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read Shadow on the Crown free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download O resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as ueen 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 hu. 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 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 theling 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 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 unprecedented power to the northern lord and thelred is nothing if not extremely paranoid suspicious afraid and completely untrusting His other option is across the Narrow SeaEmma of Normandy is the youngest sister of Duke Richard who rules Normandy a province of France By marrying her thelred or his council of advisors hope that this would give Richard an incentive to close his harbours to the Danes led by Swein Forkbeard who continue to pillage rape and murder along the coast of England ever summer What the English fail to realise is that if Richard refuses the Danes Normandy will suffer the same fateKing thelred is haunted by the spectre of his older half brother King Edward who was murdered when thelred was just a small boy Rumour has it that it was thelred s mother who arranged it so that her son would rule England The shadow of Edward plagues thelred and makes him even unstable a ruler combined with his paranoia and lack of trust and thelred will listen to no one and makes rash and dangerous decisions He has no love for his new young wife Emma and barely even tolerates her For Emma s part she was sent to marry him over her older sister because of her gift of tongues she speaks several languages and her intelligence Her mother a Dane has hope that Emma will be able to forge alliances and subtly guide the king but no one had counted on thelred s unpredictability his rages his deep suspicion of all around him including his own sonsHis eldest son the theling Athelstan is only a couple of years older than Emma Already he carries himself as a leader and offers sage advice to his father advice thelred ignores because he feels threatened by Athelstan He is initially distrustful of his father new Norman bride as well but his plan to get to know her to learn about her brother s plans results in mutual admiration and respect and then love But it is a deeply forbidden love one they must hide and never act upon because it would take little for thelred to set Emma aside since she has yet to bear a childWhen the Danes begin their assault on England s southern coast once the king s uselessness in the face of this dire threat compounds Athelstan s impatience but the words of a seer continue to echo in his head that he will never be king of England To sit back though and let his father practically give England the wealthiest country in Europe at the time to the Danish king Forkbeard is intolerable And walking the fine line between father and son between Forkbeard and England is Emma who realises that she must take the power that is hers by right or everything will be for naughtThe first book in Patricia Bracewell s new trilogy about the life of Emma of Normandy is engrossing and fascinating It s not a time period I know a lot about 1066 the Battle of Hastings which marks the beginning of Norman French rule in England and the subjugation of the Saxons followed by the Welsh is better known and in a way also marks the beginning of my historical knowledge This novel is set between the years 1002 and 1005 actually it begins in December 1001 and combines the early fraught years of Emma s unpleasant marriage to thelred with the truly scary dangers posed by the Danish marauders who pillaged the coast sacking towns and making off with great wealth with which they can build dragon ships raise larger armies and return for I learnt a lot from reading this book While Bracewell s note at the end separates fiction from fact even were it entirely fictional there s still much to learn The details are rich from the clothing they wore the jewellery the daily routine and customs the meanings behind things the politics and economics of the kingdom The England of the 11th century is just as divisive as ever with England divided into Wessex in the south the king s territory East Anglia to the east and Mercier in the centre the map comes in handy To the west is Wales and to the north is Northumbria or Scotland where the population is descended from Vikings There are no scenes in Northumbria Wales or East Anglia though their presence is always felt well not so much Wales which I understand kept to itself until the Normans came The atmosphere too is vibrant and completely took me away from the comfort of my home The unstable king created a tense uncertain and even dangerous world for his people but especially for Emma who was completely at his mercy and often reminded of that fact This thread of danger of threat weaves in and out of the narrative and coupled with the turbulent times the powerful Danish host that wrecked such destruction on the English towns and the overall lack of unity within the king s borders it all serves to keep you on high alert unsure what s coming but always with a feeling that the worst could happen This tension is balanced by scenes between friends and lovers of loyalty and the beauty of the land itself though a lot of the time it s rainingEmma grows and matures a great deal over the course of the novel and the few years it deals with in her young life She was always possessed of a calm and a rational compassionate intelligence but she develops some steel from having to deal with the mercurial thelred driven almost to madness by his guilt over his brother s murder Emma is in a tough unenviable place and the fact that she s often viewed as the enemy only makes her position even precarious There s also Elgiva s jealousy resentment and animosity Emma is the competition and Elgiva who is headstrong ambitious and clever enough to be dangerous is her antithesis in all ways right down to knowing how to use her body as a toolAthelstan too grows much over these years and in him we see the beginnings of a true ruler The only trouble is that he is beaten down and humiliated again and again by his suspicious father and in turn does not know how to mollify or appease the king He is too blunt too honest and forthright and worst of all is that he resembles thelred s dead brother Edward thelred seems to have no love for any of his children and has never taken any interest in any of their lives His first wife was never crowned as ueen she was merely a consort so his children by her have no titles or expectations beyond what thelred gives them He pronounces Athelstan his heir but later retracts that The growing tension between the king s older children and his new wife escalates when she finally has a baby making them threats to each other for the same reasonThe plot is not complicated but it feels intricate because it deals with politics economics superstition and faith This is a well fleshed out world populated by living breathing characters who make you ache make you care make you smile and make you despair Yet it is never heavy or despondent and is I felt free of any presentism I was transported and there was no judgement cast no alteration of the customs to suit contemporary sensibilities or expectations This is a finely crafted novel that tells a heartfelt story about a woman thrown to the lions who must learn and learn uickly how to protect herself and the people of England to whom she is now swornMy thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book Reading Sharon Kay Penman s Here Be Dragons taught me a lot about the kingdom after the Norman conuest and the taking of Wales I may not have enjoyed it for the story s sake but I did enjoy learning about the period and I recommend it for that reasonClick here to read my interview with author Patricia Bracewell

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read Shadow on the Crown free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download Sband 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 reade. My 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 see you like this Emma Do you hear me However great the provocation you must never allow anyone to see your fearI 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 appreciated her interpretation of the romances In most historical fiction novels the romances are portrayed similarly to a historical romance bodice ripper and just comes off as corny rather than genuineEach character was given their own uniue voice and even though they were not a main character their bits in the story still shown Emma was an amazingly strong character and it was a joy to read the majority of this story through her eyes The POV does occasionally switch up but is not overdone and provides additional and necessary facets of this storyWhat truly blows me away about this novel is that it s a debut novel The few historical fiction debut novels I ve read in the past have all read like the author is re wording their history books Patricia Bracewell managed to re tell a piece of history and imbue something vibrant into it It s uite obvious that the author is passionate about history and this time period in general but her passion is addicting and made it a true joy to read Shadow on the Crown does not tell all of Emma s story so I m very much looking forward to future books

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read Shadow on the Crown free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download 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 meets for the first time at the church door Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court with a husband who mistrusts her stepsons wh. 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 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 sexual rival for the king s bed and a touch of romance Shadow on the Crown is a terrific debut focusing on a strong and fascinating woman in one of England s many turbulent and gripping times ARC courtesy of Viking Adult via Edelweiss


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    read Shadow on the Crown Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell 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

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    EBOOK Shadow on the Crown 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 Norma

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    EBOOK Shadow on the Crown free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell On Christmas morning 1001AD King Aethelred of England's wife dies giving birth to their twelfth child As king he m

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    free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell EBOOK Shadow on the Crown Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download 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 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

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    Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell EBOOK Shadow on the Crown 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 uite a good number of them I am not entirely sure this is one of themLet me begin

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    EBOOK Shadow on the Crown Patricia Bracewell í 0 free download free read É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Patricia Bracewell My 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

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  • ebook
  • 378
  • Shadow on the Crown
  • Patricia Bracewell
  • English
  • 14 December 2018
  • 9781101606193