A rich tale of power
and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen
In 1002, fifteen-year-old
Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of
England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an
unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons
who resent her, and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend
herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.
to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at
court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a
man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion
jeopardize both her crown and her life.
Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating,
overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find
her place in the world will resonate with modern readers. Download and start listening now!