72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Tragic, fascinating, historical epic,
By A Customer
This review is from: Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet (Paperback)
Anyone who enjoys historical novels should definitely read this compilation of the Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet. If you are not familiar with the history of thirteenth century Wales prepare yourselves for family rivalry, battles, politics, and tragedy and send you mind back to the past. Written from the viewpoint of an observer closely associated with the royal house of Gwynedd the reader will not only learn from the accurate factual side of the book, but also experience a fantastically good story. I ended up being 100% on the side of the Welsh as you chart their battle to keep their kingdom in tact against the relentless force of the English, but also fight against factions that divide the family itself and the conflict between the major characters. Wales also has what I feel is one of the most tragic love stories as part of its history, and which this book reveals, that between Llywellyn the last prince of Wales and Eleanor of Montfort. Betrothed for many years, she gave up hope of marrying her Welsh prince once her father had been killed, but many years later he summoned her. She set sail from France but was captured by her cousin Edward I who kept her confined and used her as a bargaining tool to get further gains from the Welsh. Finally she was allowed to marry Llywellyn, only to tragically die in childbirth a year or so later. Soon after the Welsh royal family was forced into capitulation by Edward I - so much tragedy!
Please read this book!!!!