Madog ab Owain; prince of Gwynedd and legend would have it, brave explorer of the New World.Born circa 1142 at Dolwyddelan Castle, Madog was the son of the great Welsh ruler Owain Gwynedd. Illegitimate, as were several of his siblings, under Welsh law of the time, he nevertheless was recognized as a prince.
By all accounts, the young Prince Madog spent his formative years in the Norse city of Dublin, and likely learned the skills of sailing and ship building from his time there.
These were turbulent times though and Madog would have returned to a Gwynedd whose borders were under constant threat from the Norman king, Henry II, from Marcher Lords and from his father’s own brother Cadwaladr.
In 1170, the death of Owain Gwynedd left a power vacuum in the kingdom of Gwynedd, and internal squabbling between several of his sons eventually led to armed conflict.
Disappointed and disillusioned with the events that followed his father’s passing, Madog gathered up some followers and in the footsteps of previous intrepid Norse explorers, set out for a new beginning.
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A 72,000 word, fact based, historical fiction novel. A lusty tale, rich with colorful characters, humor and bawdy adventure. It is the first novel in a series of three which chronicle the adventures of Prince Madog and his companions as they journey to the New World.
As Madog strives to see justice done, he must prevail over treachery and duplicity from those nearest to him, outwit dangerous mercenaries, survive perilous seas, and overcome the interference of powerful Norman Earls.
The story wends its way through the rugged mountains terrain of Snowdonia, across the treacherous Menai Straits to the Norse city of Dublin, itself wracked in conflict, and striving to remain free of expanding Norman influence, before reaching its dramatic climax on the Isle of Anglesey, the ancient Druidic capital of Wales.
Voyage of the DragonThe 2nd in the series; a 64,000 word historical fiction novel based on a legend.
In search of a New World…Prince Madog and his band of adventurers strike out for a new life, away from bitter sibling rivalry and infighting.
On the way they will encounter an arrogant and dangerous lord, an ambitious bishop, an Irish hating giant psychopath, and a vindictive Icelandic chieftain, whilst all the while being trailed by a deadly Welsh mercenary.
Will Prince Madog and his fellow travelers make it to the mystical land far to the west? Can they even make it out of Europe?