Shadow on the Crown

Shadow on the Crown

Book - 2013
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"A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen. In 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." -- p [2] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2013
Description: xi, 416 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670026395
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ChristchurchLib Feb 17, 2015

Treachery, forbidden love, and Viking raids fuel this dramatic, atmospheric novel, set in 1002 CE and based on the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Wed to the aged English king Æthelred II, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy, a noblewoman of Danish descent, must win the hearts of her new subjects, despite their distrust of both Normans and Danes. However, for better or worse, one heart is already hers - that of Æthelred's grown son, Athelstan. Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter.

Jun 09, 2013

I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.

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