Shadow on the Crown

A Novel

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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
February 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.4
MB

Customer Reviews

JennyRLR ,

Couldn’t put it down

The story really swept me up and away and I ended up reading the trilogy in an embarrassingly short amount of time (considering how long each book is) and then wishing for more! I loved how different points of views were presented through the story, mostly from Emma but also the other important characters. I felt I was there and watching it all happen, and the fictitious parts are so plausible I will have a hard time not imagining the history through this story. It is an exciting tale but even more thrilling to me was having this distant time brought to life.

Abolina ,

Great reading

Love historical fiction that really takes you there: the superstitions, intrigue and not in the least, the romance.

D3vc0ch ,

Great read

I couldn't put it down. It was addicting and I loved the use of passages from the Anglo-Saxon chronicles - it made it very real. I can't wait to re-read it.

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