Shadow on the Crown
A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queenIn 1002, fifteen-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court,... show more
A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queenIn 1002, fifteen-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.
Publish date: February 7th 2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Emma of Normandy is just a child really when her brother sends her across the sea to marry a man she has never met. This formidable man is the King of England, and it is Emma's job to make sure that peace is kept between her brothers country and her husbands. As she arrives, she is met with distain,...
The story covers only a brief part of Emma's life, and that a part which cannot be confirmed in the historical record. Emma is the second daughter, not the oldest, who should have been sent to the king. She's the second wife to this king and he really isn't terribly happy with her, partly because sh...
Brilliant. Just brilliant. The beautifully described settings transport the reader to Saxon England. The complex and skillfully developed characters become friends . . . or enemies. Scenes of drama, love, and suspense are interspersed with quotes from historical texts, showing how and where the auth...
I did not want to put this book away. It’s that simple. My little laptop was my best buddy with this audiobook playing. It accompanied me on all my house chores, while I knitted, even while I showered. I know. I have an addiction, but we aren’t here to talk about that; we are here to talk about this...
The first in a trilogy of novels centering around Emma of Normandy, queen of two kings of England and mother of Edward the Confessor, this is not a pretty tale of the parties in an arranged marriage finding love. It seems pretty well agreed that Emma's first husband, Æthelred the Unready (I've heard...