A Hollow Crown

by Helen Hollick

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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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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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ISBN: 9780099272342
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Publisher: Arrow
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780099272342
Publication date: 6th January 2005
Author: Helen Hollick
Publisher: Arrow
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 880 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About 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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