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Review: The Reckoning

The Reckoning (Welsh Princes #3), Sharon K. Penman. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991 (Link is to a different edition).

Summary: Brings to a close the struggles between Wales and England under Edward I, the complicated relationship between brothers Llewellyn and David ab Gruffyd, and tells the story of the women who loved them–a true tale of love and loss. 627 more words

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My Podcast Interview with Medieval Archives, 30 January 2018

Last week I was interviewed by Gary Ekborg, who runs the internationally renowned blog and website Medival Archives. It was good fun and filled with many great questions. 4,129 more words

Review: Falls the Shadow

Falls the Shadow (Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 2)Sharon Kay Penman. New York: Ballantine Books, 1988.

Summary: A historical fiction account of the tense relationship and eventual conflict between incompetent Henry III (and his son Edward I) and Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester and husband of Henry’s sister, as well as the struggle of Llewellyn, eventual Prince of Wales and grandson of Llewellyn the Great to hold and unite Wales against the English. 714 more words

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The Younger Brother & Almost King: Edmund Crouchback

Royal history shows younger sons to be hit or miss. Some of them demonstrate commendable loyalty, but all too often there is resentment over losing the birth order lottery, scrapes with rebellion, ill-advised treks abroad in the hopes of finding glory or private lives that caused embarrassment. 1,275 more words

The House Of Plantagenet

25th December 1950. Stone of Scone.

The Stone of Scone was recovered in Arbroath Abbey in April 1951, after a 107-day hunt after Scottish Nationalist students said they were responsible for its theft claiming they had returned the hefty sandstone slab to the country of origin. 261 more words


11th December 1282. Death of Llywelyn the Last.

Today in 1282 the Battle of Orewin (Irfon) Bridge near Builth Wells saw the defeat of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (or the Last), grandson of Llywelyn (Fawr) the Great and last ruler of Wales before the conquest by Edward I.(1) 310 more words