usurps the throne of England from his cousin Richard II, that tranquility is forever shattered. What starts as a feud with a neighboring English lord over a strip of land evolves into something greater--a fight for the very independence of Wales.

After a harrowing encounter on the misty slopes of Cadair Idris, the English knight Harry Hotspur offers Owain a pact he cannot resist.

Peace, however, comes with a heavy price. As tragedies mount and temptations loom, Owain questions whether he can fulfill the prophecies and lead his people to freedom without destroying those around him.

For centuries, the bards have sung of King Arthur's return, but is this reluctant warrior prince the answer to those prophecies?
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Other books by N. Gemini Sasson:
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)
Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer
The King Must Die, Murder and revenge in the time of Edward III

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cader Idris Press (4 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A27A1UA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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N. Gemini Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in Historical Fiction). Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

If you'd like to learn more about N. Gemini Sasson's books or how to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter or via her blog, just go to www.ngeminisasson.com.

Books by N. Gemini Sasson:
- In the Time of Kings (Time Travel Romance/Adventure, set in medieval Scotland) -
***Release date Sept. 14, 2013***
- The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
- Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
- The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)
- Isabeau: A Novel of Queen ISabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (The Isabella Books)
- The King Must Die: Murder and revenge in the time of Edward III (The Isabella Books)
- Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Storytelling 7 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A long time fan of author N. Gemini Sasson, I was eager to read this, her latest novel. I expected to be dazzled with great story telling, and I truly was.
Known as the last true Welsh prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, dedicated his entire life in trying to secure Wale's freedom from English rule. A man of honor, greatly respected, and with the heart of a lion, Owain lives a happy life surrounded by his wife and children. As turmoil with the English increases, Owain soon finds himself torn away from his beloved family, leading a rebellion, and ultimately being adorned with a crown proclaiming him prince.
The author does an outstanding job of showing us not only Owain's finest qualities, but also his many faults, and it is this that made Owain seem real to me, for no one in this world is perfect. It is a testament to N. Gemini's talents as a writer that Owain truly comes alive while reading this book. What I was also more than impressed with was the fact that historical fact and complicated politics are skillfully presented in simple, easy to understand prose. The author leaves no stone unturned and does not shy away from writing detailed love scenes, battles, executions, and daily hardships faced by people in turbulent eras. Highly researched and meticulously written, The Uneasy Crown is a brilliant novel about a poignant hero and the sacrifices he made to fight for his country. If you've never read one of N. Gemini Sasson's novels, then definitely make this your first one. And if you've read her other books, know that this one is just as satisfying and brilliant as her others.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 14 Jan 2013
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As ever, Ms Sasson approaches her historical subject with knowledge and skill. The characters drawn from real life leap from the page and the story is compelling. The MC is well characterised and the writing keeps you glued to the e-page or page.
So a shift from Scotland to Wales and the underdog fights back. This book is really good as are all of Ms Sasson's stories. I'll bet you read the rest too!
Thoroughly recommended - Historical Fiction at it's best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read! 6 Mar 2013
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This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Pacy, easy reading,action packed yet all the characters really came to life. once started, I couldn't put it down and was mad when I finished it! Because of this read, I have ordered other boks by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars history lesson 12 Feb 2013
By chasm63
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just read this and found it really interesting not often you get to read about welsh history will now take more interest in this subject
well written and good characters and plot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's 1399, the era of Owain Glyndwr. Acclaimed as the last true Welsh Prince of Wales, Ms Sasson delves into the life of this reluctant warrior prince, for he was in reality more inclined to diplomacy than resort to battle in the settling of disputes. The overall plot of this novel is pretty much as history and myth and legend would have us believe about Glyndwr and his loyalty to Richard II, but when history and myth converge important factors of Glyndwr are often lost in the telling. He didn't hate the English, he became learned in law at the Inns of Court, and he married an Englishwoman. What he chose to uphold was right from wrong, and thus always fought for right against wrong, and in many respects Henry Bolingbroke (self-imposed king) was a wrong `n and a betrayer of good and honest men.

While Ms Sasson treads the historical line and smudges it with myth and legend, a bit of poet licence sneaks in to spice up Glyndwr's private (sexual) life: but for why? Beautifully written and evoking sense of time and place, the telling of a fictional mistress and her hold upon Glyndwr (to this reader) seemed wholly unnecessary, and rather stole the shine from Glyndwr's fight for right against wrongs. Glyndwr was evidently a charismatic individual and man of conscience, or he wouldn't have given a damn as to who wore the crown of England. Unfortunately, where Richard II was friend, Henry Bolingbroke was foe: not only to Glyndwr but to Wales, as well. Nonetheless, Ms Sasson has written a fair account of Glyndwr's known activities of merit, provided a rough outline of his birthright and presented a graphically descriptive sense of his marital abode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh History 8 Oct 2013
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This man will always be a hero in the eyes of true Welsh people but please do not let this put you off what is a really good novel, it is not tied down with politics of the time and I'm sure there is a book there about Owain Glyndwr, I think that would be called a history book.This shows one man's struggle to please his own people and the burden that puts on his own family life and his struggle and devotion to achieve a goal of independence from English rulers in his people's country. Good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 Jun 2013
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Worth a read if you enjoy British history and want to know about Welsh heroes. Ranks amongst the best historical novels I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read for a long time. 18 Jun 2013
By R S D
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It may have some historical inaccuracies but this story, based on the life and struggles of the last true Prince of Wales,
is both believable and thoroughly readable. RD
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars history made easy.
I'd heard of Owain Glyndowr but had no idea when h e lived or anything other than he fought for a free Wales.
This book taught me about a new period in history. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Stan
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Not a bad read but historically inaccurate which really made me angry. Richard 'll was NOT last Plantagenent king dying in tower of London 1400. Chapter 13. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Forsyth
4.0 out of 5 stars Bolingbroke - the aftermath
Sasson is a good author, I like her work, although she romanticises her male characters over-much. Personally, I see things from a female point of view and tend to be less... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Forrest
2.0 out of 5 stars silly
I found the descriptions of life in those times unbelieveable, trite and over sentimentalised.
It was too like a MIlls & Boon for my tastes and I gave up after the fourth... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Corven
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
A good read but I thought it did not flow as well as some authors such as Sharon Penman or Phillipa Gregory
Published 5 months ago by Anisah Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read
Owain Glyndwr wasn't a man I knew much about, except for being told that he was a Welsh rebel. I feel that I have a better understanding of the man and what he was fighting for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. G. A. Chesney-Green
5.0 out of 5 stars a great historical tale
I'd never heard of owain glyndwr from any history taught at school, I guess it's because he almost defeated the English king that his story has been pushed aside and hidden for so... Read more
Published 7 months ago by EllieH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical writing
N Gemini Sasson has captured the "feel" of this time period. The plot flows and the characters are authentic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jan bayliss
1.0 out of 5 stars Falls between two stools
Neither a romance or a boys only book. Misses out on description both in the characters and their environment. All this means is it fails to get you involved at every level.
Published 9 months ago by sk reeves
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