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A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy, brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness, and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine.

In the year 1012, England’s Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a suspicious king who eyes her efforts with hostility and resentment. But royal discord shifts to grudging alliance when Cnut of Denmark, with the secret collusion of his English concubine Elgiva, invades England at the head of a massive viking army. Amid the chaos of war, Emma must outwit a fierce enemy whose goal is conquest and outmaneuver the cunning Elgiva, who threatens all those whom Emma loves.

©2021 Patricia Bracewell (P)2021 Patricia Bracewell

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  • 26-08-2021

Enjoyed this series!

I am a big fan of historical fiction. And I loved this trilogy. I didn't even know a Queen Emma existed, so many books have focused on better known English kings and queens. Some reviews have complained about the narrator however she spoke clearly and I was able to understand everything she read. I enjoyed the series.

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  • Debrah
  • 16-04-2021

Felt like it ended too soon

I get that the Author would have to imagine Emma of Normandy during Cnut's reign. She was able to do it in her first marriage but totally ended the story unfinished after Cnut comes to power. Sad.

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  • Ann Rose
  • 16-04-2021

Queen Emma

Loved this book. Well done. Over too soon! Patricia Bracewell takes you back in time & captures the essence of what Emma must have been like, with her trials, tribulations, passions and spirit.

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  • Richard
  • 25-03-2021

Fantastic!!

A brilliant final book to an epic trilogy. Emma is one of the most fascinating figures in British history and her world is brought to life superbly. It's a gripping tale with a host of vividly painted characters. Can't recommend this trilogy enough. I'm just sad I've finished it.

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