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The Forever Queen: Sometimes, a desperate kingdom is in need of one great woman by [Hollick, Helen]
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Hollick gets medieval in this excellent historical. As a young teenager, Emma of Normandy is married off to Aethelred of England to secure an alliance in 1002 C.E., and though initially frightened of her crude and violent husband, she soon learns that his bluster is a cover for his weakness and cowardice. When Aethelred dies, his throne is taken by a Viking usurper, Cnut, who claims Emma along with the crown. In him, Emma finds a love that she doesn't expect, but constant political treachery threatens their marriage, their lives, and the inheritance of their children. Hollick does a remarkable job of bringing to life a little known but powerful queen, as well as the milieu and world she inhabited. The scope is vast and the cast is huge, but Hollick remains firmly in control, giving readers an absorbing plot that never lags over the course of a fat, satisfying book. (Nov.) (c)
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Like Bernard Cornwell, Hollick mines the richly textured history of Saxon England, producing a striking portrait of an unruly era poised on the threshold of major transformation. Married off to King Aethelred of England at age 13, Emma, daughter of the Duke of Normandy, far exceeds her value as a strategic female pawn, as she pledges her enduring allegiance to her adopted homeland. Despising her weakling husband, she and her children retreat to Normandy when England is invaded by the Danes. However, her all-consuming passion to save her country and retain her crown eventually leads her into the confidence as well as the arms of Cnut, Viking king of England. Wife of two kings, mother to two more, Emma has a remarkable life story providing a suitably dramatic backdrop for this fictional romp throught the fractured political and social landscape of eleventh-century England. --Margaret Flanagan

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  • File Size: 2621 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JU7QW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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