The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet, Paperback Book
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Llewelyn's burning vision is of one Wales, united against the threat of the English.

But before he can achieve his dream, he must first tackle enemies nearer home.

All three of his brothers hamper his efforts to create an independent state.

The best-loved of the three, David, brought up throughout his childhood at the English court, restless, charming, torn between loyalties, is fated to be his brother's undoing.

Despite the support of his beloved wife Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution is his own downfall and tragic death...The four novels in the BROTHERS OF GWYNEDD quartet in one volume, including: SUNRISE IN THE WEST THE DRAGON AT NOONDAY THE HOUNDS OF SUNSET AFTERGLOW AND NIGHTFALL


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 832 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780747232674

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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.It took a long time to read these books carefully but it was well worth the time spent. I can recommend these books to anyone who enjoys medieval history as well as those fans of Pargeter’s Brother Cadfael mysteries which she wrote as Ellis Peters.