Saturday, April 13, 2013

Shadow of the Crown by Patricia Bracewell

This is the story of Emma of Normandy.  She married Æthelred the Unready of England in 1002.  He needed to marry her to get her brother to help protect England from the Danes, who constantly raided the English coast. She was 17 and unprepared for court life but managed well.  Emma was to be the great aunt of William the Conqueror who begat the Tudors.

Photo from wikipedia.

I enjoyed this book. It was an easy story to follow. The characters were well written.   If you like the books by Phillipa Gregory, you will like this one. I read on Facebook that this is to be a trilogy which makes me happy because the story just stopped after the birth of her first child.

Pages: 413

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