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Owl at Midnight

– a story of Gwenllian 

the lost Princess of Wales



Patricia Lennan

ISBN: 978-0-9935078-3-0



Waterstones, Llandudno

Thursday November 16th 2017

5 – 6.30pm




gwenllianThe story of the story

When some years ago Patricia visited her uncle’s house at Abergwyngregyn and discovered that this was where the last native Princess of Wales was born, she was intrigued!



Shortly after Gwenllian was born, her father, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, and her uncle, Dafydd, were cruelly killed by King Edward’s men, and her boy cousins, Llywelyn and Owain were incarcerated in prison for their remaining days.


But the Norman king was determined be rid of any heir to the Welsh Principality, even a baby girl was a threat, and so he hunted down the infant Gwenllian and hid her away in a convent at Sempringham, Lincolnshire.


It is recorded that Gwenllian’s keep was paid for by the King, but she was renamed when entering the convent and it is likely that she never knew who she really was.


The book

These are the bare bones of Gwenllian’s story from which Patricia has brought to life a young woman schooled in the ways of a 13th century Gilbertine Abbey but pushing at the boundaries and questioning the rules that confine her.


Outside the convent tumultuous events are taking place and hopes rise to restore the Principality of Wales …  Of course, you’ll need to read the story to find out what happens!

If you like historical fiction you will love this book. It is well researched, with wonderful detail that captures the daily life of people during the iron rule of Edward Longshanks, King of England and ruler of a reluctant Wales.


In Patricia’s words

‘Wales has a reputation for being a land of myths and legends. She harbours magic in the hollows and hills, in secret places, the rivers and valleys echo with ancient tales. I invite you to step into the living history and share an adventure.’


Coming to the book launch?
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Would like to pre-order a copy of the book?
A link will be put here in the next couple of days. 

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