THE MIGHTIEST HEART ~ LYNN CULLEN ~ IRISH WOLFHOUND DOG STORY BOOK

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TITLE: THE MIGHTIEST HEART

AUTHOR: Lynn Cullen ILLUSTRATOR: Laurel Long

PUBLICATION DATE: 1998, Ist edition

FORMAT: 32 page large hardback book with dust jacket; exquisite illustrations throughout.

CONDITION: Very good. Dust jacket is complete and undamaged; very clean text block. Almost "as new". No writing, soiling or damage. The illustrations are done in the style of medieval tapestries and are highly atmospheric.

Based on a Welsh Legend, Prince Llywelyn grew up with his faithful wolfhound at his side through every adventure. When the prince marries, his wife is not pleased with Gelert and complains that "He makes my gown stink of hound."

The dog is banished first from the bedroom and then from the nursery when a child is born. One day when Llywelyn finds an empty cradle and a trail of blood, he falsely accuses Gelert of murder and almost kills the animal. The dog has kept the baby safe from a wolf, but because of Llywelyn's lack of trust, he runs away for good. He reappears long enough to give up his life to save Llywelyn from another wolf, and at story's end, the prince's son finds a puppy in the forest that looks suspiciously like Gelert.

To this day, there is a village of Beddgelert (English translation is Gelert's grave) in the Snowdonia region of North Wales.
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