• Shadow on the Crown
  • Shadow on the Crown
ISBN: 0143124358
EAN13: 9780143124351
Language: English
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   One of England’s first queens comes to life
Based on the few facts known about the dawn of England's monarchy, a young Emma is elevated to queen ship after marrying a much older, fear- ridden king. She gave birth to a baby that will be the next king despite her husband's grown sons. For a good read, the era comes to life.
 
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   Exceptional historical fiction of a lesser know time
The young Emma of Normandy becomes the Queen of England. The angling, the treachery, the quest for power, all drive this tightly woven storyline. Few characters are one- dimensional. The author's writing style is what I like the most. She is a master of period writing and doesn't overplay to the extend. The research is excellent. Most of what you read happened because of the author's notes at the end. It's even more fun because of that. If you like Shadow on the Crown, there are two more books to read. You don't need to read all three to enjoy a satisfying finish to this book.
 
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   Intriguing!
The life of Queen Emma was well written. A plausible, interesting, and exciting story with well developed characters has been created by Bracewell. I think her setting in ninth century England is well researched. I apologize when the story ended. I' ll be happy to read book two.
 
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   Based on the life of an actual historical figure
The life of Emma of Normandy before her marriage to King Athelred of England is depicted in this book. It was a time of unrest and threats from the Danes, as well as neighboring areas viying for territory, during this time. Marriages were made for money and alliances. An excellent story of love, duty, and loyalties is what it is about.
 
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   A Formidable Survivor
I have read a lot of Emma of Normandy this year as a secondary character. I was very happy to find this story with Emma as the main personality. As little is known about Emma during her early years we are at the mercy of the author's interpretation. The author admits at the end of the novel that she could not resist imagining a small affair between Emma and the son of her husband. I wish she wouldn't have taken it. The padding was out of place and out of character. It was disappointing and disrespectful to the memory of a lady.
 
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   The First of the Emma Trilogy
The first book in a trilogy about Emma, Queen of Great Britain, was written during the time before the Danes. Young royal women were used as political barter to secure kingdoms during the Middle Ages. I found it interesting that Emma was traded by her powerful brother for land and security to various kings, and I found another book that focused on her sisters, who were also traded by their brother for land and security. A minor character in another book is more fully realized in this one. People, get this straight. This is not what happened. It's not true. It is enjoyable. Have a great time! !
 
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   1/2 Book!
I am tired of buying a book that is only half a book. If you want to finish Shadow on the Crown, you have to buy book 2 because it ends in the middle of the story. The ploy to make more money isn't working.
 
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