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Shadow on the Crown[PDF] Shadow on the Crown Author Patricia Bracewell Connecfloor.co.uk A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval ueen In 1002 fifteen year old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England whom she A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval ueen In fifteen year old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much old.

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REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Ó [PDF] ✑ Shadow on the Crown Author Patricia Bracewell – Connecfloor.co.uk A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval ueen In 1002 fifteen year old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England whom she A rich tale of power and forbidden love rAl 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 uest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.

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  • Misfit

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownShadow on the Crown is the first in a trilogy based on the life of Emma of Normandy I'm feeling lazy today and other reviewers here have recapped everything nicely so I'll pass on another rehash I thought this was a solid effort from a first time writer and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series Having read Helen Hollick's The Forever ueen also published as A Hollow Crown I was already familiar with the basics of Emma's life but since there are so many gaps in the historical records it was fun to have another author's take on the what if parts and a huge thumbs up to the author's notes at the end letting the reader know when s


  • Orsolya

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownSadly most people even Anglophiles are less versed with the Anglo Saxon and Norman periods of English rule Some may have heard of Emma of Normandy but only because she is the mother of Edward the Confessor Patricia Bracewell attempts to remedy Emma’s silence in “Shadow on the Crown”“Shadow on the Crown” begins in a slightly overwhelming manner as a surplus of characters are introduced within alternating chaptersviewpoints making it somewhat difficult to immediately feel a connection or grasp to the story However this settles with novel progression and becomes welcoming Bracewell also shows some inconsistency only initially with an almost forced attempt to be overly literary and descriptive but she finds a happy


  • Jill

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownOn Christmas morning 1001AD King Aethelred of England's wife dies giving birth to their twelfth child As king he must find a second wife Seeing an opportunity to strengthen his borders and make an alliance with Normandy he agrees to a marriage with Emma the sixteen year old sister to the Duke of NormandyThirty five year old Aethelred is cruel unpredictable and haunted He treats Emma as little than his broodmare and fails to see the intelligent and clever woman she is and the asset she could be to his throneThough based on historical facts Patricia Bracewell has taken liberties with some of the story There are a lot of names characters relationships to contend with in the beginning But stick with it this historical fiction is well worth reading This era in English history is under utilised in historical fiction A deft combination of court intrigue historical fact entertaining fiction a


  • Jane

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownWhere I got the book purchased at a conference Signed I know Pat Bracewell from the conference circuit and FacebookThis was my one buy at the 2013 Historical Novel Society conference because I'd read good things about it on Goodreads I wasn't disappointed I don't generally like kings and ueens historical fiction but I enjoyed this account of Emma of Normandy's marriage to the king known in modern times as Ethelred the Unready Possibly because OH THANK HEAVEN it was written in third person past tense so instead of limiting itself to Emma's immediate viewpoint it brought in events that happened outside the limited women's domain of home and hearth Also when Bracewell had Emma or her nemesis Elgiva do something adventurous or d


  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownI'm going to have to start this review with the publisher's summary simply because it's a really good one and does the job so much better than I would be able to England AD 1002In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword a fifteen year old girl kneels to receive an English crown – an act that will echo down the agesWithin that circlet of gold the ambitions of four powerful men are about to collide for this young ueen is the key to all that they desireTo a calculating Norman duke she is a blood tie to the wealthiest monarchy in Europe To a haunted English king she is a guarantee of allies against a fierce and brutal enemy To Denmark’s Viking ruler she is a prize worth ten times her weight in silver To a young ætheling of England she is a temptation to forbidden passionHer name is Emma and she will change the course of history Doesn't that make you want to read itWhen King Æthelred II of England's wife dies giving


  • Stefani

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownAs I sit down to write this review I find myself conflicted Part of this book was very interesting to me and I enjoyed it But there were things that I just didn’t like and couldn’t look past which affected my overall enjoyment of the book I can’t call myself an expert on historical fiction but I have read my fair share and enjoyed uite a good number of them I am not entirely sure this is one of themLet me begin with Emma Emma starts this story at the age of 15 She is sent by her brother Richard Duke of Normandy to marry the much older King of England Athelred he’s 35 by the way Now I recognize that this was normal behavior for the time period Girls were commonly married around 13 15 years old and were considered old maids by the time they reached 20 Historically there was a good reason for this The average life ex


  • Bonnie

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownMy rating 45 of 5 starsA copy of Shadow on the Crown was provided to me by Viking AdultNetgalley for review purposes You must ever be prepared within yourself to face what trials may lay in store for you let this be your first lesson No one else must se


  • Amy Bruno

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownSpectacular book Review to come


  • Jaksen

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownEnjoyed this book immensely I had previously read the second book in this trilogy But I would not advise reading any series backwards especially history or historical fictionIn this the first of three books about Emma of Normandy Emma marries Aethelred the king of England in order to solidify a relationship between England and Normandy Emma's brother Richard Duke of Normandy gains an alliance with a king who controls a vast area of England; Aethelred gets a promise that Richard will keep the Vikings somewhat under control Richard already has a pact with the Danes and is related to them through his Danish motherWow there is a lot of background to understand names to learn places to get accustomed to but it's all well worth it And Bracewell is great at NOT info dumping Events people places backstories w


  • Erin

    REVIEW Shadow on the Crown 107 Shadow on the CrownFind this and other reviews at Bracewell's Shadow on the Crown marked my first encounter with Emma of Normandy The historic record is sketchy at best so it isn't as if there's a lot of information for those looking to learn about her but even the basics were new to me Naturally this blank slate mentality made it difficult to discern where fact met fiction but it also made reading the book a uniue experience as I was able to really lose myself in the narrative Bracewell's interpretation of Emma is wonderfully dynamic She is passionate