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Reading Group Guide

1. Discuss the pros and cons of being “the Queens man.”

2. In the beginning of the novel, Justin is momentarily taken

aback by Eleanors command that he seek his much-loathed fathers

assistance, but then he sees the truth. What is that truth?

3. Justin is aptly described as “a natural lone wolf, not happy

hunting with the pack.” Do you think this wolf will ever form his

own pack?

4. Has Justin met the right woman yet? If not, will he ever?

5. If you could plot Justins future, what would it look like?

6. What do you think would have happened in the chapel if Durand

had not been interrupted?

7. Justin recalls being punished as a child for sneaking food to

Bennet and Molly. Why was his kindness met with hostility and

condemnation from the society around him?

8. Molly helps Justin see his father in a whole new light. Has anyone

ever helped you in this way?

9. Justin worries about Piers and his reaction to Molly and Justins

relationship. Do you think his worries are warranted?

10. Justin tells a bereft Angharad that “love can change; it can

even die.” Discuss the vagaries of love.

11. When is virtue not a virtue?

12. What do you think of Emmas use of her feminine wiles to accrue

and wield power?

13. What does Emma mean when she tells John that “a widows

lot is better than a wifes more often than not”?

14. What do you think Davydd would do if he learned of Emmas


15. John and Emma are kin, but their true bond is their thirst for

revenge. Discuss how bitterness has crippled them and imperiled

those around them.

16. Two very different kinds of sibling relationships—Richard and

John versus Bennet and Molly—are represented in this novel. Do

they share any common ground?

17. How do you interpret Johns dream of his absent, imprisoned


18. Eleanors assertion that “all the Welsh are inbred” is a perfect

illustration of the prevailing English attitude toward the Welsh.

What is the cost of Englands cultural and political myopia and imperialism?

19. Other than Justin, which character did you find most compelling?

Least compelling?

20. Are you the kind of reader who must solve a mystery in

advance or do you prefer to let it unfold before you?

21. What historical figure would make for an interesting addition

to your groups discussion of Dragons Lair?

22. How has the group discussion enriched your understanding of

Dragons Lair?

23. What book is your group going to read next? Do you plan to

read the next installment of Justin de Quincys adventures?

Product Details

Penman, Sharon Kay
Ballantine Books
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery & Detective - Series
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
General Fiction
Mystery Historical
mystery;historical fiction;fiction;medieval;england;eleanor of aquitaine;historical mystery;12th century;justin de quincy;wales;historical;richard i;plantagenet;henry ii;middle ages;medieval mystery;fantasy;american
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
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8 x 5.26 x 0.72 in 0.8 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Penman returns with the third in her medieval mystery series set in the reign of Dowager Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her first was an Edgar nominee and her second brought her the Romantic Times award for mystery writing. Her third is her best.
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