Shadow on the Crown

Shadow on the CrownA 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. Shadow 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 Queen 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 she did that I really liked who Bracewell chose to portray Elfgiva sp , and I think I know who she ends up with in her later years, but I didn t read online too much to avoid spoiling myself Shadow on the Crown ends when Emma gives birth to her first child, Edward later to be known as Edward
Sadly, 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 chapters viewpoints 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 medium and supplements this with an added intrigue and raw storytelling The reader feels the story come alive with an ominous foreboding in a positive way which keeps pages turning Although Shadow on the Crown portrays many characters, each has his her own personality and voice with ample development and without excessively predictable personalities Bracewell allows the reader to peel layers and facets concerning each character With each chapter s progression, Shadow on the Crown becomes compelling and harder to put down This
On 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 Normandy.Thirty 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 throne.Though 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 combina
Where I got the book purchased at a conference Signed I know Pat Bracewell from the conference circuit and Facebook.This 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 queens 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 dangerous, there was a REASON for it, and she built up both characters well enough that their actions were believable I m so tired of HF heroines being given flimsy excuses to jump on a horse and ride around the countryside whenever the author realizes there s not enough action.Elgiva s a nicely three dimensional counterpart to Emma, although I did find myself wishing they didn t both have names beginning with an E because I tended to mix them up a bit I wasn t too crazy
I 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, A.D 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 ages.Within that circlet of gold the ambitions of four powerful men are about to collide, for this young queen is the key to all that they desire.To 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 theling of England she is a temptation to forbidden passion.Her name is Emma and she will change the course of history Doesn t that make you want to read it When King thelred II of England s wife dies giving birth to their eleventh child, which also dies, he has two options to consider for remarrying Lady Elgiva of Mercia, a voluptuous sixteen year old who hungers for power and is the wealthiest woman in England, but as the daughter of ealdorman lfhelm of Northumbria, marrying her who gives
My rating 4.5 of 5 starsA copy of Shadow on the Crown was provided to me by Viking Adult Netgalley 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 see you like this, Emma Do you hear me However great the provocation you must never allow anyone to see your fear I m a huge fan of historical fiction novels but to be honest, I don t branch out enough outside of my comfortable safe zone known as the Tudor time period This one caught my eye primarily because it is still set in England, however, it s in a very, very early England After this one, I do believe I have learned my lesson and I need to take chances with my historical fiction picks Shadow on the Crown was superbly done Their destinies were like two rivers that flowed ever in the same direction, within sight of each other but never meant to meet, to touch, to join as one What worked incredibly well was the evidence of research that was done in preparation for this novel The author has stated that Shadow on the Crown is based on real events recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, but it s evident the author has the ability to take pieces of history and create a truly stirring story Also, I really appreciate
As 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 quite a good number of them I am not entirely sure this is one of them.Let 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 expectancy for that time was around 23 25 So by 20 you really were approaching the end of your days But this is why it threw me off to have a 35 year old king who keeps being described as so young and having a lot of years left in front of him Really By normal standards for the time period he s positively mummified But let s call that creative license and move on, alright On her own, Emma started off as a great main character She recognizes that typically women in her position are little about the station of cattle But she is determined to go into the role
Spectacular book Review to come Enjoyed 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 fiction In 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 mother Wow, 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, when needed, are all included within the storyline itself No long tedious passages of who did what to whom fifty years ago, unless it s relevant to what is going on Emma is surprised when her mother arranges this marriage as she has an older sister who should be the next to marry, but Emma has been chosen as she is the stronger sister, both physically and emotionally She goes to marry the king knowing full well what is expected of her, which the author goes into in detail, not
Shadow on the Crown is the first book in the Emma of Normandy trilogy by Patricia Bracewell Emma is a young woman who is forced to marry King Aethelred of England She is married off to him as so many medieval women were married because her family wanted to form an alliance The king isn t all too happy to being married to Emma and is very suspicious of her true motives This book is a great opening to a trilogy about a woman that I knew little about before I opened this book This book is a great kick off to the trilogy We are introduced to many different characters Our main character, Emma, is a really interesting character because as a medieval woman she really doesn t have much control over her own destiny However, that she is incredibly strong and incredibly good at doing well with what she has I really like getting to know her as a character We get to follow her as she is a new bride and as her relationship with the King begins to change We get to see her secret love and are privy to some of the things that she keeps hidden from most others The author writes her in such a vivid w

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  • 378 pages
  • Shadow on the Crown
  • Patricia Bracewell
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 9781101606193