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Madoc ab Owain; prince of Gwynedd and perhaps, brave explorer of the New World.
Born circa 1142 at Dolwyddelan Castle, Madoc 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 Madoc 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 Madoc 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.

Prince Madoc of Wales - Book 1

House Divided

1170, and Gwynedd lies in mourning following the death of Owain, the greatest ruler the North Wales princedom has ever known. Not all grieve though; driven on by his mother, Owain’s not so grieving widow, Prince Dafydd conspires and schemes to position himself for an ambitious power grab, and woe betide any that get in his way.

Separated from his father’s funeral procession as it wends its way through the stunning mountains of Snowdonia, Prince Madoc narrowly survives a seemingly inexplicable ambush. As the great Owain Gwynedd is buried, Madoc unearths evidence of a duplicitous and murderous plot, but Dafydd is one step ahead of him, and it is only thanks to a chance meeting with an old friend and mentor from the Norse city of Dublin that Madoc and his siblings escape with their lives.

Exiled in Dublin, they formulate plans for a triumphant homecoming to restore their father’s chosen heir, Prince Hywel to the throne. It is not all plain sailing though, as a stunning Irish princess, promised to one of the most powerful men in England proves to be a fatal attraction for Madoc’s boisterous half-brother, Cynwrig.

On the Isle of Anglesey, the ancient Druidic capital of Wales, the story reaches its dramatic and heart wrenching climax.

Prince Madoc of Wales - Book 2

Beyond The Great Water

The adventure continues in the second book of the series.

Turning their backs on bitter sibling rivalry and infighting, Prince Madoc and his band of adventurers strike out in search of a distant land far to the west known only in Norse legend and myth.

They encounter an arrogant and dangerous lord, an ambitious bishop, an Irish hating giant psychopath, and a vindictive Icelandic chieftain, all the while being trailed by a deadly Welsh mercenary, as they attempt to make it Beyond The Great Water .

Hear an excerpt from Beyond The Great Water read by the author


Prince Madoc of Wales - Book 3

A World Unknown

Prince Madoc and his companions find themselves in a strange new world. As they travel through new domains they encounter friendly and not so friendly locals, strange fruits, bewildering beasts, hallucinogenic liquors and mighty cities. Suffering tragedies and treachery that test their powers of diplomacy, belief and fighting spirit, they endeavor to find their Cambria Newydd.