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The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet (1977)

af Edith Pargeter

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A Burning Desire for One Country, One Love, and One Legacy That Will Last Forever.Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers-Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David-vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall...Originally published in England as four individual novels, The Brothers of Gwynedd transports you to a world of chivalry, gallant heroes, and imprisoned damsels; to star-crossed lovers and glorious battle scenes; and is Edith Pargeter's absorbing tale of tragedy, traitors, and triumph of the heart. "A lively evocation of life on the Welsh borders in the Middle Ages, coupled with an ingenious plot, and the whole narrated with elegant crispness." -The Times L iterary Supplement"Strong in atmosphere and plot, grim and yet hopeful...carved in weathered stone rather than in the sands of current fashion." -Daily Telegraph"A richly textured tapestry of medieval Wales." -Sunday Telegraph"Those who fancy historical fiction with an emphasis on the history will savor this convincing tale." -Publishers Weekly… (mere)
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I finally gave up on this one after getting almost half way through it. It's ponderously written, and with endless somewhat pointless dry passages. I love historical fiction, and this time period is fascinating, so I wanted to like this, but in the end decided to move on to something more enjoyable. ( )
  loretteirene | Dec 17, 2020 |
Excellent historical fiction! I've been reading Sharon Kay Penman's books of the same period and find Ms. Pargeter's books just as good with less violence, so I am able to recommend it to my wife. ( )
  rodweston | Apr 23, 2020 |
Four parts originally publ. separately (1974-1977) ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Four books all bound in one volume:

Sunrise in the West: It read more like a history than an historical novel but there was plenty of history to get through to start to tell the story of the princely families of Wales in the 1200s, a history that I really know very little about. It is still well-written and makes it all come alive and I'm looking forward to the remaining three books.

The Dragon at Noonday: This was a bit more of a slog for me, alot of it was politics and battles. I had trouble following the geography of England and Wales that I don't know very well and I did stop keeping track of which noble family was on which side. However, it is still a compelling story with interesting, slightly larger-than-life, characters and I look forward to what happens in the next two books. And I am keeping myself from doing a spot read on the history of independent Wales!

The Hounds of Sunset: I am getting more accustomed to and appreciating her use of the characters to tell the history and I'm getting crammed packed with history! I thought at the end of the last book that the enigma that is David would prove tragic and it did, very much so. He is a tough character to understand, the narrator constantly says he both loves him and does not know him at all. Once again, it was politics and battles but also alot of character-driven drama and well done. Although there was tragedy in this one, it did end on a slightly optimistic note so I am very interested in how it finally ends with the final novel of the four.

Afterglow and Nightfall: A tragic story, made the more so by lots of heavy foreshadowing of tragic events. It starts with an uneasy peace between Edward and Llewlelyn but it soon becomes clear that Edward means to destry any independent Wales. Then the ever hard to understand David kicks it all into war and the quite foreseeable and tragic ending. After I finished, I read some history and it seems she did stick to the known facts and then created characters to make the story. She did a marvelous job of it, a good series of novels and worth reading.
  amyem58 | Aug 26, 2018 |
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. ( )
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A Burning Desire for One Country, One Love, and One Legacy That Will Last Forever.Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers-Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David-vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall...Originally published in England as four individual novels, The Brothers of Gwynedd transports you to a world of chivalry, gallant heroes, and imprisoned damsels; to star-crossed lovers and glorious battle scenes; and is Edith Pargeter's absorbing tale of tragedy, traitors, and triumph of the heart. "A lively evocation of life on the Welsh borders in the Middle Ages, coupled with an ingenious plot, and the whole narrated with elegant crispness." -The Times L iterary Supplement"Strong in atmosphere and plot, grim and yet hopeful...carved in weathered stone rather than in the sands of current fashion." -Daily Telegraph"A richly textured tapestry of medieval Wales." -Sunday Telegraph"Those who fancy historical fiction with an emphasis on the history will savor this convincing tale." -Publishers Weekly

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