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A Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick
  

A Hollow Crown

Historical Fiction   
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Anglo-Saxon skulduggery seen through the life of Emma of Normandy, married at aged 13 to King Aethelred. A fascinating tale from a neglected period

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A Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick

Aged only thirteen, Emma, daughter of the Duke of Normandy, is married in a strategic alliance to King Aethelred of England. Inept and arrogant, Aethelred is loathed by his young wife, whom he punishes for his many failings as a ruler. Their first son, Edward, is born through an act of violence that is little more than rape. England is invaded by the Viking King Swein Forkbeard and his son Cnut.

After a bitter struggle, Aethelred loses his kingdom and his wife. Emma, now dowager queen, holds London against the invader Cnut. When he demands she surrender or suffer the consequences, Emma stakes everything on a dangerous gamble, but troubles and tragedy still await the indomitable queen as she struggles for power and for survival.


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Joins the ranks of Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Stewart and Marion Bradley Pendragon Magazine Helen Hollick has a powerful talent for bringing the past vividly to life Elizabeth Chadwick A spellbinding novel - a fabulous read and one to be recommended unreservedly. If only all historical fiction could be this good Historical Novels Review Saxon England comes alive in this stunning novel of political intrigue, tragedy and an indomitable queen. A colourful and compelling read Lancashire Evening Post Compelling, convincing and unforgettable Sharon Penman


About the Author

Helen Hollick
Helen Hollick is the author of a trilogy of novels about Arthurian Britain: The Kingmaking, Pendragon's Banner and Shadow of the King, as well as Harold the King. She lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th January 2005

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Helen Hollick

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Publisher

Arrow

Format

Paperback
880 pages

Categories

Historical fiction

ISBN

9780099272342

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