Set in England when Vikings are on the brink of invasion, this is an epic tale of seduction, war, and unrequited love from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction
The year is 1001 and England is under threat. The air off the southern coast hangs heavy, thick with the fear of Viking sea raids.
For England’s King Æthelred the night sky is heavy with a dark portent. England’s future hangs in the balance, its path determined by a struggle for the King’s own heart. Two women – Emma, his Norman bride and Elgiva, his Anglo Saxon mistress – will stop at nothing in their battle for the King’s favour and the Queen’s Coronet. But the sky speaks of a royal death and ahead of all three is a journey fraught with danger and deception.
Patricia Bracewell, an outstanding new voice in historical fiction, weaves together a tale of war and betrayal to extraordinary dramatic effect.
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‘A magnificent work of historical fiction, evoking time and place in a remarkable way’ DAILY MAIL
‘This is one of the most enthralling and captivating novels I've ever read. It truly is an epic novel. I can't wait to read the next book by this author’ KAREN MAITLAND
‘A meticulously researched, lyrically written tale which shines a sensuous light into the murkier depths of the Dark Ages’ ROBERT LOW
‘A highly entertaining addition to the historical fiction genre’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
‘Readers of historical sagas and romances will embrace this rich narrative’ LIBRARY JOURNAL
‘What a great book! Fascinating… a tense, exciting story’ DIANA GABALDON, author of the bestselling Outlander series
‘A well-wrought journey back to those little known times, this novel entertains while it educates’ Margaret George, bestselling author of ELIZABETH I and HELEN OF TROYAbout the Author:
Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an MA in English Literature, but has always been fascinated by English history – an interest that led her to a brief course in Anglo-Saxon history at Downing College, Cambridge University. She has two grown-up sons, and she lives with her Canadian husband in Oakland, California.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Using the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as her marker, Patricia Bracewell has produced a magnificent work of historical fiction, evoking time and place in a remarkable way, and engaging the reader firmly in her story." The Daily Mail (UK) "Author Patricia Bracewell's words have a life of their own in 'Shadow on the Crown,' making for a stunning, well-researched, historical fiction debut" The Desert News "Bracewell delivers a highly entertaining addition to the historical fiction genre." Publisher's Weekly "The familiar themes of political rivalry, court scandal, and disputed lineage so often explored in historical fiction get a new cast of schemers and scoundrels set in a less familiar but no less dramatic period of English history. Readers of historical sagas and romances will embrace this rich narrative." Library Journal "Bracewell's portrayal of Emma. is a real tour de force. A five star debut!" Historical Novel Society Magazine "What a great book! A fascinating, little-known period of history, a tense, exciting story, and characters who spring as naturally from their own time as mushrooms from the forest floor." Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series "Who could have known that the court of Aethelred the Unready was as full of intrigue, passion, and danger as anything in Tudor times? A well-wrought journey back to those little known times, this novel entertains while it educates." Margaret George, author of Elizabeth I: A Novel "A stellar achievement." Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and The Diva "A woman whose spirit will not be vanquished, Emma of Normandy will live in your heart long after you finish the last page." Ella March Chase, author of Three Maids for a Crown "From the moment I picked up the book it captivated me, calling me back and back again until I abandoned everything to finish it in a breathless rush. Brava!" Emma Campion, author of The King's Mistress "Shadow on the Crown drew me in from the first page and held me in its grip. a vivid and compelling tale." Gillian Bagwell, author of The September Queen. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0143124358
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