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About the book

In a refreshing departure from the typical Regency romance, Patricia Bracewell’s Shadow on the Crown presses beyond the predictable scope of historical fiction. The charged medieval tale marches boldly into the genre’s ranks, re imagining an Anglo-Saxon English court where the haunting power of myth, the force of history, and the indelible strength of human passions collide.

In a time when men trade women like pawns and an heir’s birth can incite war, 15-year-old Emma, Queen of England, must keep a white-knuckled grip on both her crown and her life. As she fights to control her own fate, we experience the pressures, both personal and political, of a royal court full of mistrusting adversaries. Unchecked ambition draws death close, and the novel’s story moves with urgency through forbidden romance, a dangerous rivalry around Emma’s throne, and a devastating Viking invasion.

Patricia Bracewell illuminates the time period with acute historical details and vivid renderings of English landscape and life. Impressively researched, Shadow on the Crown draws its inspiration from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Emma, Æthelred and Elgiva are all mentioned in one of the only written records to emerge from the time period. Thus Shadow on the Crown is a natural fit for fans of Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, and even George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

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