13th Century Medieval Wales and the novels of Sharon Penman
13th Century medieval Wales was a time when the Princes of Gwynedd ruled much of Wales; a time when battle cries rang out as brother fought brother, and the Welsh sought to defend their territory against the English King. Castles rose all over North Wales, together with churches, and the courts and palaces of the Princes. Many of these sites can still be explored and website link provides self-guided driving tours, with a host of historical facts, to appeal to historians, the fans of the novels of Sharon Penman (published by Penguin) and the cultural tourist.
Llewelyn Fawr took the title of Prince of Gwynedd forcibly from his uncles by 1200 and through negotiation and sword tried to unite Wales. Llewelyn succeeded in getting his son, Dafydd, acknowledged Prince of Wales by the lesser Welsh princes but it was Dafydds heir, Llewelyn ap Gruffydd who was recognised as Prince of Wales by Henry III in 1267 under the Treaty of Montgomery. The Welsh Trilogy of novels written by Sharon Penman follows the lives, loves and traumas of the Welsh Princes as they rise and fall from power; find out which castle was Llewelyn Fawrs favourite, the church built to save his pregnant wife from a walk up a steep hill and the home of the Princes from Llewelyn Fawr to his grandson, Llewelyn the Last. The answers to all these questions are available on website link together with self-guided driving tours around the sites referred to in the books and still welcoming visitors today, such as Llewelyns sarcophagus in Llanrwst. Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle, and the fabulous Swallow Falls.