Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John is the second book in the Stories of Medieval Gower, but chronologically the first, being set a century before Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth.
William de Breos (or de Braose), 4th Lord of Bramber, served King Henry II and King Richard, but really came to prominence under King John. He was a close confidant of the king and was rewarded with many lands, including the lordship of Gower in south Wales, a strategically important estate in the Norman Marcher territories.
King John came to fear his power, and when his wife revealed John's greatest secret John turned on William and treated him and his family very cruelly. They fled, William dying in France, his wife and eldest son captured and starved to death by John, and his grandsons imprisoned.
William's sons and grandson turned to Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd to help them regain their lands. The fall of the de Breos family was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta and led to the offer of the English crown to the prince of France.
Like Alina, the book is illustrated with beautiful line drawings by the talented illustrator Carrie Francis. It was published in print and ebook in September 2013.
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